The 2018 SENCER Summer Institute (SSI) was hosted by Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California on August 2-5, 2018.
The theme for SSI 2018 was Civic Engagement and the STEM Learning Ecosystem. In addition to our core focus on effective pedagogy and course design, the Institute program explored and focusd on other themes in the STEM learning ecosystem, including:
- Cross disciplinary conversations on sustainability
- Engineering education
- Indigenous studies
- Diversity and inclusion in 2018
- Equity and science education for all
- The Next Generation Science Standards and informal science
- Strengthening the liberal arts: humanities, social sciences and STEM in partnership, and
- Service learning
SSI 2018 Selected Presentations
You can view materials from selected SSI 2018 presentations here as part of our digital library.
SSI 2018 Plenary Speakers:
Amy Shachter of Santa Clara University
Topic: Regionalization and New Growth Areas for SENCER
Amy Shachter is the senior associate provost for research and faculty affairs and an associate professor of chemistry at Santa Clara University. She received her bachelor’s degree at Knox College and earned her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her research interests center on porphyrin synthesis. Her work to improve undergraduate science education has been supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Science Foundation, W.M. Keck Foundation, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.
Omar Quintero of the University of Richmond
Topic: Diversity and Inclusion in STEM
Omar A. Quintero, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at The University of Richmond where he was a member of the team responsible for revising the Biology Curriculum to align with the recommendations of the “Vision & Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action” report from the NSF and AAAS. He began preparing for his career as a research-active, student-centered, teaching-focused faculty member during his IRACDA-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he trained in teaching and pedagogy as well as in the cell biology of molecular motors and the cytoskeleton. He has maintained an active research program where undergraduates are co-authors on many of his publications. His model for running his research group is based on his experiences under the guidance of Dr. Jo Rae Wright during his PhD work at Duke University. The success of his group is based upon each individual’s ability to contribute to the team, and each team member’s ability to contribute depends upon the mentor’s ability to individually guidance and motivate each member on that team. His approach to his work in the classroom is similar—he views each class as an unique project where all members of the team (students and faculty) play an active role in the learning and success of the class. In addition to leadership roles in pedagogy development in his home department, Dr. Quintero has taken a leadership role in the education-focused activities of his professional society, serving of the Education Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology.
Tim Ritchie of the Tech Museum of Innovation
Topic: Community Involvement and Participation in Advancing Learning and Civic Engagement
Tim Ritchie is president and CEO of The Tech Museum of Innovation. Tim joined The Tech in 2011, with a mandate to breathe life into its mission – inspiring the innovator in everyone. Since then, the institution has transformed its exhibits and programs to make them more relevant to schools, families and the community. Tim came to The Tech from McWane Science Center, in Birmingham, Ala, where he was president and CEO. A varied career led him to the science center world. After earning his B.A. from Davidson College and his J.D. from Duke Law School, he worked as a clerk for the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, represented defendants on North Carolina’s death row, practiced law in Birmingham and was president of Louisville Diversified Services, a Kentucky non-profit supporting adults with developmental disabilities. He also has an M.P.A. from Harvard.
Matt Fisher of St. Vincent College
Topic: SENCER Community Plenary