Gail Webster Takes Part in STEM Meetings
January 17, 2013
Gail Webster, associate professor of chemistry, participated in two meetings dealing with STEM reform initiatives in higher education during the past several months. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.
She presented an interactive session at Next Generation STEM Learning: Investigate, Innovate, Inspire, a meeting organized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Kansas City, Mo., in November.
She made the presentation — Conquering Institutional Inertia: Strategies for Overcoming Barriers to STEM Reform — with Andrew Bressette, associate provost and associate professor of chemistry at Berry College, and Laura Frost, director of STEM education at Florida Gulf Coast University.
She attended another meeting in December as an internal advisory board member for the project Achieving Scale for STEM Reform: Studying and Enhancing Undergraduate STEM Networks. Adrianna Kezar, professor at the University of Southern California and associate director of the Pullias Center on Higher Education is the principal investigator for the study.
The focus of Achieving Scale for STEM Reform is to examine four successful national networks that have a common goal of reforming undergraduate STEM education. Gail was selected as one of four representatives of one of those networks, the Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) Project, which she has been involved with at a national level since 2006.
The other STEM reform networks being studied are Project Kaleidoscope, BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium and Student Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities.