The American Chemical Society (ACS), the SENCER Centers of Innovation Southwest and South, and Bellhaven University welcome you to Jackson, Mississippi and to our symposium with a theme of STEM Education in Mississippi: Issues and Innovations. Throughout a full-day of activities, we will focus on use of innovative and proven pedagogy to reduce barriers to learning, student success, and retention. Presenters include educators and administrators from throughout the country. 

We look forward to seeing you at Belhaven’s Kim Center -- Friday, September 29, 2017! Remember to REGISTER so we know how many meals to prepare!

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Plenary Session [clear filter]
Friday, September 29


Welcome Address

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Roger Parrott

President, Belhaven University

Friday September 29, 2017 12:30pm - 12:35pm
Kim Center 202


Your Role in the Transformation of Science and Engineering Education
From those seemingly small but evidence-based teaching innovations that infiltrate the classic lecture style classroom to the discovery-based laboratories that lead to large scale national dissemination changes, YOU, the faculty, and institutional enablers are at the core of STEM reform. The power of science education for our democracy has required us to shift from inert learning -- memorizing definitions and facts with little freedom for students to choose topics or innovative to an environment which is liberating, that is, a more challenging standard by which students command both the subject knowledge and the skills needed to seek out new information with the power to use knowledge for public good.

In this session we explore how national dissemination programs supported by the National Science Foundation (SENCER -- Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) and the National Academy of Engineering (Global Grand Challenge Scholars Program) have created communities of transformation which have made sustainable, long term, evidence-based science and engineering education reform.

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Karen Kashmanian Oates

Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Dean Karen Oates currently serves as the Peterson Family Dean of Arts & Sciences at WPI where she is responsible for 7 departments and 6 programs spanning the natural and life sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, mathematics and computer science. Dr. Oates joined WPI from... Read More →

Friday September 29, 2017 12:35pm - 1:15pm
Kim Center 202


Why SENCER Works: Engaging Communities, Transforming Learning
Teaching students to work in, and with, communities enmeshes them in real-world problems and engages them in forming and developing communities. It likewise involves faculty in methods of research and teaching that are necessarily collaborative, engaged and relevant, fostering a collaborative approach to both activities that supports all community members.

This session explores how teaching (science) through community engagement transforms education in ways that prepare students for success in the 21st century far better than traditional pedagogies. We'll use a SENCER-ized grant-writing course as a model to help us understand how teaching through civic engagement aligns pedagogy with what we know about learning, resulting in deeper, more durable, more integrated learning. Assessment data will show how we know that this approach works both at the program (SENCER) level and at the level of the individual course.

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Stephen Carroll

Santa Clara University
Professor Stephen Carroll is director of Core Writing and co-director of the Professional Writing Program at Santa Clara University. Stephen works on a team supported by the National Science Foundation to upgrade the platform for the online Student Assessment of Learning Gains (SALG... Read More →

Friday September 29, 2017 1:15pm - 1:55pm
Kim Center 202


Takeaways from Beyond the Classroom: A Student Perspective on SENCER
What is a student's perspective of SENCER? In this session, we will hear how participation in SENCER activities outside the classroom provides a sense of purpose and context to in-class conceptual learning, leading to increased engagement in classrooms. Interestingly, this increased engagement extends to classrooms which do not employ the SENCER model of learning. This heightened level of classroom engagement yields motivation to pursue further civic engagement activities outside the classroom, closing the loop.

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Courtney Johnson

PhD Student, Duke University
Courtney Johnson is a PhD candidate at Duke University’s Department of Chemistry where she is working on 3D multi-resolution microscopy in Professor Welsher’s lab. She received her BS in Chemistry from Texas Woman’s University.

Friday September 29, 2017 1:55pm - 2:15pm
Kim Center 202