Driving Change by Building Faculty Leaders and Fostering Community College Partnerships

Thursday 12:40 pm – 1:05 pm PT / 1:40 pm – 2:05 pm MT / 2:40 pm – 3:05 pm CT / 3:40 pm – 4:05 pm ET Online
Concurrent Session

Holly Godsey, University of Utah
Jordan Gerton, University of Utah
Allyson Rocks, University of Utah

UPSTEM (Utah Pathways to STEM) is an HHMI Inclusive Excellence project at the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College to build capacity for supporting people from diverse backgrounds. The project involves four major change components at the course, department, college and cross-institutional levels: 1) year-long, interdisciplinary and cross-institutional faculty learning communities (FLCs) that build leadership skills around inclusive teaching practices, 2) cross-institutional "articulation" teams composed of faculty and advisors who closely examine curricular bottlenecks, alignment of learning outcomes, and transfer pathways, 3) access to inter-institutional student-level data, and 4) assessment of the climate for students, faculty, and staff in the College of Science at the University of Utah.

In the FLCs, faculty use institutional data to identify needs and develop projects that range in complexity from simple course-level adjustments to large-scale college-wide reforms. Some outcomes of this work include the implementation of a course-level climate assessment, the development of a math course for pre-engineering students that unlocks the introductory engineering curriculum, the conception of a "Story Corps" project that captures experiences of diverse faculty, students and staff, and the creation of an action plan to improve equity, diversity and inclusion in the College of Science. The work of the articulation teams has resulted in changes to course sequencing, a shift in statewide rules for general education and associates degrees, and two new transfer degrees that seamlessly guide students to multiple STEM majors at the University of Utah.

The key to facilitating change at both institutions has been providing faculty with training and information on best practices in inclusive teaching and access to institutional data. Also, providing a community of peers who are working toward the same goal stimulates creative problem solving and helps empower faculty to take on tough structural and interpersonal challenges.

On Day 3 (3-3:25pm EDT), Working Group 3 will host a panel session with a leader from this session to help all attendees figure out how to implement this information. You can put any questions you have for the leader here in this padlet in advance of that panel.

Presentation Media

Driving Change by Building Faculty Leaders (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.3MB Jun10 21)
APS Degree plan (Acrobat (PDF) 193kB Jun10 21)