Our Institutional Transformation research investigates how organizations, structures, systems, and norms adapt to improve STEM learning practices and outcomes, including broadening participation in STEM through improved equity and inclusion.

The Center's current Institutional Transformation projects are listed below. You can also read about our completed Institutional Transformation projects.

Revealing Progress toward Promotion and Tenure Reform in the Academy

This project is led by Julie Risien in collaboration with Researcher Holly Cho and aims to learn from study of local processes and lived experiences of change in higher education reward and advancement practices.

AISL Framework (2015-2020)

This project centers on the creation and validation of a theoretically-grounded and empirically-derived Framework for professional growth and learning within the informal STEM learning (ISL) field. The Framework will be useful to ISL practitioners at any stage of their education or career by laying out the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to guide professional growth.

InclusiveExcellence@OSU (2018-2022)

InclusiveExcellence@OSU (IE@OSU) is a collaboration between OSU’s STEM Research Center, the College of Science, and the Division of Undergraduate Education.  At this time, the project team includes:

CAISE Evaluation (2016-2021)

The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) is a resource center funded through a cooperative agreement with the NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program.

ARIS (2018-2023)

ARIS logoThe ARIS Center is a collaboration between 12 universities launched in September 2018 with an award from the National Science Foundation (OIA 1810732) and a mission to Advance Research Impacts in Society through four initiatives: building capacity; advancing scholarship; growing partnerships; and curating resources. Dr.

Revealing Progress toward Promotion and Tenure Reform in the Academy (2018-2020)

Funded by the Kavli Foundation, Center researchers Julie Risien, Holly Cho, and Brianna Keys are conducting this research in collaboration with several partners including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the American Association of Universities, and the Association of Public and Landgrant Universities.  Researchers are working to uncover and broadly share examples that demonstrate the department-scale pr

BID: Grounding Institutional Partnerships in Structures for Broader Impacts Design (2017-2022)

Higher education institutions and informal science education centers share a common interest in lowering the barriers that separate science and the public. These groups desire tools and strategies for developing mutually beneficial relationships to work together towards this common interest.

STEM Matters: Investigating the Confluence of Visitor and Institutional Agendas (2016-2020)

Led by Dr. Kelly Riedinger and Dr. Martin Storksdieck with assistance from Kimberley Preston  Victoria Bonebrake, Nicolette Canzoneri, and Kevin Keys OSU’s STEM Research Center partnered with two other research organizations, Knology (formerly New Knowledge Organization Ltd.