Programs: Faculty Development
The STEM Center of Excellence for Active Learning provides faculty development support and resources to transform pedagogy designed to increase the persistence of STEM students.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Fellows Program
The North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T) Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Fellows Program is a collaboration with the STEM Center of Excellence for Active Learning and the HBCU-UP ACE Planning Project in Data Science and Analytics. The program is to encourage the advancement of innovative evidence-based research that assesses the effectiveness of active learning strategies at NCA&T. The fellowship will support two faculty in their advancement and completion of SoTL research projects that aim to transform STEM education at NCA&T. Fellows will receive coaching from a STEM education evaluator during the implementation of their project.
A 2017 faculty fellowship in the amount of $2,500 will be provided to support summer salary for the development of pilot SoTL projects for fall 2017
. Awardees will participate in at least 2 coaching sessions with a STEM education evaluator during the implementation of their evidence-based research project. Awardees will also receive free registration to the spring 2017 STEM Center of Excellence for Active Learning PKAL meeting and up to $500 towards supplies to implement the project in fall 2017.
Who Can Apply?
NC A&T full-time STEM faculty members (tenured or tenure-track faculty, or non-tenure-track full-time lecturers) may apply for this award. Previous fellowship recipients are not eligible to apply for two years after receiving the award.
Innovation Ventures Fund Awards
The STEM Center of Excellence and Active Learning offers one-year departmental or inter-departmental Innovation Ventures Fund awards aimed at increasing student success. The student success innovation grant projects:
- Demonstrate an innovative intra- or inter-departmental collaboration among faculty;
- Focus on improving student success and/or improving research productivity;
- Contribute to professional development, through course release time or travel to conferences;
- Show how the funds will be used to advance scholarship, professional development, student success and/or program change; and
- Demonstrate how the award will be used to leverage additional (external) funding.
A two-stage review process is used to assess the proposals. An internal review assesses completeness and accuracy of the proposal and an external review will assess project relevance; innovation; extent of collaboration; impact on student success or research contribution; plan for professional development; and extent to which the project will serve as a seed for future funding or program change.
The following projects have been sponsored by SCEAL:
Promoting Student Learning in STEM and Criminal Justice: Aggie Sleuth Initiative (AggiesSI)
Tiered and Peer Mentoring to Develop Non-Cognitive Skills
- Lead Principal Investigator: Dr. James P. Mayes (Political Science & Criminal Justice)
- Partnerships: Political Science & Criminal Justice and Chemistry
Allies in Community Outreach, Research and Education (ACORE)
- Lead Principal Investigator: Prof. Angela White (Lead PI, Biology)
- Partnerships: Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology
- Lead Principal Investigators: Dr. Kelsie Bernot (Lead Co-PI, Biology) and Dr. Maura Nsonwu (Lead Co-PI, Sociology and Social Work)
- Partnerships:Biology, Sociology and Social Work, and Office of Undergraduate Research