- Year 2019
- NSF Noyce Award # 1660644
- First Name Nazan
- Last Name Bautista
- Discipline Other: All sciences and Mathematics
Jennifer Blue, Miami University, firstname.lastname@example.org; Tammy Schwartz, Miami University, email@example.com; Jeffrey Wanko, Miami University, firstname.lastname@example.org; Ellen Yezierski, Miami University, email@example.com
Jeffrey Wanko, Miami University, firstname.lastname@example.org; Ellen Yezierski, Miami University, email@example.com; Jennifer Blue, Miami University, firstname.lastname@example.org; Tammy Schwartz, Miami University, email@example.com
As the universities and colleges across the US struggle to recruit into their teacher education programs, teacher educators have pursued funding from programs such as NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program and Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, which offer significant amount of scholarship, to attract STEM majors into their programs. While these funds make the teacher education programs attractive, there are a range of different issues and challenges that need to be addressed for successful implementation of them. This project examines the challenges specific to implementing Noyce teacher scholarship program at Miami University. More specifically, we examine the factors that have impacted our ability to successfully execute the planned program.
Our goal was to better understand the factors impacting the implementation of the MU-Noyce Program. The key activities supporting this goal is reviewing the external review report of the program and the leadership team meeting notes.
In this project, the researchers review the monthly leadership team meeting notes and the external review report to identify the factors that impacted the implementation of the MU-Noyce program. Then, the factors were grouped as internal (under control of the program faculty and staff) and external (those outside of the program faculty and staff). Next, we develop strategies to address/respond to these internal and external factors to not only ensure the successful implementation of the program but also its sustainability beyond the NSF Noyce funds.
We will provide a summary of the findings of the investigation (external and internal factors and strategies to address them) to stakeholders on campus (e.g., Office of the Advancement of the Research and Scholarship, Graduate School, Deans, Chairs, Financial Aids and Bursar Office, General Accounting etc.). We will disseminate the information as relates to other faculty members on campus who seek funding to recruit students into STEM programs.
The broader impact of this study is twofold. First, we will inform new Noyce awardees about the potential challenges they may face in their institutions as they start running their programs with the hope that they can avoid running into the same issues. Second, we will raise awareness among upper level administrators across campus (e.g., provost, deans, and chairs) about how institutional agenda may interfere with the successful implementation of the programs that are aligned with the institution?s mission and goals.