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Recommendations for societies and networks

Report on "The Role of Professional Societies in STEM Faculty Workshops" (Report, ACS 2012). Contains expanded versions of presentations from a conference, describing current scientific society efforts to improve college level STEM faculty teaching.

Bay View Alliance (Network). A network of universities working to improve teaching and learning in higher education. Includes three Research Action Clusters: Entry level courses, intellectual skills in multiple disciplines, measurement and analytics, and professional development. Includes a Teaching Practices Survey (modified from Wieman et al) and a departmental case study protocol for assessing change. Also included in: Leadership, measurement.

STEM education centers: A national discussion (APLU Report, 2014). Discusses the national STEM Education Center coalition and common challenges of local campus STEM centers. Also included in: Change Strategies. Relevant for: Administrators, campus STEM centers

American Society of Microbiology (Article). Looking at 20 years of American Society for Microbiology programs; how the society programs have grown an changed and recommendations for the future.

Preparation of change agents (e.g., postdocs leading change)

CWSEI Science Teaching and Learning Fellow role and development (website and white papers). This website gathers information on how STF postdocs in the Science Education Initiative were supported, including defining their role, the training they got, and reflections on their job.

Learning Assistant Alliance (website). Includes information on supporting and training undergraduate Learning Assistants (LAs), and joining with other institutions to promote this change program. Allows uploading of concept inventory data for comparison to other institutions. Also included in: networks, assessment. Relevant for:

From Faculty to Change Agent: Lessons Learned in the Development and Implementation of a Change Workshop (Article, 2014) Presents successful change strategies through workshop preparation and facilitation, for change agents, that take into account the pressures in higher education. Relevant for:

The Evolution of Curricular Change Models within the Foundation Coalition (Article, 2014). This paper examines one aspect of the curricular change process undertaken by the Foundation Coalition (FC); specifically, how understanding about curricular change held by the FC leaders evolved as they moved through the process of establishing a new curriculum at their institutions. Also Included in: Theory. Relevant for: Experts.

A guide to building educational partnerships: Navigating diverse cultural contexts to turn challenge into promise. (Book, 2011) Hora and Miller. This book provides insights and guidance to enable prospective and existing education partners to develop answers to the questions that are critical to success: Why engage in this partnership? How can you communicate the potential benefits of partnership? Helpful for establishing working groups. Also included in: Theory. Relevant for: Novices and experts.

Strategies for collaborating across disciplines (APLU Report, 2012). This paper describes factors that influence the success of collaborations involving STEM and Education faculty at research universities who work toward postsecondary STEM education improvement. Includes role of 'literacy brokers' who help faculty understand STEM education research and theory and key strategies for these brokers. Relevant for: Change agents.

Mend the Gap: Inside Higher Ed (Article, 2016) Articles about leadership and faculty careers for Inside Higher Ed in the column Mend the Gap, including advice for chairs, leadership guidance, and other practical advice.

Increasing Student Success in STEM: A Guide to systemic institutional change. (Guidebook, 2016) From AAC&U and PKAL, authored by Elrod and Kezar is aimed at campus leaders and administrators who are leading comprehensive reforms, including addressing implicit theories of change, avoiding mistakes, project management, team development, and sustaining change, with a practical focus. Also included in: Leadership, change strategies. Relevant for: Novices, administrators, change agents.

CU STEM Institutional Transformation Action Research (SITAR) Project (website). CU AAU project; describes model of systemic change ("outside-in" model) and emergence of Departmental Action Teams (DATs) for supporting change . Also included in: Strategies, Theory.

Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE) Toolkit, Ambassadors, and Rubrics (program, website). Network to stimulate department-level implementation of Vision and Change provides many resources for strategic planning. This group also has a new grant to expand and build on their training for "PULSE Ambassadors," who are trained to go to departments and facilitate their discussions as they determine how to implement V&C. This project has a lot of promise, and is interacting with organizational and systemic change experts in this leadership development. Also included in: Networks, leadership.

Ethnology and Evaluation Research at CU Boulder (website). E&ER conducts research and evaluation on a variety of issues in STEM education, including student and faculty outcomes, women in science, under-represented minorities, professional development, student-centered education, and out of school learning. Also included in: Cross cutting issues, assessment. Relevant for: Experts.

American Association for Community Colleges leadership competencies (guidebook, unknown date). Excellent resources on leadership capabilities needed for developing leaders in community colleges. Also included in cross-cutting resources.

Becoming Agents of Change in STEM Toolkit (Toolkit, 2011). USC Center for Urban Education, with Dowd, Bensimon, Piqueux. The toolkit provides definitions of change/institutional/empowerment agents, case studies, vignettes, self-assessment tools and diagnostics, and several research reports that outline recommendations for change agents in STEM (serving in different capacities). Also included in: Programs.

Developing the capacity of faculty to become institutional agents for Latinos in STEM (Bensimon & Dowd, 2012). A report aimed at increasing STEM degree attainment for Latinos, through supporting faculty to act as institutional agents to promote Latino student success.

The Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at UBC: A Dean's Perspective (white paper). By Dean Simon Peacock, describes his perspective on the lessons learned as Dean helping to lead this effort. 1473358105 (Acrobat (PDF) 101kB Sep8 16)

Students as change agents. Students can be agents of change. At the undergraduate level, see the Learning Assistant model which trains undergraduates in pedagogy to support active learning classrooms. At the graduate level, see the Berkeley Compass Project and the newly forming ACCESS network, which empowers graduate students to take ownership of their learning.

Association of Talent Development (website, conference). This is in the area of human resources and leadership development, and provides a business-side model of identifying competencies and training leaders in various capacities. Other related resources in Leadership Development include Britt Andreatta (Dean at UC Santa Barbara, wrote Wired to Grow), Vital Smarts (training company, including book and course "Influencer" on creating organizational change).

Faculty professional development

See also "instructional resources" under Cross-cutting issues for several resources listing pedagogical guidance and practice.

Virtual New Faculty Workshop in Physics (Website, 2016). Led by disciplinary societies, this 20+ year professional development program has been shown to have a substantial impact on faculty awareness of, and initial use of, active learning strategies. These videos show some of the sessions. See also the workshop website Relevant for: Novices.

Influence of Collaborative Curriculum Design on Educational Beliefs, Communities of Practitioners, and Classroom Practice in Transportation Engineering Education (Article, 2014). Describes outcomes from a workshop for engineering faculty aimed at pedagogical change. Also Included in: Theory. Relevant for: Experts.

Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Science Careers (Website). Network of individuals: Our broader mission is to positively impact the outcomes of efforts aimed at broadening participation in research and research careers through the expansion and dissemination of the relevant body of knowledge, and facilitate its implementation in practice, policy development, training, and professional development. Also Included in: Theory

An exploration of successful postsecondary STEM education reform at 5 science and math teacher imperative institutions (APLU report, 2012). Summary of a study of several institutions and how they created space for undergraduate education reform while attending to traditional constraints at R1 institutions, with an emphasis on the role of faculty. Also Included in: Theory. Relevant for:

Faculty Development and Student Learning: Condon et al., 2015 (Book, 2015). Condon, Iverson, Manduca et al. reports the results of a multi-year study undertaken by faculty at Carleton College and Washington State University to assess how students' learning is affected by faculty members' efforts to become better teachers, including assessment of faculty development effectiveness. Also Included in: Costs and Benefits, measurement.

Bay View Alliance (Network). A network of universities working to improve teaching and learning in higher education. Includes three Research Action Clusters: Entry level courses, intellectual skills in multiple disciplines, measurement and analytics, and professional development. Includes a Teaching Practices Survey (modified from Wieman et al) and a departmental case study protocol for assessing change. Also included in: Change networks, measurement.