Synthesizing lessons for creating change in faculty, programs, institutions, and regional networks: SAGE 2YC Faculty as Change Agents

Monday 1:30pm TSU - Humphries: 203

Authors

John McDaris, Carleton College
Eric Baer, Highline Community College
Norlene Emerson, University of Wisconsin - Richland
Jan Hodder, University of Oregon
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary
Carol Ormand, Carleton College
The 17 teams of 2YC faculty participating in the SAGE 2YC Faculty as Change Agents project have spent between two and four years working together to transform their teaching, their geoscience programs and departments, interactions with their institutions, and the network of geoscience educators in their region. In preparation for the project's culminating workshop in June 2019, the teams have written extensive descriptions of their goals, the activities they have conducted, and the results they have seen at all four of these scales and across the three strands of the project: broadening participation in geoscience, facilitating students' professional pathways, and supporting the academic success of all students. Each team's description is written to provide examples and advice for other faculty who may wish to focus on similar goals in their own context.
In addition to serving as exemplars, these descriptions serve as the foundation for a set of webpages synthesizing lessons learned across the whole project. Looking across multiple teams' activities, the change agents developed pages highlighting effective strategies for work in 6 broad areas: supporting academic success, facilitating career pathways, supporting transfer, broadening participation, developing a regional community, and making lasting change happen in two-year college programs and institutions. The webpages resulting from this synthesis provide a mechanism for users to see how different teams tackled similar issues by bringing together guidance related to these themes as well as examples drawn directly from the teams' work. The process was designed to allow all of the participants to contribute their expertise across all topics so that the resulting information is able to document the best ideas of the whole community of practice.