published January 1, 2007

SENCER E-Newsletter, January 2007, Volume 6, Issue 4

National Center for Science and Civic Engagement Invited to be a CASTL Affiliate

Matthew Fisher, Saint Vincent College


The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement has been accepted as part of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) Affiliates Program, which is an ongoing initiative to encourage and support institutions in the early stages of their commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Institutions that apply to the CASTL Affiliate program are those that are prepared to make a commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning by exploring the place of such work in their settings, and undertaking activities that provide support and recognition for ongoing inquiry into evidence-based improvement of student learning. The National Center, through SENCER, its signature program, has been developing initiatives in this area, and will continue to expand its efforts through this new opportunity for collaboration.


SENCER's participation in this program will be guided by a team of five members who will be responsible for coordinating local efforts, communicating with the Carnegie Foundation, and representing the group at yearly CASTL convenings. Team members include Matt Fisher (Saint Vincent College), Spencer Benson (University of Maryland), Monica Devanas (Rutgers University), Theo Koupelis (University of Wisconsin-Marathon), David Ferguson (Stony Brook University), and David Burns (PI, SENCER). SENCER has committed itself to bringing visibility to the scholarship of teaching and learning within the community of people involved with the project and creating public occasions to share progress and results. CASTL provides collaboration with others dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and learning at regular convening opportunities associated with the CASTL Program, through use of the Knowledge Media Lab's KEEP Toolkit and Snapshot to document and disseminate our work, and through the visibility/recognition of SENCER's commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning.


The first SENCER-CASTL joint venture will be a workshop on the scholarship of teaching and learning scheduled to be held just prior to the 2007 SENCER Summer Institute on August 2 in Portland, Maine. Future SENCER newsletters will feature more information on registration for the workshop.