Materials for Faculty Development Workshops
Broadening Participation in the Geosciences / STEM
Broadening participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), and particularly in the geosciences, is one of the primary goals of the SAGE 2YC project. The geosciences are among the least diverse fields in the STEM disciplines (e.g. Huntoon and Lane, 2007 and Sidder, 2017). We need to diversify the geoscience workforce, both to strengthen the geoscience workforce and for the benefit of our society as a whole. Faculty members can lead the way, especially when they understand the challenges and the solutions surrounding issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM.
Diversity in action: Broadening participation through strategies for inclusion
This workshop session is designed to deepen faculty members' knowledge of evidence-based strategies for inclusion. In particular, our goals are for participants to
- Learn about the research on issues of broadening participation;
- Explore strategies to design an inclusive classroom and geoscience program; and
- Develop ideas for implementation of inclusion strategies in their work.
Supporting students' sense of belonging
This workshop session is designed to familiarize faculty members with the research literature on sense of belonging. In particular, at the end of the session, participants will
- Be able to define "belonging uncertainty" and describe how it undermines student academic success;
- Know about several key strategies for fostering students' sense of belonging; and
- Have a plan to implement at least one new strategy to foster students' sense of belonging in one or more courses.
Building students' science identity
This workshop session is designed to highlight strategies for infusing career information into our geoscience courses and for building our students' abilities to see themselves as future scientists. In particular, the goals of the session are to
- Infuse career information in class, on-line, and outside of class;
- Develop our students' awareness of the breadth of careers in geoscience; and
- Help our students to identify as scientists.
The strategies highlighted in these materials are applicable across all STEM disciplines. We borrowed the idea of using "scientist spotlights" from biology education research (Schinske et al. (2015)). The session consists of a presentation highlighting the lack of diversity in the geosciences and the key elements of building a science identity, followed by a gallery walk to share ideas and strategies for infusing career information into our courses and programs. This session can also be used to support Facilitating Students' Professional Pathways Session details and materials »
Supporting the Academic Success of All Students
Students enrolled at two-year colleges have a wide range of personal goals and academic preparation. Providing them with the skills and habits of mind they will need to succeed is challenging but possible and there are a number of strategies to do so.
Support student success in your teaching
This workshop session is designed to help faculty learn about effective ways to (re)design their courses and use active learning techniques to stimulate greater student learning. The goals of this session are to:
- Introduce participants to the principles of Backwards Design.
- Expose participants to several different active learning strategies and develop plans for implementing them in their courses.
- Introduce participants to various assessment strategies they can use in their courses.
The strategies highlighted in these materials are applicable across all STEM disciplines. Backwards Design and Active Learning are highly effective ways of improving student learning regardless of what subject area is involved. The session consists of presentation slides for the whole session, a scenario discussion activity, a jigsaw activity on a set of posters describing active learning strategies, and time for reflection. Session details and materials »
Facilitating Students' Professional Pathways
Some geoscience careers only require a two-year degree. Others require bachelor's or other advanced degrees. There are many career pathways open to students at two-year colleges either directly or through transferring to a four-year institution. Faculty at two-year colleges can play an important role in helping students follow their own path.
Facilitating professional pathways in the Geosciences: Supporting Transfer
This workshop session is designed to deepen faculty members' knowledge of evidence-based strategies for supporting 2YC-4YCU transfer. The goals of the session are for participants to:
- Develop a deeper understanding of the range of strategies that support 2YC-4YCU transfer;
- Share their own examples of how to implement those strategies;
- Develop their own action plan for supporting 2YC-4YCU transfer in their institutional and regional context.
The strategies highlighted in these materials are applicable across all STEM disciplines. A few of the materials refer to examples in geoscience, but could easily be adapted to other STEM fields. The workshop session is designed to take half a day and includes a presentation, exploration of example programs and their support strategies, small group discussions, and individual action planning. Session details and materials »
Building Pathways for Success: Supporting Student Transfer from Two-Year Colleges to Four-Year Colleges and Universities
This workshop session is designed to help participants with strategies and approaches for bridging the gap between two-year and four-year ocean science programs. The goals of the session are to:
- Explore promising practices and share strategies for supporting transfer students in their pathways from their first geoscience course at a community college to graduation from a four-year college or university
- Share and learn from others, increasing communication and collaboration of those interested in building pathways to success for transfer students
- Develop individual or team action plans and get feedback from other participants
The session was offered at an Ocean Sciences meeting but the topics are relevant across all STEM disciplines. The session consists of scenario discussions, a gallery walk activity, small group work sessions, and active discussions. Session details and materials »