Summer Institute

May 28 - May 31, 2019

The first annual CIENCIA Summer Institute will take place the week after graduation and Memorial Day weekend, and the week before the summer session begins, on the Stan State Turlock campus. Twenty-five COS faculty will take part in an intensive professional development experience, taught by expert instructors, focused on evidence-based and culturally-engaging teaching. This teaching institute will take a deep look at the theory behind scientific teaching, the ethical and moral basis for emphasizing inclusion and diversity, and the evidence for inquiry-based teaching. The institute will remain focused on praxis: a major goal is for participants to leave the institute with a specific strategy for how they plan to implement elements of active learning, assessment, and inclusion in specific classes they will be teaching during the following academic year. Each day will include time for reflection so that faculty participants can identify pedagogical practices they will incorporate into their teaching.


Tuesday, May 28

  • Welcome from Provost Kimberly Greer and Dean David Evans
  • Introduction and logistics: Dr. Matthew Cover
  • Faculty as learners: Dr. Virginia Montero-Hernandez
  • The importance of culturally-relevant teaching: Dr. Aletha Harven
  • Building trust and rapport in the classroom: Dr. Shametrice Davis (CSU Long Beach) and Dr. Daniel Soodjinda

Wednesday, May 29

  • Strategies for difficult conversations: Dr. Debra Bukko
  • Revising STEM curriculum and pedagogy: examples from UC Merced
  • Backwards design and assessment: Dr. Kimberly Tanner (San Francisco State University)

Thursday, May 30

Friday, May 31

Updated: August 08, 2023