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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Friday, September 29


SENCER for Chemistry Majors
Since becoming involved with SENCER in 2007, civic engagement activities have been incorporated into all of the science courses for non-majors that are offered in our department including Sustainable Physical Science, Earth Science, Climate Change and Introduction to Environmental Science, to name a few. This was a fairly facile process since the content of these courses can be quite flexible. On the other hand, incorporating civic engagement activities into the majors' courses is more difficult since the content is fairly rigid and must be covered.

However, content will not be sacrificed if such activities are creatively incorporated into the laboratory components of these courses. Further, it has been well established that linking content to real world issues positively impacts student learning. This presentation is a brief description of how we have incorporated civic engagement into our majorsÍ curriculum such as first year chemistry, organic chemistry, and instrumental analysis.

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Richard Sheardy

Professor and Chair, Texas Woman’s University
Richard Sheardy was born in Lake Orion, MI and received his BS in Chemistry Education at Michigan State University. After earning his PhD in organic chemistry at University of Florida, he had a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in biophysics at University of Rochester. Sheardy began his academic... Read More →

Friday September 29, 2017 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Kim Center 105


Introducing SALG: How SENCER's Course Assessment Tool Protects Innovative Teaching
In this session we will use a SENCER Model Course focused on the natural sciences to teach biology and public policy through civic issues as a guide. Mysteries of Migration is a model course that has undergone revision over many years accommodating both non-majors and majors in the natural sciences.æ In consideration of developing or modifying a course you teach, we will briefy consider: how people learn, learning goals, adding appropriate experiential learning to courses and student assessment of courses. This interactive session will address pedagogical approaches used over the years in Mysteries of Migration as a guide for lessons learned. There will be an opportunity to discuss potential modifcations you may wish to make to courses you teach. 

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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 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Kim Center 105


SENCER for all Disciplines: Classroom Examples Ranging from Projects to Curricula
How can you "SENCERize" your existing STEM class in an impactful, yet manageable way? In this session, we will explore several successful examples, ranging in scale from a classroom project to a thematic cluster of multi-disciplinary classes to an entire curriculum. Examples include classes for the major and non-major and span the STEM disciplines. Do-able service-learning -- authentic two-way service and learning -- projects are included. Time will be reserved at the end of the session for questions and/or discussion.

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Susan Reiser

Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean of Natural Sciences at UNC Asheville, SENCER Center of Innovation South Co-Director
Susan Reiser teaches at UNC Asheville where she is a Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean of Natural Sciences. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are both in computer science: a BS from Duke and an MS from South Carolina. After a 10-year career in industry and multiple stints at... Read More →

Friday September 29, 2017 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Kim Center 105