Embedding education specialists within departments to catalyze change

A Change Café Webinar

Thursday, February 28, 2019

10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Presenters: Warren Code (University of British Columbia) and Stephanie Chasteen (University of Colorado Boulder)

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Join authors Stephanie Chasteen and Warren Code as they discuss the messages from their new (free, open-source) Science Education Initiative Handbook on how to effectively use discipline-based education specialists to facilitate change within departments. We will discuss who makes a good educational expert, what their role can be within a department, how to train and support them, and engaging faculty and departments in change.

Read or download the SEI Handbook for free online at https://pressbooks.bccampus.ca/seihandbook/.


This webinar is designed for program organizers, administrators, and departmental leaders who are trying to support educational change within or across departments.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be prepared to:
  • Identify potential educational experts who can act as change agents within their departments.
  • Identify productive roles and mechanisms for training and supporting these change agents.
  • Consider effective strategies for engaging faculty and departments in the work of course transformation.


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Time - 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 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.

Please email Mitchell Awalt (mawalt at carleton.edu) if you have any technical questions about this event.


Dr. Warren J. Code, is the Associate Director of the Science Centre for Learning and Teaching at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He first joined the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) at UBC in 2010 as a postdoctoral Science Teaching and Learning Fellow in the Mathematics Department. In 2013, he moved to Skylight, the permanent unit in UBC's Faculty of Science which is an accomplished example of a discipline-based teaching and learning centre. He was the acting director for the CWSEI in its final years, and has advised universities interested in the SEI model from several countries by email, hosted visits, travel, and participation in TRESTLE. Along the way, he has published work related to active learning and student attitudes in undergraduate mathematics, as well as results related to the CWSEI's overall success.

Dr. Stephanie Chasteen is a physicist, research associate at the University of Colorado Boulder and active consultant, with a focus on supporting faculty adoption of evidence-based teaching practices. She is the Associate Director of the Science Education Initiative, where she began as a postdoctoral fellow in Physics. She is now the PI of the TRESTLE project at CU Boulder, helping to leverage the existing expertise built through the SEI to support further change at the institution. Stephanie has strategically avoided a faculty track, and considers herself a change agent and academic "at large," providing expertise and woman-power to support broad change in STEM education. Read more »


Embedding education specialists within departments to catalyze change Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4.8MB Feb28 19)

1) Welcome and introductory marks - Stephanie Chasteen

2) Presentation

3) Q&A

4) Webinar evaluation

Resources and References

Click to view or download the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 89.1MB Feb28 19).