Initial Publication Date: December 7, 2020

Facilitating Change Through the Departmental Action Team (DAT) Model

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET
(Note: the duration of this webinar is 90 minutes)

Presenters: Joel Corbo, Center for STEM Learning, University of Colorado Boulder, Courtney Ngai, The Institute for Learning and Teaching, Colorado State University, Gina Quan, Department of Physics and Astronomy, San José State University, Sarah Wise, Center for STEM Learning, University of Colorado Boulder

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Join us for a conversation about the Departmental Action Team (DAT) Model, which utilizes facilitated teams to promote positive and sustained change in higher education. The presenters have co-facilitated 10+ DATs and are investigating the short and long-term impacts of the DAT model.

In this webinar, they will introduce the DAT model and its guiding principles for change. Participants will leave the webinar with a foundational understanding of the DAT model, how to apply the DAT model to new or ongoing change initiatives, and types of changes DATs can catalyze. Participants will discuss ideas about how the DAT model may work with national-scale change initiatives. Throughout the webinar, the presenters will point participants to resources that have been developed to support change, including their book Facilitating Change in Higher Education: The Departmental Action Team Model and a free toolkit of materials available at


Faculty, administrators, institutional change makers, organizational developers, facilitators (e.g., department chairs, deans, vice provosts, educational developers, faculty learning community facilitators, disciplinary association members and leaders). It should interest those who are actively leading or participating in change efforts, as well as those interested in starting initiatives.


By the end of this webinar, participants will gain:

  • Knowledge of the basic components of the DAT model.
  • Understanding how the DAT model is implemented, and ways it can be adapted.
  • Ability to evaluate if the DAT model is appropriate for catalyzing the kinds of change of interest.
  • Awareness of available DAT resources and how they can be used to support change in departmental contexts.


Registration deadline: Sunday, March 28

Time - 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET
Duration - 90 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 Bender-Awalt (mawalt at if you have any technical questions about this event.


  • Welcome and introductory remarks
  • Overview of DAT model
  • Impacts of DATs
  • Breakout groups
  • Implementing the DAT model
  • Q&A
  • Webinar Evaluation


Dr. Joel Corbo, Dr. Courtney Ngai, Dr. Gina Quan, and Dr. Sarah Wise have been involved in developing and implementing the Departmental Action Team (DAT) model for making sustained, positive change in undergraduate education. They have facilitated 17 DATs across two campuses. Their findings are found in the book Facilitating Change in Higher Education: The Departmental Action Team Model,along with many journal articles. They continue to work at the intersection of change, equity, and higher education.


Click to view or download the webinar recording (MP4 Video 330.2MB Mar31 21).