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Southeastern Regional PULSE Institute Schedule

Day 1, Wednesday, 6/18/2014

All sessions on 6/18 in Alice Haynes Room - Tyler Haynes Commons

2:00 - 2:30 Welcome - April Hill

Institute Overview and Expectations, preview of Action Plan template, Introduction of
Greg Gersch - Ellen Goldey

2:30 - 3:00 Icebreaker -
Karen Aguirre

3:00 - 3:30 Introduction to Work Session:
STEM Department Change Strategies and a Systems Approach for Our Work - Ellen Goldey

3:30 - 4:30 Work Session:
Developing a Shared Vision: The Purpose of the STEM Department Evaluation Rubric - Team members share and discuss assessments and priorities for their department

4:30 - 5:00 Break to settle into room, take a short stroll, etc.

5:00 - 5:50 Reception -- Gottwald Atrium

6:00 - 8:30 Opening Banquet and Plenary Address:
Empowering Students to Become Partners in the Learning Process: Metacognition is the Key! - Saundra McGuire, introduced by April Hill

Day 2, Thursday, 6/19/2014

7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast focus group discussions about challenges/obstacles to reform, SE Fellow taking notes on discussion, Alice Haynes Room - Tyler Haynes Commons

8:30 - 9:30 Morning Plenary: To Scale-Up and Scaffold Undergraduate Research: Developing Pathways for Student, Faculty, and Institutional Change - Beth Ambos, introduced by Melanie Lee-Brown (Alice Haynes Room - Tyler Haynes Commons)

9:45 - 11:15
Concurrent Workshop Sessions I (see room assignments)

  • Workshop I-A: " Motivating Students to Use Metacognitive Strategies: It Might Be Easier than You Think! - Saundra McGuire (Gottwald A201)
  • Workshop I-B: Using Vision and Change to Map and Plan Your Department's Curriculum - Nitya Jacob (Gottwald E303)
  • Workshop I-C: Matching Your Department's Goals with General Education Goals and Institutional Mission Makes for Good Science -- and is One Path to Departmental Transformation! - Ellen Goldey and Karen Aguirre (Gottwald C114)

11:30 - 12:45 Lunch and Lunchtime Plenary:
Professional Identity as a Barrier to Faculty Pedagogical Change - Sara Brownell, introduced by Judy Awong-Taylor (Alice Haynes Room - Tyler Haynes Commons)

1:00 - 2:30
Concurrent Workshop Sessions II (see room assignments)

  • Workshop II-D: Recruitment and Retention of Future Health Professionals: How Life Sciences Departments can Work with Regional Agencies to Bridge a Gap in the Education Pipeline - Angelica Christie and Karen Aguirre (Gottwald A201)
  • Workshop II-E: Undergraduate Research as your next SACS QEP; Why Only Transform a Department When You Can Transform an Institution? - Beth Ambos (Gottwald E303)
  • Workshop II-F: Integrated and Interdisciplinary 1st year Course Models: Partnering with other STEM Disciplines to Transform your Life Science Department’s Curriculum - April Hill, Laura Runyen-Janecky, Will Case, Kathy Hoke, and Students (Gottwald C114)

2:30 - 3:00
Team planning time - a PULSE Fellow would be happy to meet with your team if invited (locations available in Gottwald, Tyler Haynes Commons, and outdoors)

3:15 - 4:45
Concurrent Workshop Sessions III (see room assignments)

  • Workshop III-G: Course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs): Definition, Outcomes, and Assessment - Sara Brownell and Erin Dolan (Gottwald A201)

4:45 - 5:05 Short Break (light refreshments in Gottwald Atrium) before heading to evening plenary, which we plan to start promptly at 5:15 to ensure time for those dining on campus to eat dinner!

5:15 - 6:15 Evening Plenary:
The 20,000-foot View of Undergraduate Science Education: What we know and what we can do about it - Erin Dolan, introduced by Nitya Jacob (Alice Haynes Room - Tyler Haynes Commons)

6:15 Dinner on own. Teams begin work on drafting Action Plan (see template)

Day 3, Friday, 6/20/2014

8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast focus group discussions: Challenges/obstacles to reform

9:00 - 10:00 Morning Plenary:
The Critical Role of Effective Administrative Leadership in Inspiring Each Department to Continuously Strive for Excellence: Lessons Learned on My Journey - Daniel Wubah, introduced by Karen Aguirre (Alice Haynes Room - Tyler Haynes Commons)

10:15 - 11:45
Concurrent Workshop Sessions IV (see room assignments)

  • Workshop IV-J: Embedding authentic research and discovery into all levels of the curriculum: Strategies, tools, and models for biology and beyond, Nitya Jacob, Judy Awong-Taylor, Alix Fink (Gottwald A201)
  • Workshop IV-K: Developing faculty expertise for improved STEM education - Michelle Withers (Gottwald E303)
  • Workshop IV-L: Using Assessment Evidence to Inform, Transform, and Inspire Your Department (it's not just for SACS!) - Ellen Goldey, (Gottwald C114)

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch and Lunch Panel Discussion:
It Doesn't Have to Be The Dark Side: Administrative Leadership, Inspiration and Support - Panelists: Daniel Wubah, Malcolm Hill, Heather Belmont, Karen Aguirre, Moderator Alix Fink

1:30 - 1:45 Break

1:45 - 3:15
Concurrent Workshop Sessions V (see room assignments)

  • Workhop V-M: Funding Opportunities at NSF to Transform Your Department - Chuck Sullivan (Gottwald A201)
  • Workshop V-N: V-N: Scientific Teaching and Engaging Pedagogies: "OK, We Know We Should, but How?" - Ellen Goldey (Gottwald E303)

3:15 - 3:30 Break

3:30 - 4:30
An Overview of the PULSE Tools and Support Network to Help You Implement Your Team's Action Plan - Sandra Romano and other SE PULSE Fellows (Alice Haynes Room - Tyler Haynes Commons)

4:30 - 4:45 Instructions for morning sessions and volunteers for Saturday's team leader panel discussion

4:45 - 6:00 Teams work on Action Plan and 5 minute report - a PULSE Fellow would be happy to meet with your team if invited (Various locations in Gottwald, Tyler Haynes Commons, and outdoors will be available for your team to meet)

Dinner on own, Teams continue work on Action Plan as needed

Day 4, Saturday, 6/21/2014

8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast: Teams Finalize Action Plan and 5 minute Report (Alice Haynes Room - Tyler Haynes Commons)

9:00 - 10:00
Teams Give 5 minute Report on Action Plan and Discuss Action Plans with other teams in Subgroup, upload Action Plan to Secure Website for Confidential Project Assessment.

Subgroup 1 (Gottwald A201) - Melanie Lee-Brown, moderator, Karen Aguirre notes
Subgroup 2 (Gottwald E303) - Sandra Romano, moderator, Alix Fink notes
Subgroup 3 (Gottwald C114) - Heather Belmont, moderator, Judy Awong-Taylor notes

10:00 - 11:00
What are the Takeaways from the Institute? Team Leader Panel Discussion - April Hill, moderator (Alice Haynes Room - Tyler Haynes Commons)

11:00 - 11:45
Open Floor Discussion of Institute: Reflecting on Graphic Recordings - Susan Musante, moderator

11:45 - 1:30
Box Lunch, completion of Post Institute Surveys, closing comments - SE PULSE Fellows

Depart from Institute

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