Pre-Conference Workshops

Thursday, November 7, 2:005:00 p.m.

Separate registration and fee required ($125 members; $195 non-members); seating will be limited, so register early.  

Workshop 1: Sparks for Change: Advancing Leadership for Broadening Participation of Underrepresented Faculty
The NSF-Geoscience Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity Sparks for Change program focuses on improving the retention of underrepresented faculty in STEM using small group theory to overcome institutional inertia towards broadening participation (BP) efforts. This transferable intervention is based on ‘triads’ comprised of the experience and BP values of an early career minority faculty member, a supportive later-career faculty member in the same department and an external broadening participation expert, who are provided with appropriate leadership training and supported in developing action plans. This workshop offers faculty and administrators who are already engaged in or committed to BP the opportunity to enhance their leadership capacity, recognize the value of small group intervention, and spark action toward valuing, rewarding and distributing BP efforts in their departments.
Rebecca L. Batchelor, Adjunct Professor of Biology—University of Puerto Rico Humacao; Brenee King, KS-LSAMP Program Administrator—Kansas State University; Sennai Habtes, Assistant Professor of Biological Oceanography—University of the Virgin Islands; Robert Kirsch, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies—Arizona State University; and Jeremy Williams, Assistant Professor of Geology—Kent State University

Workshop 2: Building Inclusive Leadership the Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Way
PKAL has thirty years of experience transforming STEM education. This includes success providing effective leadership development for STEM faculty through the STEM Leadership Institute (SLI). Nearly sixty percent of the SLI’s curriculum is grounded in experiential learning using the framework of Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle. Join PKAL SLI leaders and mentors in experiential learning exercises (ELEs) designed to develop leaders of inclusive and systemic change in STEM higher education. This hands-on session will use ELEs to engage participants and help them experience and understand how an ELE can be used to explore various aspects of leadership, teambuilding, and inclusivity. This workshop will engage you in a community of practice that will enhance your ability to use an experiential approach to develop leadership capacity in others.
William B. Davis, Associate Dean—Washington State University; Mary Majerus, Chair, Department of Mathematics and Physics—Westminster College; Brandon E. Schwab, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs—Western Carolina University; Sylvia F. Nadler, Retired Director, Pryor Center for Leadership Development—William Jewell College; and Judith A. Dilts, Retired Associate Dean of Science and Mathematics—James Madison University

Workshop 3: EvaluateUR—A New Approach to Support Learning from Undergraduate Research
EvaluateUR is a strategy for obtaining an objective assessment of the value of undergraduate research by documenting student growth in critical academic and workforce-related knowledge and skills without placing a significant evaluation burden on students and research mentors. EvaluateUR provides an online guided process and supports summer and academic year undergraduate research experiences. The process and tools can help you document the impact of your program while fostering meaningful dialog between students and their faculty mentors. In this workshop attendees will role play and model the pre-, mid-, and end-of-research assessment students and faculty members engage in while using EvaluateUR. After the hands-on introduction, workshop participants will learn how EvaluateUR is being modified for course-based undergraduate research and how its eleven outcome categories map to National Association of Colleges and Employers competencies.
Jill Singer, Professor of Earth Sciences—State University of New York Buffalo State and Mary Crowe, Associate Professor of Experiential Education—Florida Southern College

Workshop 4: Integrating Social Issues Related to Demographic Categories into Science
This workshop will examine the integration of topical information related to demographic categories into science courses in a way that addresses misperceptions being perpetuated by presenting socio-politically defined categories as rooted in scientific discovery. We seek to promote understanding of the impact of diverse environmental conditions, including those related to racism and sexism, on the health of people in different demographic groups. Participants will leave the workshop with increased comprehension of the variation of socio-political categories over time and space, a concept or example of a topical social issue to be integrated in their class, and the confidence to implement this integration. This work contributes to recruitment and persistence of students from traditionally underrepresented groups into STEM fields and improvement of science taught to all students.
Leslie Gregg-Jolly, Professor of Biology and Katya Mevorach, Professor of Anthropology and American Studies—both of Grinnell College; Rachel Bergstrom, Assistant Professor of Biology—Beloit College; Diane Angell, Assistant Professor of Practice, Biology and Environmental Studies and Emily Mohl, Assistant Professor of Biology and Education—both of St. Olaf College

Workshop 5: Scaffolding Signature Assignments to Build STEM Identity 
The pathways that students take to earn STEM degrees are diverse and complex, with multiple entry and exit points. This calls for better alignment of STEM programs and implementation of High Impact Practices (HIPs) that enable students to overcome these barriers. This workshop will engage participants in connecting STEM skills and content, high-impact practices, ePortfolio, and STEM identity to energize a mind-shift in the learning process. The facilitators will explore a curricular design for STEM majors where assignments, student narratives, and identities are captured in a comprehensive core ePortfolio. Using small group discussions, we will create scaffolded, curricular maps and conduct mini-assignment charrettes to examine a sequence of signature assignments. Finally, we guide participants through visual collages of student work curating STEM identity.
Preethi Radhakrishnan, Professor of Biology, Tonya Hendrix, Assistant Professor of Biology, Richa Gupta, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Kevin Mark, Associate Professor of Chemistry—all of LaGuardia Community College