|Upcoming Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Workshop at Texas Woman’s University The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) has been described as inquiring into our students’ learning. But what does that look like in real life? How does this work to help make teaching public and community property? How is SoTL different from just being a good teacher? How does this form of scholarship connect to the concerns of faculty?
On April 14, Texas Woman’s University will offer a free SoTL workshop led by Dr. Matt Fisher. Fisher is a faculty member at Saint Vincent College and Carnegie Scholar, the SENCER Scholarship of Teaching Learning (SOTL) Coordinator, and Senior Fellow of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. Workshop participants will develop an understanding of important characteristics of the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as a collection of information, tools and resources for engaging in this work for their own professional development. Participants will have the opportunity, as part of the workshop, to begin developing a question they want to investigate and learn what evidence would be appropriate to gather as part of their project.
There is no fee to participate, but we do need to plan supplies and food. Please pre-register by requesting a registration form from SCISouthwest. Registrations forms are due by Monday, April 2, 2012. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
NSTA Press Preparing New Book on Citizen Science: Submit Your Work
NSTA welcomes submissions for possible inclusion in an upcoming publication that aims to inspire middle and high school teachers to use citizen science projects as a way of teaching life science content and process skills. The focus of the book is "Birds, Butterflies, Bullfrogs and Beyond: Bring Biology to Life through Citizen Science." To be eligible, lessons will need to (1) use one or more web-accessible citizen science projects (which could include collecting and entering data and/or using data outputs provided on the project’s website, (2) relate to biology and life science content or process skills, (3) be suitable for use in middle or high school science classes, (4) be inquiry-based (following the 5E instructional model is preferred; see the Submission Form for details). For more information, please visit http://www.birds.cornell.edu/birdsleuth/book.
External Meeting Opportunity: Evolutionary Foundations for Medicine and Public Health
August 6-10, Bar Harbor, Maine Sponsored by the Mount Desert Island Biological Lab, this course will be limited to 40 participants. It will be appropriate for those with a background in biology and/or medicine at diverse levels. Special expertise in evolutionary biology is not required, however those who have already studied evolutionary biology will have specialized opportunities. In order to maximize benefits to this developing field, admission preference will be offered to physicians and professors who teach or anticipate teaching courses on the subject, and to members of minority groups who may be eligible for support from the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Researchers and students from advanced undergraduate to postdocs will be warmly welcomed. For more information on evolution and medicine, please visit http://www.mdibl.org/courses/Evolution_and_Medicine/398/.
Chemistry Lecturer, Georgia College
Georgia College is hiring a chemistry lecturer to design innovative course materials for a studio lab environment for our introductory and general chemistry courses. We are hoping to get someone to make the best use of a very unique space that integrates lecture and lab. Learn more at https://www.gcsujobs.com/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1331215671224.
Program Directors, National Science Foundation
NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the agency’s overall mission to support innovative and merit-reviewed activities in basic research and education that contribute to the nation’s technical strength, security, and welfare. To fulfill this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines, but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.
The NSF is seeking qualified candidates for multiple positions as Program Directors in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE), Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), Arlington, VA. Expertise is sought in one of the STEM disciplines, with particular interest in the areas of chemistry, engineering, and geosciences education. The successful candidates will have the ability to provide leadership across NSF and in the external scientific community.
EHR is responsible for programs that strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels and in all settings across the U.S. in order to support the development of a diverse, well-prepared workforce of scientists, engineers and educators who work to enhance the quality of life, health and prosperity of all citizens. The DUE within EHR focuses on the promotion of excellence in undergraduate STEM for all students. It supports programs and activities that develop and distribute effective pedagogy and educational materials, stimulate and support research on learning, promote scientific literacy, and foster connections across all education levels. Learn more at http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/309872600.
Director of Teaching and Learning Center, Caltech
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a leading research university offering academic programs in science, engineering, humanities, and social science. A central feature of Caltech’s mission is "educating outstanding students to become creative members of society." To support this mission, Caltech is launching a new center for teaching and learning to promote excellence and innovation in teaching and to provide resources to students and faculty that enhance the educational experience both in and outside the classroom. We seek a founding director with a record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and administration.
Reporting through the Office of the Provost, the director is responsible for providing vision and leadership in the development and operation of the new center. The director will work with an advisory committee to develop the center’s mission and to prioritize programs and services. Applications can be submitted through Caltech’s Human Resources Employment Services at http://cit.hr.caltech.edu/Jobs-HTML/EO.htm Job posted on 2/17/2012. Open until filled.