- Martin Storksdieck (Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning)
- Ann Sitomer (Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning)
- Julie Risien (Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning)
- Devon Quick (Integrative Biology)
- Lori Kayes (Integrative Biology)
- Mary Beisiegel (Mathematics)
- Nana Osei-Kofi (Difference, Power, and Discrimination)
- Victoria Bonebrake (Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning)
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.
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.