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Faculty-Student Communities for Improving STEM Instruction

The Faculty-Student STEM Communities project is a comprehensive effort to support student-centered instructional change across the College of Science and Engineering at Texas State University. This five-year, $2.5 million project officially launched in 2020 and will consist of four programmatic components that provide STEM faculty and students with opportunities to engage in workshops, departmental self-assessments, redesign of lower-division gateway courses, and project-level decision making. Participating STEM departments will receive multifaceted intellectual, material, and logistical supports to empower faculty-student teams in developing sustainable communities focused on culturally relevant instruction. The project will also involve three research strands that focus on communities among faculty and students, STEM student trajectories at Texas State, and student graduation rates and STEM workforce outcomes for Texas State and other Hispanic Serving Institutions.

Are you a faculty member in CoSE?

This project is focused on supporting you and your students. Each of the four programmatic components are designed to help you build community with your students and peers, learn more about your students' experiences, and become more engaged in improving instruction within your department.

If you are interested in becoming involved, we encourage you to come to our workshops and other project events. At these events, we will provide instructional resources, create space for you to discuss ongoing instructional challenges with us and your peers, and listen to your ideas about possible paths forward. Starting in Fall 2020, we will also work with teams of faculty who are interested in exploring potential improvements to specific STEM courses in their departments, and collect student data to inform these improvements. You can learn about how to get involved in the department instructional asssessment process here. To learn more about the programmatic elements of our project overall, please visit our project resources page

Are you a student in CoSE?

This project aims to increase STEM student success in school and after graduation. One of the key components of the project involves supporting faculty-student course redesign teams. We hope that if you participate in this process as a team member, you will experience a sense of agency in shaping your undergraduate experience through improving instruction in a STEM course at Texas State. We also hope that you will experience a sense of community among faculty and your peers through either participating on one of these teams and/or being a student in a redesigned course.

If you are interested in becoming involved, we encourage you to apply to be a Learning Assistant (LA)! For Spring 2022, we are seeking undergraduate LAs to join faculty-student course redesign teams and faciltiate student learning for BIO 1330 (Functional Biology); BIO 1331 (Organismal Biology); and Math 2472 (Calculus II); as well as several physics courses. LAs will play a key role in facilitating dialogue around challenging content in the redesigned STEM courses. To learn more about becoming an LA, please visit our Student Opportunities page

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This project is co-led by Dr.'s Heather Galloway (PI), Eleanor Close, Li Feng, Cynthia Luxford, and Alice Olmstead (co-PIs), along with Dr.'s Jiwoo An Pierson and Charles Ramey II (postdocs). Learn about our full project team here.

This project is supported by funding from NSF #1928696, as part of the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education-Hispanic Serving Institutions (IUSE-HSI) program. For more information about the award, click here.

If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact at least 72 hours in advance of an event. Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus.