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 Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, the College of Science and the Division of Undergraduate Education. At this time, the initiating project team includes:

  • 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.