UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
The GREAT Falcon STEM Fellow (GFSF) program is a key element in a five-year NSF-funded grant designed to increase the number of STEM graduates at UWRF. This program is specifically tied to "Action 1" of the grant that involves the implementation of "active-learning, student-centered pedagogy." The purpose of this program is to increase the use of proven active teaching pedagogies (e.g., Flipped Classroom, Team-based Learning, Peer Instruction, Studio Physics, Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning – POGIL) in STEM courses. Successful applications will articulate essential course content goals and proposed pedagogical changes surrounding those goals. Faculty should be able to convey that they are interested in change and what types of change they are considering. Small but significant changes are preferable to an entire overhaul of a course.
STEM Fellows will work closely with STEM Mentors during Spring and Summer in the development of active-learning strategies for one of their course offering in Fall. STEM Fellows will then connect with the next cohort of STEM Fellows and will serve as their STEM Mentor. STEM Fellows will also present a description of their efforts at a campus wide event like the URSCA Gala.
Who Can Participate?
Instructional Academic Staff (must have been at UWRF for at least 3 years) or any Tenured or Tenure-track Faculty member who teach one of the following STEM "gate-way" courses are eligible: BIOL 150, 160, 210, 230, 240, CHEM 120, 121, 122, 130, 231, 232, 233, 240. ESM 105, 220, GEOL 101, 150, 230, 231, 269, MATH 147, 149, 166, 167, 236, 256, 266, PHYS 121, 122, 131, 132, 264.
Participation and selection of participants is at the discretion of individual departments, programs, and/or colleges.
Each participant will receive a payment of $900 to support development of the course during the summer months and another payment of $900 during the semester of implementation. All funding is provided via the GREAT Falcon: STEM STEP grant.
STEM Fellows Timeline
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Applications must be submitted in electronic format after the necessary signatures are obtained. A scanned copy must be attached to an e-mail and sent to FASDB by 4:30 p.m. on the due date. The e-mail subject line must include the grant title and last name of the applicant (example: STEM-Eckwall).
Applications that are not submitted following these directions will not be considered.