Lectures/Workshops by SEIRI Personnel

SEIRI personnel and faculty associates are available upon request to give a variety of talks, presentations, or workshops on topics related to institutional transformation and curriculum change. Any talk/presentation/workshop will also include discussion of research methods and results. 

Institutional Transformation

  1. Forming a STEM Education Innovation and Research Institute

This presentation will describe the formation of an institute focused on advancing state of the art STEM education innovation, research, and practice at a premier urban research university in the US. Discussion will focus on some of the activities that have proven to be most successful in promoting faculty engagement with the institute.

  1. Designing and Implementing a Seed Grant Program to promote STEM Faculty Members’ DBER Literacy: Findings from an Internal Grant Program

The purpose of this talk is to explore the development of Discipline Based Education Research (DBER) literacy among STEM faculty at a large midwestern university via implementation of an internal seed grant program (SSG). DBER literacy enables faculty members to understand and apply evidence based instructional strategies to advance student learning. Thus, developing STEM faculty members’ DBER literacy is critical for improving STEM programs. In this talk, we present results from the outcomes of the SSG program. Namely, we report on how, through SSG participation, faculty increased their DBER literacy, as well as other distal program outcomes. These findings provide guidance to others offering similar programming.

  1. Designing and Implementing a Faculty Learning Community

This talk will explore the potential role that Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) can play in the transformation of courses, as well as departmental curriculum. This talk will cover best practices for the design and implementation of FLC curricula focused on the transformation of faculty courses and student learning. To do this, examples will be provided from FLC curriculum created for two projects: the Integrated Community-Engaged Learning and Ethical Reflection (ICELER) project at IU Indianapolis and the urban farm-situated Place-Based Experiential Learning (PBEL) project at Butler University and IU Indianapolis. These examples will help to illustrate that 1) FLCs have significant effects related to faculty learning, including the adoption of innovative educational approaches; and 2) FLCs provide opportunities for faculty to build supportive and critical academic structures, to express and direct their agency, to experience moments of productive tension, and to encounter, negotiate, and respond to transformation roadblocks.

  1. Building Interdisciplinary Collaborations

This talk will explore the role that interdisciplinary collaborations can play in implementing and researching educational interventions. It will cover ways in which centers can play an important role in building these types of collaborations, how they can positively impact the faculty and the disciplines involved as well as create transformative educational experiences for students. Examples will be provided of previous collaborations, how they were formed, the role of the individual faculty as well as the involved center and provide details on the outcomes of these collaborations as they relate to funding, faculty, and students.