- Christopher Silver, Ed.D.
- Understanding and Teaching about Implicit Bias
- Project Manager, Academic Affairs, UTC
- Dr. Christopher F. Silver has been the Instructor of Record for over 12 years in the fields of Psychology and Religious Studies. He has also conducted extensive research in the field of psychology of religion and spirituality. Much of his work has focused on religious deconversion, spirituality, and religious nonbelief. His research has been featured both in local and national media. Currently, Dr. Silver’s interest lies in the area of stigma, and the role stigma plays in influencing self-identity and self-esteem. His work intersects between implicit prejudice and attitudes research. Dr. Silver holds and Ed.D. in Learning and Leadership from UTC, as well as Masters degrees in Religion and Culture (Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario Canada) and Research Psychology (UTC) and he is currently completing a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Social Psychology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
Understanding and Teaching about Implicit Bias
Much of the diversity discourse has historically centered on explicit bias. Recent trends are displaying the need for more attention on implicit bias. Explicit bias is defined as the blatant and overt preference of one group over others. This type of bias is generally the commonly defined prototype of acts of discrimination and prejudice. Implicit bias, however, while commonly mentioned and discussed in the diversity literature, typically lacks an operational definition and is defined through examples within science. This lecture based presentation will discuss implicit bias, how it operates within our minds, how it can manifest in employee selections and classroom interactions, and what we can do to ensure proactive awareness of our implicit biases; including the creation of policies, procedures and practices that promote equity and inclusion.