Andrea Beach

Western Michigan University

Dr. Andrea L. Beach is a Professor of Higher Education Leadership and Co-Director of the Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education (CRICPE) at Western Michigan University.  She founded and was Director of the Office of Faculty Development at WMU from 2008-2015.  She received her Master’s degree in Adult and Continuing Education and her PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) from Michigan State University in 1998 and 2003, respectively.  Her research centers on organizational change in higher education, support of innovation in teaching and learning, faculty learning communities, and faculty development as a change lever. She is a co-author of Creating the Future of Faculty Development:  Learning from the Past, Understanding the Present(Sorcinelli, Austin, Eddy & Beach, 2006), and is lead author on a 10-year follow-up to that work, Faculty Development in the Age of Evidence: Current Practices, Future Imperatives(Beach, Sorcinelli, Austin & Rivard, 2016). She has been PI and co-PI on several NSF-funded grants focused on instructional change strategies that have produced articles and book chapters on instructional change strategies, as well as instruments to self-report instruction and academic department climate for instructional improvement.  She is most recently director of a $3.2 million project funded by the US Department of Education’s First in the World program to undertake, document, and measure outcomes of institutional transformation aimed at improving the persistence and academic success of students from low-income backgrounds.

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Accelerating Systemic Change Network part of Accelerating Systemic Change Network
The Accelerating Systemic Change Network (ASCN) is a network of individuals and institutions, formed with the goal of more quickly advancing STEM education programs. Our unique approach is to bring together those who are researching systemic change at higher education institutions, with those who are making systemic change happen at their individual institutions. By closing the loop between researchers and change agents, we aim to accelerate change at program and institution levels, and to improve STEM education nationally.

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A Survey Tool to Assess Team Collaboration Around Instructional Change part of Transforming Institutions Conference 2023:Program:Presentations:Session B
Instructional change teams are increasingly common in efforts to improve undergraduate STEM instruction. Such teams include three or more members who may have different perspectives and backgrounds. When they are ...