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  • UNO STEM TRAIL Center May 2022 Newsletter
    Monthly newsletter for the STEM TRAIL (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Teaching, Research, and Inquiry-based Learning) Center at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
  • USC Assistant Director of Faculty Development - STEM
    This is a senior-level faculty development position, specializing in STEM disciplines, requiring extensive professional teaching and faculty development experience in a research university setting, with a focus on supporting best practices in both on ground and online instruction at the University of Southern California.
  • Anti-Racism Resources for STEM Education Centers

    At NSEC 2020, we asked participants to share resources related to ending racism. This is a non-comprehensive crowd-sourced collection.

  • New free resource for leading change: The Science Education Initiative Handbook
    The Science Education Initiative Handbook has practical advice and a suite of resources for those leading initiatives, soliciting departmental proposals, department leaders organizing work with their faculty, or for postdocs or instructors partnering with faculty to make changes to their courses.
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STEM Centers

Campus Centers in STEM Education

STEM education centers and related offices are the hub of campus-based efforts leading the transformation of undergraduate STEM education at their institutions and beyond. While there is large variety in the structure and identity of STEM education efforts, they all have common functions and goals. Read more »

The Network

The Network

NSEC is an organization of campus-based centers and offices that serve as catalysts for educational transformation in STEM. The network allows center leadership, university and college administrators, and state and national policymakers to have a central hub for their communal efforts. Read more »

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Network Resources

Together with partners, NSEC has developed a number of resources that can assist STEM Education Centers in their missions and development. The STEM Ed Center Toolkit, Research Action Clusters, Center Profiles, and other resources are available to help spread expertise around the network Read more »

NSEC Webinar:Center Roles in Undergraduate STEM Education: A Guide for Self-Evaluation

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 9:00 - 10:30 am PT | 10:00 - 11:30 am MT | 11:00 - 12:30 pm CT | 12:00 - 1:30 pm ET

Zoom recording is here.

PDF of presentation is here.


We are excited to share the Center Roles in Undergraduate STEM Education: A Guide for Self-Evaluation with the NSEC community! This publication provides a guide for STEM Education Centers (SECs) and Centers for Teaching and Learning (CTLs) to carry out a self-assessment process focusing on their roles in undergraduate STEM education. The guide and The Model for Center Practices in Undergraduate STEM Education developed and authored by Dr. Deborah Carlisle, is informed by research carried out at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as part of an APLU and NSF-funded project for NSEC by Dr. Gabriela C. Weaver and Dr. Deborah L. Carlisle. As part of the culmination of this research, we offer this guide to support the NSEC community, and the center community broadly, in their mission to improve undergraduate education.

Since this is such a rich resource for centers, we are providing a guided tour of the Guide. Please join Debbie and some of your center colleagues as they unveil this invaluable tool for centers. 


This webinar is designed to support STEM Education Centers and Centers for Teaching in Learning in the evaluation process of their centers. We welcome center directors, associate directors, staff, and faculty, who are seeking information regarding how to successfully evaluate the work of their center. Additionally, we invite all individuals associated with STEM education programming, research, and services that pertain to a college or university center.


  • This webinar is designed to support STEM Education Centers and Centers for Teaching in Learning in their mission to improve undergraduate education. 
  • We will provide an overview of the ways in which these resources can be used to explore and evaluate areas of strength and opportunity for centers who work in the undergraduate space.
  • To introduce The Model for Center Practices in Undergraduate STEM Education as a framework to facilitate the use of these self-assessment resources.


  • Deborah Carlisle, Post-Doctoral Research Associate at UMass Amherst and Instructor of Biology at Williams College
  • Jennifer Frederick, Executive Director of the Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Ken Griffith, Assistant Director of the Teaching, Learning & Professional Development Center (TLPDC) and Director of the STEP Program in the TLPDC, and Instructor in Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University. 
  • Shanna Shaked, Senior Associate Director, Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences at UCLA

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