Partnerships: Interdisciplinary Workshops and Materials DUE 9752757
DUE 9752757
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July 26-1 August, 1998
SITE(S): Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH

The current interest in interdisciplinary studies recognizes the value of tearing down some of the walls between disciplines in order to address the problems students face in making connections between disciplines, recognizing commonalities and distinctions in ways of thinking and knowing, and transferring what they learn in one context to another. The greatest impediments which prevent faculty from teaching in an interdisciplinary context are not knowing what to do and not feeling comfortable teaching out of field.

The Mathematical Association of America (MAA), with NSF support, will sponsor four intensive six-day workshops over two summers, in 1998 and 1999. Participants will include over 150 faculty in teams of two to four, representing mathematics and one or more partner disciplines. Each of the four workshops focuses on interdisciplinary curriculum materials combining mathematics and partner disciplines. For example, the theme of one workshop may be Mathematics and the Life Sciences and another may be Mathematics, the Humanities, and the Arts. A participating institution will send a team of faculty representing at least two of the disciplines being studied. Each team member will study and work in all of the interdisciplinary materials presented that have been developed at one or more of the Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications Throughout the Curriculum (MSATC) projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The team will study and work cooperatively, sharing expertise, and developing or adapting materials to be used in courses at their home institution the following academic year. Each workshop will be led by an interdisciplinary team of faculty from at least one of the MSATC projects. Teams will be chosen based upon a commitment to teach interdisciplinary materials at their home institutions. Their intention to use such materials in courses for the preparation of K-12 teachers is especially desirable. A balance will be sought to reflect diverse institutions and the populations they serve.

For more information please see our web site at

CONTACT: Dr. Tina Straley


Kennesaw State University
1000 Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
Phone: 770-423-6023
Fax: 770-423-6752

Dr. Brian J. Winkel U.S. Military Academy
West Point, NY 10996-5000
Phone: 914-938-3200
Fax: 914-938-2409

Reciprocal Science Success: Visions and Strategies DUE 9653423

March 12-15, 1998
April 22-26, 1998
SITE(S): Towson University
Towson, MD
All college and university science faculty, not just the "thin chalk line" of science educators, should be prepared to make science more inclusive and engaging; all science education faculty should maintain a strong science background and a high level of research enthusiasm. The purpose of this two-year project is to facilitate reciprocal science success for college/ university science faculty who have taught less than five years and science education faculty who have taught five or more years, in order to improve preparation of future teachers, especially for urban environments. In all, 24 participant pairs will attend four-day workshops, plan and implement collaboration for at least one full semester at their home institution, and assisted by project staff, conduct an outreach activity on their own campus. Participants will have on-site urban science experiences at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate level and instruction in strategies to engage minorities in active learning, the use of AAAS science standards, and assessment techniques. Teams will construct rubrics and performance assessments to evaluate their own home-based collaboration and outreach projects with particular attention to ways that science education faculty can become more connected to local science research activities to improve science education for future teachers.

Collaboratively, science and science education faculty will design strategies to enhance the active participation of minorities in science and teacher preparation on home campuses.

CONTACT: Virginia Anderson
Department of Biological Sciences
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: 410-830-3041
Fax: 410-830-2405

An NSF Innovation Channel to Enhance the Faculty Forum DUE 9752746
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November 1997- June 1998
SITE(S): North America and
Asia Pacific

This workshop is designed for university and community college science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) faculty and is open to applicants by registration. Between 10-12,000 participants are expected. Noted faculty will present best practices for SMET educational pedagogy via satellite broadcast to practitioners viewing telecasts at sites throughout North America and the Asia Pacific. More information is available at

CONTACT: Lionel V. Baldwin
National Technological University
Ft. Collins, CO 80526
Phone: 970-495-4600
Fax: 970-484-0668

Best Practices in Environmental Technology Education DUE 9454638
February 14, 1998
May 13-15, 1998
SITE(S): Airport Marriott
St. Louis, MO
The intent of this focused workshop is to produce a report for the National Science Foundation and Practices in Environmental Technology Education (PETE) members. There will be 10 concurrent sessions; each facilitated by a North Central PETE Steering Committee Member. The 10 sessions will cover the following topics: Curriculum; Labor Market Access; Advisory Committees; Instructor Qualifications; Professional Development; Teaching Styles and Methods; Measuring Student Achievement; College Transfer and Articulation Agreements; Job Placement/Advancement and Student Recruitment; and Program Evaluation/Continual Quality Improvement.
CONTACT: Patti Thompson North Central PETE
P.O. Box 2068
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
Phone: 319-398-5893
Fax: 319-398-1250
E-mail:, or

Digital Image Processing for Teachers DUE 9454651
February 6, 1998
February 21, 1998
SITE(S): Technical Science Academy at the Amarillo
Area Center for Advanced Learning
Amarillo, TX 79106
Participating in Image Processing for Teachers will provide Technical Sciences Academy teachers, as well as others in Amarillo, the opportunity to learn this exciting new use of technology. Teaching students to manipulate and analyze actual scientific data allows them the thrill of actual research by using this revolutionary technique.
CONTACT: Eddie Edwards Technical Sciences Academy Amarillo Area
Center for Advanced Learning
1100 N. Forest
Amarillo, TX 79106
Phone: 806-371-6085/6086
Fax: 806-371-6029

New England Science Faculty Enhancement Collaborative DUE X
February 15, 1998
June 7-11, 1998
SITE(S): Hampshire College
Amherst, MA
There is a need for programs that assist professors in incorporating student-active approaches into their classrooms. To address this, Hampshire College is offering a program of workshops at four sites that target professors. The objectives of the program are to: (1) effectively reach large numbers of faculty through the "train the trainers" model; (2) give workshop leaders effective training and tools for leading regional workshop programs; (3) introduce workshop participants to effective student-active approaches and the learning theories underlying them; (4) help workshop participants incorporate student-active approach(es) of their choosing into a course; (5) link faculty experienced with student-active teaching (mentors) with inexperienced faculty; (6) bring together a diverse group of faculty from different disciplines and types of institutions, with special emphasis on underrepresented groups in science; and (7) use consortia as an effective means to identify workshop leaders and participants.
CONTACT: Charlene D'Avanzo
Department of Natural Sciences
Hampshire College
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone: 413-582-5569
Fax: 413-582-5448

Interdisciplinary Summer Institutes on Puget Sound DUE 9653466
April 15, 1998
June 21-27, 1998
SITE(S): Evergreen State College
Olympia, WA
The goals of the project are to: (1) improve the technical knowledge of faculty from two- and four-year colleges in Washington State relative to the cultural history, environmental issues, and the ecology of Puget Sound; (2) provide the opportunity to learn about new interdisciplinary curricular designs; and (3) learn and try out new field techniques and new pedagogical approaches. Three six- or seven-day interdisciplinary summer institutes will be offered over the two-year period of the project, which will support a total of 75 faculty participants. Follow-up activities include a small seed grant program, follow-up sessions, an end-of-project symposium on Puget Sound, and communication among participants via the Internet and a newsletter. Various end-products include a slide set, an annotated bibliography, and a resource guide. The Summer Institutes, which are the core of the project design, are miniature versions of some of the most successful interdisciplinary programs in Washington. They provide a "high challenge" curriculum and are based on pedagogical principles that are recommended by an increasingly convergent literature on improving education in the sciences.
CONTACT: Robert Knapp
Department of Physics
Evergreen State College
Library 2211
Olympia, WA 98505
Phone: 360-866-6000
Fax: 360-866-6794

Materials Science and Technology DUE 9752721
April 15, 1998
June 21-26, 1998
SITE(S): University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Materials science and technology impacts a number of industries. The fields of microelectronics, transportation, energy storage, power production, biomedical devices, and environmental science and technology are typical examples. Physics and chemistry form the basis for these technologies, and they are applied in a number of engineering disciplines. The expertise needed to impart the knowledge and expose the students to available opportunities in materials science and technology is not commonly available in two- and four-year colleges. In addition, high school students are often completely unaware of the field, its importance, and the opportunities that exist for future employment and contributions. Workshops which introduce advanced materials science and technology to teachers at four-year colleges, community colleges, and high schools, with special emphasis on minority institutions, will be offered.

The workshops will result in the incorporation of materials science in their curricula. It is expected that this incorporation of materials science into the physics, chemistry, and engineering curricula will enable the students to understand the fundamental principles of materials science. It will also introduce them to the exciting higher educational opportunities and professional careers available to them. This project also includes a plan for assessing the factors in the workshops that most affect the learning process, and then modifying the recruitment process and the workshops themselves to make them more effective. The results of the assessment process and a description of the workshops will be disseminated to other institutions in order to further expand the reach of this program.

CONTACT: Dr. Elliot Douglas University of Florida
323 MAE Building
PO 116400
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-846-2836
Fax: 352-392-3771

Annual NE/SE PETE Instructors Conference DUE 9720701
March 6, 1998
March 26-28, 1998
SITE(S): Holiday Inn at Universal Studios
Orlando, FL
This workshop will include 23 speakers. They will cover the following topics: Environmental Curriculum Development, Environmental Training for Certification, Tips/Demonstrations to Enhance Environmental Training, Implementing Pollution Prevention Curriculum, What Is an Environmental Technician?, Environmental Software and Hands-On Field Exercises, Green Campus Initiatives, Marketing Environmental Programs, Sustainability, EPA Resources, Student Ladders and International Opportunities. More information is available at
CONTACT: William T. Engel


Sandra O. Kemper

3900 SW 63rd Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32608-3848
Phone: 352-392-9570, x110, 121
Fax: 352-392-6910

Technology Partnership for Computer Networking Training DUE 9752060
March 6, 1998
June 8-June 19, 1998
SITE(S): MS Gulf Coast;
Itawamba CC;
MS Delta CC;
Copia Lincoln CC;
Jones County Jr. CC
The purpose of this educational training program in network technology for two-year college and middle/high school computer technology faculty is to enable the implementation of a computer network management curriculum for the two-year college technical students, a related curriculum for secondary students, and enable the utilization of computer networks as an instructional tool. The four-week workshops will involve Novell 4.11, Windows NT, and instructional uses of the World Wide Web. There are five two-year college sites and details for the training at each site can be received by contacting the project coordinator. More information is available at
CONTACT: Catherine Perry Cotten 900 South Court Street
Ellisville, MS 39437
Phone: 601-477-4115
Fax: 601-477-4166

Science, Gender, and Community: A Faculty Enhancement Model DUE 9653437
December 15, 1997
June 13-17, 1998 (and annual)
SITE(S): University of Wisconsin-
This workshop draws on the experience and expertise of participants currently involved in the University of Wisconsin System's Women and Science Program and seeks to expand the program's objectives and disseminate its successful innovations to the national level. The overarching goal of the program is to promote systemic change in the way that science and science education are regarded and carried out within the UW System. Within this framework, the ultimate goal is to attract and retain qualified female students in science, mathematics, and engineering by improving the quality of undergraduate science education for women and men through faculty development activities.

This workshop will bring together junior and senior faculty from universities around the country and engage them in collaborative active learning experiences. Using gender-friendly approaches, participants will develop and implement course materials and other products that address the content, pedagogy, and climate in undergraduate science courses. Four components will be established: (1) an Institute that allows faculty from a variety of higher education institutions to work with one another in modifying their science curricula; (2) follow-up activities to the Institute, including electronic discussion groups; (3) the development of products, such as course syllabi and lab materials, which integrate the new gender-friendly scholarship into disciplinary and interdisciplinary models; and (4) a national consulting service that will provide expert advice to institutions that are in the process of reassessing the pedagogy, process, and/or content of their science courses. The intent is that by the third year of the project the programs will be fully self-supporting.

CONTACT: Jacqueline Ross
Department of Women's Studies Consortium
University of Wisconsin
1612 Van Hise Hall
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-262-3056
Fax: 608-263-2046

Shodor Computational Science Institute DUE 9752815

Introduction to Computational Science Education: Running and
Modifying Models for Exploration and Discovery,
June 7-18, 1998
(Optional work period June 19-20.)

Advanced Topics and Project Development in Computational
June 18-26, 1998

The Shodor Computational Science
Durham, NC

The Shodor Computational Science
Durham, NC

The Shodor Computational Science Institute (SCSI) is a series of workshops, seminars, and support activities to introduce the authentic use of numerical models across the undergraduate curriculum. The SCSI project will enable teams of mathematics, science, and computer science faculty at small to medium size colleges to work together to enhance their professional standing through the use of technology and the wider use of mathematical modeling and the tools of computational science within a truly interdisciplinary approach. This focus on modeling will enable these faculty to learn how to do computational science and how to teach computational science in engaging and enriching interactive environments incorporating the same tools, techniques, and technologies which characterize the modern practice of science and engineering. During a series of workshops and follow-on activities, participants progress from finding and assessing models, to running other people's models, to modifying these models, to ultimately writing their own. At each stage, the faculty grow to understand the importance of challenging the model and its numerical implementations, asking themselves and their students, "How do we know if it is right?" The project includes campus visits, a series of interdisciplinary summer workshops which cover the principles and practices of computational science at the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels, and seminars and modeling-based activities back at the home institutions. Continuous support and follow-up, materials development, access to HPCC and visualization resources, and evaluation are coordinated and enabled by using collaborative tools and electronic networks. More information is available at

CONTACT: Dr. Robert Panoff The Shodor Education Foundation, Inc.
923 Broad Street, Suite 100
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: 919-286-1911
Fax: 919-286-7876

1998 Instructor Resource Conference DUE 9714425
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April 1-4, 1998
SITE(S): The Saint Francis Hotel
Santa Fe, NM

South Central and Northwestern Practices in Environmental Technology Education (PETE) will host a joint 1998 Instructor Resource Conference, April 1-4 in the historical and colorful city of Santa Fe, New Mexico. This conference is targeted at secondary- and post-secondary faculty as well as government representatives from the EPA and Small Business Administration. The 1998 conference will feature a series of half-day workshops in which faculty write lesson plans, detail how material will be integrated into their programs, plan recruiting strategies, or write a continuing/contract education program development guide. A partial list of sessions includes water sampling techniques, performing pollution prevention audits, best practices in recruiting and retention, textbook authoring, and how to design an effective continuing education program.

CONTACT: Lea Campbell
Regional Executive Director
South Central PETE
Lamar University-Port Arthur
PO Box 310
Port Arthur, TX 77641
Phone: 409-984-6399
Fax: 409-984-6000

Pollution Prevention in Paradise (P3): East Meets West DUE 9714425
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August 6-8, 1998
SITE(S): Honolulu, HI

The workshop will consist of general sessions with keynote speakers and breakout sessions with specific topics. Participating faculty from community colleges and high schools will experience hands-on experience and will leave with useful instructional material. There will also be field trips associated with the workshop.

CONTACT: Barbara Rohde 717 K Street, Ste. 500
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-448-7599
Fax: 916-448-7580

Using Remote Sensing, Image Processing and Geographic Information Systems
in Faculty Enhancement and Curriculum Development
DUE 9752778
DATE(S) OF WORKSHOPS: August 10-14, 1998

August 10-14, 1998

August 10-14, 1998

August 19-21, 1998

SITE(S): Foothill College
Los Altos Hills, CA

Prince George's Community College
Largo, MD

Brevard Community College
Palm Bay Campus, FL

College of the Mainland
Texas City, TX

With the Community Colleges for Innovative Technology Transfer, Inc. (CCITT), eight regional summer workshops will be held during two consecutive years for faculty from community colleges and senior institutions. The workshops are providing faculty with training in four technologies: remote sensing/image processing (RS/IP) in the summer of 1998 and geographic information systems/geographic positioning systems (GIS/GPS) in the summer of 1999. The project is serving approximately 120 individual faculty over the course of the project.

The project's objectives are to:

CONTACT: Roxanne B. Mendrinos Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Phone: 650-949-7609
Fax: 650-949-7123

Interactive Television Instructor Workshop DUE 9714435
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dates vary; usually given twice a year
SITE(S): call contact

The workshop is based upon the premise that faculty members are experienced and competent teachers. Attendees will build on that experience and learn how to use the new visual medium of two-way interactive television to develop a close relationship with students who may be hundreds of miles away. The workshop also focuses on curriculum design as it relates to converting existing courses now taught in a traditional classroom environment to a distance education environment. Workshops are conducted by connecting two institutions together via video conferencing.

For monthly schedules and information, please visit the Southwest Center for Advanced Technological Education (SCATE) Web site at

CONTACT: Mr. Douglas Young
SCATE Distance Learning Coordinator
12404 Chelwood Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112-4626
Phone: 505-294-5371
Fax: 505-294-6526

Case Studies in Science Workshop DUE 9752799
April 24, 1998
June 1-5, 1998
SITE(S): State University of New York
at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY
This project works to develop case study teaching in the sciences. Although case study instruction is standard practice in business, law, and medicine, it is not common in science. Yet, the use of case studies holds great promise as a pedagogical technique for teaching science to undergraduates because it humanizes science and illustrates scientific methodology and values. This project involves faculty in a five-day workshop instructing them how to teach with cases, how to develop cases, and how to access a large body of existing case studies. Undergraduate students work with the program critiquing faculty instruction and the case study method. Developed case studies will be placed and maintained on a WWW site which, in turn, also serves as a national clearinghouse and repository for cases.
CONTACT: Dr. Clyde Herreid 661 Hochstetter Hall
State University of New York Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-2892
Fax: 716-645-2975

Project Kaleidoscope DUE 9752771


Enhancing Learning Centered Environments:
The Biology Department of the Future
May 22 - 24, 1998

Planning Facilities for Undergraduate Science and Mathematics
June 5 - 7, 1998

Neuroscience: Blueprints for Reform
June 12 - 14, 1998

Interdisciplinary Programs: Connecting Within and Beyond the Sciences
July 10 - 12, 1998

Women in Science: An Under-utilized Resource
October 30 - November 1, 1998

Special Opportunities and Challenges: Science and Mathematics at the Urban and Commuter Institution
November 6 - 8, 1998


William Jewell College
Liberty, MO

Grinnell College
Grinnell, IA

Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH

Montana State University
Bozeman, MT

DePauw University
Greencastle, IN

California State University-Fullerton
Fullerton, CA

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) is continuing its series of faculty enhancement workshops, addressing issues of interest and concern to faculty seeking to strengthen the environment for learning for undergraduate students in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. During a three-year period, 1998 - 2000, PKAL will sponsor 25 workshops that provide faculty and their administrative colleagues opportunity to learn from the work of experienced change agents, persons who have demonstrated success in revitalizing individual classes and courses and specific labs, as well as making needed changes at the departmental, divisional, and institutional level. Workshop participants have the opportunity to:

  • engage in discussions and hands-on activities relating to new pedagogical approaches (including those that use instructional technologies) that are demonstrably successful in attracting students to, and encouraging them to persist in, the study of these fields;
  • explore new ideas and approaches from the perspective of potential adaptation in their own setting;
  • become informed about the process of developing, implementing and evaluating reforms; and
  • connect to others who share a commitment to transforming the undergraduate SME&T environment for learning.
CONTACT: Jeanne L. Narum
The Independent Colleges Office/Project Kaleidoscope
1730 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Suite 803
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-232-1300
Fax: 202-331-1283

Teaching Computer-Intensive Resampling Techniques DUE 9752705
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June 1998, 1999
SITE(S): call contact

Probability and statistics are vital tools in a wide variety of fields and professions, from astronomy to zoology, and its teaching can be improved substantially with resampling. Next to calculus, statistics is probably the most taught course on college campuses. It also may be one of the least successful --students strain to remember or use formulae that distract them from the key tasks of problem formulation and data analysis. Computer-intensive resampling (an innovative technique now widely accepted among statisticians but not yet widely taught) allows students to determine sampling distributions and solve problems empirically with simulations based on sample data, rather than memorizing formulae.

This project will provide workshops to assist instructors in teaching introductory statistics using a resampling approach. Resampling is the repeated drawing of simulated samples, often from the given data, to observe the behavior of some statistic or estimate of interest. Bootstrap, Monte Carlo, and resampling counterparts to permutation (randomization) methods also are included. sometimes the term "computer-intensive methods" is used to refer to these methods generally.

There will be an initial series of meetings with instructors who already teach resampling in order to learn the issues that arise during resampling education. Next, workshops for interested statistics instructors will be held. Participants will be provided with the materials they need to return to their institutions and teach resampling. Follow-up questionnaires will be sent to participants to asses their experiences. A web site will offer some of the same materials. Two follow-up workshops will be held with participants to discuss their experiences in teaching resampling methods an "innovate, assess, adjust" cycle.

CONTACT: Susan Kulesher American Statistical Association
1429 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-684-1221
Fax: 703-684-2037

The Art and Science of Model Building: A Workshop for College
Mathematics Teachers
DUE 9752723
April 15, 1998
July 27-August 8, 1998
August 2-7, 1999
SITE(S): University of Montana
Missoula, MT

This workshop is designed to introduce college mathematics teachers to the art and science of model-building, and to help them gain the skill and confidence needed to introduce modeling activities in their own undergraduate teaching.

The specific theme of the workshop is "Mathematical Modeling of Environmental and Natural Resource Conflicts," a topic chosen for its intrinsic importance, rich mathematical content, and strong appeal to students. Involvement in an applied mathematical modeling project can help students understand the central role that mathematics plays in modern science, and demonstrate to them the value of further mathematical study.

The formal workshop will occur over two summers. During the intervening academic year each participant will teach an undergraduate modeling course or undertake a project at his or her home institution while keeping in contact with workshop colleagues via the Internet.

The first summer program will include two intensive weeks of formal study and field trips to learn about "real-world" environmental disputes in the Northern Rockies. The second summer workshop will be devoted to discussions of completed project and seminars on modeling issues. Younger faculty are especially encouraged to apply.

More information is available at workshop

CONTACT: Secretary
Mathematics Modeling Workshop
University of Montana
Mathematics Department
Missoula, MT 59812
Phone: 406-243-5311
Fax: 406-243-2674

Building Bridges: Enhancing Teaching and Research Across Institutions DUE 9653388
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July 15, 1998
SITE(S): Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This project's vision is to create self-supporting networks among Minority Institution (MI) faculty and between MI faculty and faculty at research-intensive institutions by bringing together current and near-term faculty from these institutions to learn from and instruct each other. Senior faculty will provide guidance to new faculty. Those trained in the latest research techniques will teach those less practiced or whose specialties are no longer current. Particular emphasis is placed on involving current doctoral students interested in pursuing faculty careers. In all cases, those willing to invest the time and energy to expand their skills will have the opportunity to network with others of similar interests.

During the next three years, 90 faculty and senior graduate students selected from among applicants at MI's and research intensive institutions will participate in an intensive three-day workshop. This workshop will emphasize a review of best pedagogic practices, strategies for initiating or revitalizing a research program, and instruction on effective mentoring practices for undergraduate students.

This project builds on existing collaborations which the GEM Consortium has with faculty at a variety of institutions. This project promises to leverage the resources and expertise of new and senior faculty at a variety of institutions to build collaborative networks to improve teaching, research, and mentoring.

CONTACT: Doris Roman
Associate Director
The GEM Consortium
Southwest Office
University of Arizona
1609 E. Helen St. BLDG 410
Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: 520-626-5193
Fax: 520-626-3277

Current Topics in Science & Mathematics for Montana
Tribal College Faculty
DUE 9752761
May 29, 1998
August 10-21, 1998
SITE(S): Montana State University
Bozeman, MT
A collaboration of all seven of Montana's tribal colleges (TCs), in partnership with the University of Montana (UM) and Montana State University (MSU), proposes to carry out a tribal college faculty enhancement program consisting of summer workshops and TC faculty terms-in-residence (TIR), where TC faculty will spend a term or academic year in residence at either UM or MSU. The main objective of the workshops is to explore new teaching methodologies in areas such as math-science integration, inquiry-based learning, practical/experiential learning, integration of research and coursework, and incorporation of new technologies. The TIR will provide additional opportunities for professional development. During a TIR, individual TC faculty members may take courses that will enable them to expand and enrich course offerings or lead to an advanced degree, conduct research with university colleagues, co-teach courses with university colleagues, and participate in educational reform efforts. An important additional benefit to the TIR is that tribal college faculty, through collaborations with university faculty, will provide leadership in developing strategies that are more conducive to the education of Native Americans in the university system. Participation in the workshops will be open to 20 TC math-science faculty as well as four university faculty per year. Workshops will take place during the summers of 1998 and 1999. Participation in the terms-in-residence program will be selective and based on the quality of sub-proposals submitted to the steering committee. The development and reinforcement of collaboration between TC and university faculty will be of long-term benefit to higher education across Montana. In particular, tribal college faculty will enrich their knowledge while simultaneously enriching the university system with methods that have proven to be successful in the education of Native Americans in science and math.

CONTACT: Dr. Peter Crowley Ryan Salish Kootenai College
Pablo, MT
Phone: 406-675-4800, ext 304
Fax: 406-675-4801

Interdisciplinary Mathematics and Science Projects at Two-and Four-
Year Schools: A New York State Coalition
DUE 9653446
March 1, 1998
April 17-19, 1998
SITE(S): Albany, NY

Mathematics faculty in New York State have formed the New York State Coalition (NYSC) to integrate the teaching and learning of mathematics and its applications in science and quantitative subjects. Building upon the success of the work accomplished through its previous Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement projects, Integration of Workshop Approaches in Calculus and Precalculus and Modern Curricula in Ordinary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra, the NYSC will now learn about developing and implementing courses and modules that make connections between mathematics and its applications in science.

This project will enable the NYSC to accomplish the following:

  • modify the modern curricula (new courses and materials that integrate mathematics, science, and quantitative disciplines) for local implementation. Six national consortium projects are currently developing these curricula;
  • demonstrate how faculty in mathematics and in other disciplines can cooperate to develop interdisciplinary courses and instructional materials suitable for implementation at two- and four-year schools;
  • continue to attract and retain students from underrepresented groups in mathematics and science courses; and
  • spur interdisciplinary innovations at participating institutions.

These efforts will help to:

  • increase faculty knowledge of the content and pedagogy related to teaching and scholarship in mathematics;
  • emphasize to students the importance of mathematical modeling in industry;
  • improve student understanding and retention of fundamental mathematical concepts;
  • assist faculty in developing and initiating alternatives to the lecture format of teaching; and
  • promote effective communication between two- and four-year institutions and users of mathematics in the real world.

CONTACT: Jack Narayan SUNY at Oswego
Oswego, NY 13126
Phone: 315-341-3152 or 3692
Fax: 315-341-3177 or 3577