Growth Mindset - Faculty Focus

Best Practices: What growth mindset strategies lead to a sense of belonging and self-efficacy for students?

Professional Development: What UNT professional development opportunities support growth mindset and an inclusive student experience?

Syllabus Development: How can the syllabus be used as a tool for inclusion?

Mindset Assessments: How can beliefs about the malleability of intelligence, status of learning, and attitude about struggle and failure be measured?

Research: What studies provide a measurable effect of mindset on student success?

Literature, Podcasts, and Videos: What literature and audio-visual resources support growth mindset theory?

Diamond    Best Practices

Piece of paper with a target and arrow     Professional Development

4 puzzle pieces    Syllabus Development

  • The UNT Syllabus: Access UNT Course Syllabi Requirements Policy and the DSI CLEAR Syllabus Template. The syllabus template is a development tool that provides a model for presenting with standards and procedures with growth mindset language.
  • First Day Toolkit: Utilize the Student Experience Project’s First Day Toolkit to revise syllabi and other communications students receive to create an inclusive classroom culture and support systems to foster a positive student experience. Apply practical tips for developing syllabi by completing the Student Experience Project’s online module, “Your Syllabus as a Tool to Promote Student Equity, Belonging, and Growth.”
  • Inclusive Teaching Practices Toolkit: Explore ten inclusive teaching practices that benefit faculty and students, including syllabus language, suggestions for diversity statements, and opportunities for low-stakes syllabi engagement.

Head with cog in front of it    Mindset Assessments

Book with magnifying glass with a question mark in the middle    Research

3 folders    Literature, Podcasts, and Videos


Inclusion on Purpose book cover


Read Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work to explore how leaders and organizations can foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Listen to Dare to Lead: “Inclusion on Purpose" to hear how Ruchika Tulshyan built her B.R.I.D.G.E. Framework around growth mindset.

Watch The Beautiful Truth: Ruchika Tulshyan to uncover why inclusion is key to overcoming organizational barriers to success.



Mindset: The New Psychology of Success book cover


Read Mindset: The New Psychology of Success to weed out false growth mindset messaging and apply growth mindset to the culture within classrooms and groups within an organization.

Listen to The Psychology Podcast: The Latest Science of Growth Mindset with Carol Dweck to discover the effect of teacher mindset on mindset effectiveness.

Watch Carol Dweck’s TED Talk and/or Talks at Google: The Growth Mindset to learn the positive and negative consequences of both mindsets. 



What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching book cover


Read What Inclusive Instructors Do: Principles and Practices for Excellence in College Teaching to determine what factors an instructor should consider when designing an equitable course. 

Listen to Teaching in Higher Ed: What Inclusive Instructors Do (Episode 394) to hear Tracie Addy’s suggestions for creating equitable learning environments.  

Watch Webinar: What Inclusive Instructors Do to learn more about the authors of What Inclusive Instructors Do as they share why they wrote the books and highlight the small steps instructors can take to foster an inclusive learning environment. 


Challenging Mindset: Why a Growth Mindset Makes a Difference in Learning –  and What to Do When It Doesn't book cover


Read Challenging Mindset: Why a Growth Mindset Makes a Difference in Learning and What to Do When It Doesn’t to examine how mindset theory works and explore the relationship between mindset and grades.