Initial Publication Date: September 23, 2019

Collaborative Dynamics in Collective STEM Reform Initiatives

Thursday, October 24, 2019

11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Presenter: Lucas B. Hill (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

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Reform efforts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education increasingly rely on collaboration from diverse stakeholders to achieve collective change goals. The basic premise is that initiatives can achieve more collectively than through individual siloed reform efforts. Yet, despite recent efforts to frame and even model productive collaboration (e.g., Collective Impact and networked improvement communities), our understanding of how to build collaborative STEM reform initiatives among diverse partners is still rather nascent (though certainly growing). In this webinar, the author will present the Dimensions of Collaborative Dynamics Framework, which identifies the key elements, related to motivation, group norms and processes, support resources, and leadership, that collaborative STEM reform initiatives need to pay attention to in advancing their collective change goals. The framework is the result of a synthesis of three decades of multidisciplinary research and literature regarding complex multi-institutional and multi-sector collaboration and partnerships.


This webinar is designed for individuals involved in STEM education reform initiatives or even recipients of change efforts; this includes STEM future and current faculty; academic and administrative leaders at 2- and 4-year colleges and universities; and leaders and staff of non-profit organizations, professional societies and disciplinary associations, and funding organizations.


As a result of this webinar, participants will learn:

  • the dimensions of collaborative dynamics (and relevant literature background),
  • how the dimensions manifest in collaborative STEM reform initiatives, and
  • how each dimension can impact the change projects in which they are engaged.


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Time - 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET
Duration - 60 minutes
Format - Online web presentation via Zoom web meeting software with questions and discussion. Go to the webinar technology page for more information on using Zoom. Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.
Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

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Lucas Hill
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lucas B. Hill is an Associate Researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). His research focuses on the role of higher education networks in implementing systemic education reform, particularly related to the preparation of future faculty, the adoption of evidence-based pedagogical practices, and broadening the participation of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) education. He is a member of research and evaluation teams on three large projects: (1) the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a network of 37 universities dedicated to improving undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education through graduate student teaching professional development; (2) the National Science Foundation (NSF) Aspire Alliance, which is a large-scale initiative to prepare a diverse and inclusive national STEM faculty to broaden participation of students from underrepresented groups; and (3) another NSF-funded initiative to build an open-access, multimodal inclusive teaching course for future and current STEM faculty. He earned a B.A. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Brigham Young University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University.


  1. Welcome and introductory marks
  2. Presentation
  3. Q&A
  4. Webinar evaluation

Resources and References

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