Initial Publication Date: January 29, 2018

Developing and Sustaining Effective Partnerships to Advance Change in STEM Higher Education

Wednesday, February 21st

9:30 am PT | 10:30 am MT | 11:30 am CT | 12:30 pm ET

Presenters: Marilyn Amey (Mildred B. Erickson Endowed Chair and Professor, Department of Educational Administration, Michigan State University), Sarah Rodriguez (Assistant Professor, School of Education, Iowa State University), and Lucas Hill (Assistant Researcher, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin - Madison)

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Successful STEM projects, especially those aiming to influence cultural and structural changes, involve working across organizational levels (e.g., disciplines, departments, colleges, institutions). Funders and administrative directives encourage collaborative efforts but typically focus more on reform mission of the collaborative rather than the functional developmental components. Experience clearly shows there is more to creating and sustaining effective educational partnerships. First, using a partnership development model, this session will help participants identify challenges to partnership development and strategies to address them. Then, lessons learned will be shared from experiences connecting with colleagues across campus and suggestions offered on how to utilize a wide-range of team expertise in campus partnerships/teams. Participants interactively will explore practical steps that can help overcome challenges working in interdisciplinary teams. Next, this session will offer a look at research findings and insights from two multi-institutional collaborations, the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a network of 41 universities focused on preparing future faculty, and CIRTL's NSF INCLUDES launch pilot. Participants will learn what are the key activities and characteristics of individuals who can successfully span the boundary between their organization and a larger partnership collective in service to local and national reform goals.


This webinar is designed for faculty, institutional change agents (e.g., program managers, center directors, department chairs, vice provosts) and national level change leaders (professional and disciplinary association administrators, network leaders) who are interested developing effective partnerships to advance systemic change in STEM Higher Education.


Following the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • recognize the complexity of developing partnerships.
  • identify essential characteristics of successful partnerships.
  • understand thinking and behavior required for engaging in effective partnerships.


The registration deadline has passed.

Time - 9:30 am PT | 10:30 am MT | 11:30 am CT | 12:30 pm ET
- 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 Awalt ( if you have any technical questions about this event.


Marilyn Amey
Michigan State University
Marilyn Amey is a professor of higher, adult, and lifelong education and chairperson of the Department of Educational Administration. In 2017, she was appointed as the Dr. Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education. She studies educational partnerships, particularly those of community colleges, leadership, including how leaders learn, post-secondary governance and administration, and faculty concerns, including interdisciplinary academic work. Her current work focuses on education partnerships including a multi-year evaluation of a multiple- institutional interdisciplinary consortium and factors affecting student transfer and degree attainment. She is co-PI of the evaluation team for the BEACON Science and Technology Center and is leading the evaluation efforts studying the AGEP-CIRTL network improvement community, both projects funded by NSF.

Sarah Rodriguez
Iowa State University
Sarah L. Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Iowa State University. Dr. Rodriguez's research addresses issues of equity, access, and retention in higher education, with a focus on Latina/o students and students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Currently, she is involved with several large-scale interdisciplinary research projects (AGEP, RED, SSTEM, LSAMP) focused on institutional environments and STEM identity development which have been sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). She received her PhD in Higher Education Leadership from The University of Texas at Austin and holds a master's degree with a focus in College Student Personnel from The University of Tennessee. She also holds a bachelor's degree in English and Spanish from Texas A&M University-Commerce and was a transfer student from Trinity Valley Community College. To learn more about her current projects, visit her website.

Lucas Hill
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lucas Hill is an Assistant 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 the Evaluation and Research Team of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) and currently leads a national study of CIRTL's impact, a large study of the career pathways of community college STEM faculty, and provides research and evaluation support for the CIRTL INCLUDES project. 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.


ASCN Webinar Slides 02_21_18 (Acrobat (PDF) 11.7MB Feb21 18)

1) Welcome and introductory marks - Mitchell Awalt, SERC

2) Picking Good Partners: Challenges and Strategies for Developing Effective Partnerships - Marilyn Amey, Michigan State University

3) Working in Interdisciplinary Teams: Lessons Learned in Influencing STEM Change - Sarah Rodriguez, Iowa State University

4) Making the Most of Multi-Institutional Collaboration through Key Boundary-Spanning Individuals - Lucas Hill, University of Wisconsin - Madison

5) Q&A

6) Webinar Evaluation

Resources and References

Click to view the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 796.8MB Feb22 18).