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ERIC Number: EJ987801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Advancing STEM Undergraduate Learning: Preparing the Nation's Future Faculty
Pfund, Christine; Mathieu, Robert; Austin, Ann; Connolly, Mark; Manske, Brian; Moore, Katie
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v44 n6 p64-72 2012
Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars at research universities will shape the future of undergraduate education in the natural and social sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (the STEM disciplines) in the United States. In 2009 alone, more than 41,000 doctorates were awarded in STEM fields, and if employment trends hold, roughly one in every three STEM PhDs will become faculty or instructional staff within six years of receiving their degree. Since almost 80 percent of doctoral students are trained at only 100 research universities, the graduate schools of these institutions are a critical leverage point for improving undergraduate STEM education across the country. In this article, the authors share the story of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), its conceptual framework for the preparation of future faculty, and one example of a high-impact implementation: the Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning (Delta) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This story shows how institutions can provide aspiring academics with professional development opportunities in teaching and learning that are demonstrably effective and institutionally sustainable. In particular, it describes three core ideas that cultivate the knowledge, behaviors, and skills that future STEM faculty need in order to help generate undergraduate learning. Finally this story demonstrates that a combination of creative freedom, a sense of having a broader impact, and enhanced professional success will engage current faculty members, and thereby their universities, in this important national mission. (Contains 4 figures, 3 tables, and 6 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States