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SCI-South October 2015 Meeting Attendees

SCI-South October 2015 Meeting Attendees

SCI-South initiatives are open to participants around the U.S. but are primarily designed to address the needs and interests of individuals in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia

The SCI-South group has broad expertise among its members, but has a particular interest in the environment, conservation biology, sustainability, interdisciplinary science education, undergraduate research, SENCER and science major courses, pre-med curricula, exportable course modules, international collaborations, large curricular revisions, and assessment. SCI-South leadership is available to consult with universities and colleges interested in promoting SENCER-related curriculum and programming on their campuses.

Upcoming Meetings

KY- SENCER Inaugural Workshop
March 24, 2018
University of Louisville
This meeting will provide an opportunity to hear from people who have been incorporating SENCER ideals into their classroom settings, to relate evidence for the value of this to our students and our communities, to learn ways to inculcate a sense of social responsibility in our students, to establish networking ties across the commonwealth to facilitate a variety of levels of civic engagement, and to agree to future action.

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About the Host Institution: University of North Carolina at Asheville

The University of North Carolina at Asheville is the host institution for SCI-South. UNC Asheville is North Carolina’s designated public liberal arts institution, and embraces creative expression, the centrality of learning, rigorous undergraduate scholarship, exemplary teaching, and an informed commitment to serving the community.

In addition to offering SENCER courses for both science and non-science majors, UNCA applies the SENCER philosophy to its Integrative Liberal Studies (ILS) Topical Clusters, in which each of our students is required to complete three courses (natural science, social science, and an elective) from a list of courses focused on an important societal topic.

Past Symposia

STEM Education in Mississippi: Issues and Innovations
September 29, 2017
Texas Woman's University
SCI-South Fall 2015 Meeting
October 15-16, 2015
UNC Asheville
2014 SENCER Summer Institute
July 31 - August 4, 2014
University of North Carolina Asheville
The 2014 SENCER Summer Institute was hosted by the University of North Carolina Asheville from July 31 – August 4, 2014.

The program for the Institute included all-Institute plenary sessions, workshops on effective pedagogies, examples of successful campus and community applications, and opportunities to meet formal and informal educators, administrators, students, and others from across the country interested in contributing to a civically engaged society and the improvement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

In response to suggestions made on the SSI 2013 evaluations, we also introduced an orientation program to the Summer Institute, held just prior to the opening plenary address and gala welcome dinner on July 31. The program included discussions on the history of SENCER, the theory behind our work and initiatives, and how to make the best of all that the Institute offers.

The Institute program also featured many opportunities for participants to present information on their own work to improve STEM education, including concurrent sessions and two poster sessions, one focusing on community programs, and another focusing on campus programs. SENCER provided teams the opportunity for personal consultations with leaders to work intensely on the implementation of team-planned project(s).

Please see the resources at right for pictures, PDF files from invited posters and sessions, and information on Post-Institute Implementation awards. 

SCI - South Research Week Sessions
April 17, 2014
Auburn University
The SENCER Center of Innovation – South will be holding morning and afternoon sessions on Thursday, April 17 at the 2014 Research Week at Auburn University. Both sessions are designed for college and high school faculty who teach STEM and STEM-related courses.

To register for Research Week at Auburn University, visit http://ocm.auburn.edu/research_week/registration.html.

Agenda

Morning Session: Food in the Context of SENCER

8:30-9:15

UNC Asheville

Food for Thought Faculty

9:20-10:05

Butler University

Phil Villani, Associate Professor of Biology

Tara Lineweaver, Associate Professor of Psychology

10:10-10:55

Lipscomb University

Autumn Marshall, Associate Professor and Chair of the Nutrition Department

11:00-11:45

Q&A

Afternoon Session: SENCERed: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

1:30-1:45

Introduction to SENCER:

Ed Katz, Associate Provost and Dean of University Programs

Keith Krumpe, Dean of Natural Sciences, both from UNC Asheville

1:50-2:35

The STEM Department Evaluation Rubric:  A Tool for Developing a Shared Vision for Improving Undergraduate STEM Education

Ellen Goldey, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor and Chair of Biology at Wofford College

2:40-3:25

SENCER from an Administrator’s Perspective

Theo Koupelis, Dean of Pure and Applied Sciences at Edison College

3:30-4:15

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Matt Fisher, Associate Professor of Chemistry, St. Vincent College

Senior Fellow, National Center for Science and Civic Engagement

Read a summary of the meeting. 

SCI - South March 2014 Workshop
March 27, 2014
Auburn University

The SENCER Center of Innovation – South will be holding a workshop on Thursday, March 27 designed for college and high school faculty who teach STEM and STEM-related courses.

This workshop is part of the 2014 Gulf South Summit at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. The Summit’s theme is “Creating capacity collaboratively: Connecting learning and civic outcomes.” The conference will be held March 26-28, 2014.

The SENCER SCI-South workshop will begin with a panel consisting of faculty members from regional  institutions representing a variety of disciplines who will showcase their SENCER  courses. Ample opportunity will be provided for the panelists to respond to audience  questions and for conversation about SENCER opportunities across the region.

Agenda

9:15 – 9:20 Opening Remarks

9:20 – 10:30 Panel Session: A Smorgasbord of SENCER Courses

10:30 – 10:45 Morning Break

10:45 – 11:45 Q&A and Conversation

11:45 – 12:00 Closing Remarks

Moderators

Ed Katz, Associate Provost and Dean of University Programs, UNC Asheville; SENCER Center of Innovation – South Co-director.

Keith Krumpe, Dean of Natural Sciences, UNC Asheville; SENCER Center of Innovation – South Co-director.

Panelists

Ameena Batada, Assistant Professor of Health and Wellness, and Rebecca Reeve, Director of Research Programs, will present social entrepreneurship in the classroom.

Pearl Fernandes; Associate Professor of Biology at the University of South Carolina Sumter; Affiliate Faculty in Women’s Studies and Associate Faculty in the School of the Environment at the University of South Carolina Columbia; will present linked interdisciplinary English and biology courses focusing on Southeastern Wetlands.

Glenn Odenbrett, Project Director at the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, will present GLISTEN (the Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship Through Education Network), a higher education service-learning program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Susan Reiser, New Media and Computer Science Lecturer, will present a new course, Creative Fabrication: Art Meets Technology that reaches across disciplines to fulfill general education requirements for Diversity and Art in an  introductory Computer Science course.

David Clarke, Associate Professor of Biology at UNC Asheville will present the nationally recognized Food For Thought thematic cluster of courses in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Health and Wellness, and Sociology.

Read a summary of the meeting.

SENCER Workshop at Research Week
Auburn University
April 4, 2013
As part of Research Week 2013, a day-long session for students, faculty, and staff on the approach, strategies, and resources developed by SENCER was hosted on April 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The session was led by Robert Holm, Assistant Director, Office of Sponsored Programs and Edward Katz, Associate Provost, University of North Carolina, Asheville. Attendees learned how with support from the National Science Foundation and in collaboration with hundreds of educators, academic leaders, students, and experts in assessment and cognitive theory, SENCER has established a community of practice for improving learning in science, mathematics, and other cross-curricular courses. Attendees were encouraged to participate in discussions facilitated by the co-founder of SENCER and faculty from the southeast who have created SENCER courses and larger-scale curricular projects that connect science and mathematics learning to real-world challenges.
SENCER Summer Institute
University of North Carolina at Asheville (NC)
July 2010
Winter Symposium
University of North Carolina at Asheville (NC)
January 2009
Conversations on Engagement: Civic and Otherwise
Oglethorpe University (GA)
April 2008
Leadership Council Planning Meeting
University of North Carolina at Asheville (NC)
March 2008

South Co-Directors

Dr. Susan Reiser, SCI-South Co-Director

Susan Reiser
Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
University of North Carolina at Asheville
reiser@unca.edu

Dr. Edward Katz, SCI-South Co-Director

Dr. Edward Katz
Associate Provost and Dean of University Programs
University of North Carolina at Asheville
ekatz@unca.edu

Dr. Keith Krumpe, SCI-South Co-Director

Dr. Keith Krumpe
Dean of Natural Sciences
University of North Carolina at Asheville
kkrumpe@unca.edu

Leadership Council

 

Dr. Pearl Fernandes
University of South Carolina Sumter

Dr. Ellen Goldey
Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Sally Wasileski
University of North Carolina at Asheville

Dr. John Pratte
Arkansas State University

Dr. Keith Aufderheide
Oglethorpe University

Dr. Sherryl Broverman
Duke University

Dr. Theo Koupelis
Broward College

Dr. Rosalie Richards
Georgia College & State University

Dr. Jay Labov
National Research Council

Dr. Julia Metzker
Georgia College & State University

Dr. Autumn Marshall
Lipscomb University