Goals and Objectives
 
The goal of the initiative is to improve student engagement in science and help schools become more inclusive of those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, first-generation students and working adults with families. IE@OSU will work to establish a sustainable model for faculty development that will strengthen teaching for instructors of STEM classes both at OSU and at nearby community colleges that serve students who go on to transfer to OSU
 
Who We Are
 The project is a collaboration of OSU’s STEM Research Center, the College of Science and the Division of Undergraduate Education. At this time, the initiating project team includes:
  • Martin Storksdieck (STEM Research Center)
  • Ann Sitomer (STEM Research Center)
  • Julie Risien (STEM Research Center)
  • Devon Quick (Integrative Biology)
  • Lori Kayes (Integrative Biology)
  • Mary Beisiegel (Mathematics)
  • Nana Osei-Kofi (Difference, Power, and Discrimination)
  • Victoria Bonebrake (STEM Research Center)

 

 Outcomes

Through the project, five groups of 20 faculty from OSU and nearby community colleges, include Lane and Linn-Benton, will form a professional learning community to develop and apply new culturally responsive strategies in the courses they teach.

The selected faculty will participate in an initial 40-hour summer academy on inclusive STEM pedagogies and individual course redesign; implement those strategies in their courses; support each other through peer observation and review; reconvene to share outcomes with their cohort and across the broader faculty community; and participate in sharing of results at the start of the next summer academy. Program leaders will monitor changes in teaching practices and document student success. 

Current Work 

On September 9th, the first cohort of Inclusive Excellence Fellows will begin the work of examining inclusive instructional practices that provide equitable opportunities to learn in STEM.  The first cohort of Fellows includes faculty members from each department in the College of Science, Linn Benton and Lane Community College faculty members from these disciplines, and two instructional designers. The Fellows will participate in an initial 40-hour Inclusive Excellence Academy on inclusive STEM pedagogies and over the course of the academic year will work with others in their cohort to implement and adapt the strategies they learned in the academy.

Once per quarter, the Fellows will also attend the STEM department’s informal learning event Faculty, Food & Fun, attend a more formal workshop on a topic that emerges from their work over the course of the academic year, and will get together with Fellows in their discipline or on their campus, reconvening to share outcomes with each other and across the broader faculty community. The goal of participation in the Inclusive Excellence program is to improve student engagement in STEM and promote more inclusive learning environments for students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, first-generation students and working adults with families.