Inclusive Teaching and Revised On Campus Ramps (InTRO) is a priority within KCIE.
With this priority we seek to provide students taking entry-level science and math courses with clearer entry points to those disciplines and guidance to potential careers. This work is in collaboration with the faculty of the science division.
InTRO Opportunities – Spring 2023 Initiatives
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded a number of Inclusive Excellence grants to institutions across the USA with the ambitious goal of making science education in particular and the institution as a whole, “inclusive.” Awarded institutions were asked to look inward and assess what barriers exist that inhibit the inclusion of all students in the learning, and for campuses to develop programming to increase students’ success. Within the INTRO priority we seek to provide students taking entry-level science and math courses with clearer entry points to those disciplines and guidance to potential careers.
- Introductory STEM courses offer students multiple, non-redundant entry
- Changes seek to “level the playing field” and not perpetuate “prior experience” benefits
- Changes in pedagogical practice should aim for informed experimentation, not perfection
- Changes to our courses need not be complete overhauls.
How to Participate:
There are three ways to participate. Complete the InTRO application to apply for any of the three options below.
1. “Ready-Made” topics (primarily for STEM faculty)
Sign up to be a part of a group that engages in one of these “ready-made” topics.
Schedule of HHMI sponsored discussion/presentation meetings for Spring 2023:
- Week 2: April 4
- Week 5: April 25
- Week 8: May 16
Discussion meetings will take place Thursdays 11:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. in the Stone Room of Hicks Dining Hall. Sign in at the desk for free lunch.
- Convener/Topic Organizer (attend all meetings, write short final report): $500
- Attendee all three meetings: $150
2. Try out a new idea (For STEM faculty)
Try out a new idea in your class or, as a department, try something new in all of your introductory courses. We will support the experiment with a stipend for each faculty member and will also fund necessary equipment or supplies.
- Substantial course redesign: $1500
- Module of course element redesign: $500
3. Sign up for a presentation and Q&A (Open to all Disciplines)
Have you already developed a new approach or made a change to one of your courses that facilitates inclusive excellence and/or addresses the InTRO goals listed above? We would like to reward you post hoc! Sign up to tell your colleagues about what you found. Open to all disciplines.
- One-time presentation and moderation of Q&A: $500
Working closely with the other members of the Learning Commons Center, Dr. Rachel Love, Director of the new Science, Math, Business, and Economics (SMBE) Learning Centers, is in charge of coordinating the peer-led learning support for students taking introductory courses in these areas.
This work focuses on revising introductory science and math curriculum to integrate career guidance, emphasize shared concepts among disciplines and enhance academic support centers.
We will seek to provide students taking entry-level science and math courses with clearer entry points to those disciplines and guidance to potential careers.
New Course Offering
Interdisciplinary Elective 295 – Pedagogy for Peer Supports
In Interdisciplinary Elective 295 (IDSY-295), Dr. Love will introduce students to the fundamentals of pedagogy and teach them strategies for helping peers with diverse backgrounds and learning styles strengthen their academic skills.
This course will be available Spring 2023
Course Innovation Grants Program
The purpose of this program is to support STEM faculty interested in working with and learning from other faculty to implement effective, inclusive pedagogical practices into their courses.
Questions about INTRO?
For questions relating to the KCIE INTRO goal please contact Binney Girdler at Binney.Girdler@kzoo.edu.