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CIRTLCast: Topics in STEMinism - Strategies for Inclusive Undergraduate STEM Education

In this CIRTLCast Semiar series, examine how social and cultural contexts shape the experiences of undergraduate women in STEM. In each week of this series, we will discuss the unique challenges faced by women in their educational trajectories. Despite efforts to broaden participation in STEM over the last few decades, women remain underrepresented in these fields. Across the series, we will explore how equity-oriented, inclusive practices can transform teaching and learning in STEM.

CIRTL Online Workshop: I Completed My IDP...Now What?

Practice navigating the challenging conversations you might have with a mentor or advisor when pursuing your individual development plan in this online workshop. The thought of approaching a mentor to talk about topics in an Individual Development Plan—such as academic progress, research timeframe, authorship, professional goal prioritization, and career aspiration—can be nerve-wracking and stressful. This workshop will present strategies and techniques to help you prepare for these difficult conversations, and to make them more productive when you do have them.

CIRTL Online Workshop: Faculty Advising in a R1 Setting - What You Need to Know and How to do it Well

Learn about developmental advising and explore how it can help engage and retain all types of students at research-intensive (R1) universities. Given that learning is a social process, relationships—especially those with faculty—are powerful tools that aid in students’ personal and professional development (Baker & Griffin, 2010). 

CIRTL Online Workshop: Writing an Effective Teaching Philosophy Statement

Draft a peer-reviewed statement that reflects your teaching beliefs and experiences in this interactive, two-part online workshop. Participants will work to draft and edit a teaching statement, which is often required for US academic job applications. We will discuss elements of teaching statements, evidence of effective teaching tailored for different academic jobs, and strategies to get started or polish existing teaching statements.

CIRTL Online Workshop: Faculty Advising in a Community College Setting - What You Need to Know and How to do it Well

Learn about developmental advising and explore how it can help engage and retain all types of students at community colleges. Given that learning is a social process, relationships—especially those with faculty—are powerful tools that aid in students’ personal and professional development (Baker & Griffin, 2010). 

CIRTL Online Workshop: Integrating Effective Teaching and Assessment Practices in Biology Lab Courses through Case Studies

Prepare lesson plans for biology labs that pull from case studies and promote active learning in this three-part workshop. Instructors of biology lab courses grapple with unique challenges posed by incorporating range of hands-on and conceptual learning activities within a limited time-frame. Furthermore, the instructor’s creativity may be constrained by set procedures and outcomes prescribed by traditional “cook-book” labs and a lack of authority to alter the lab’s activities and assessments.

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