- Year 2019
- NSF Noyce Award # 1660620
- First Name Julie
- Last Name Dahlstrom
- Institution Carthage College
- Role/Position Principal investigator and Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy
- Workshop Category Track 1: Scholarships and Stipends
- Workshop Disciplines Audience Biological
- Target Audience Higher Education Institution Administrators, Project PIs / Co-PIs / Other Faculty/Staff, School and District Administrators
- Topics Noyce Project Management and/or Sustainability
- Session Length 30 minutes
- Additional Presenter(s)
Christine Blaine, firstname.lastname@example.org, Carthage College, Co-PI and Professor of Chemistry;
Karin Sconzert, email@example.com, Carthage College, Co-PI and Associate Professor of Education;
Aaron Trautwein, firstname.lastname@example.org, Carthage College, Co-PI and Professor of Mathematics
This workshop will share and solicit ‘lessons learned’ from Noyce programs at smaller PUIs to start developing a set of effective practices for designing and running a Noyce program in these environments. The ultimate goal is to help smaller institutions identify and leverage their advantages in recruiting and preparing future STEM teachers.
Noyce programs at large public universities outnumber those at small institutions by a significant margin, and challenges faced in implementing Noyce programs at PUIs are different from those at research institutions. The use cases of the specific challenges we have faced in implementing a Noyce Track 1 program at Carthage College will be used as a starting point for a larger conversation aimed at identifying best practices for Noyce programs at smaller PUIs.
Noyce programs at large public universities outnumber those at smaller primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) by a substantial margin. Reasons for the wide gap in participation among institution types include larger numbers of target STEM students at higher enrollment institutions and a better developed sponsored programs infrastructure at larger universities. These factors compound each other to make a strong case that more STEM teachers can be produced with greater economies of scale at larger universities. In contrast, PUIs tend to have lower student enrollments, heavier faculty teaching loads, less grant experience, and fewer resources to execute institutional grants. These challenges can become insurmountable barriers to development beyond the Noyce capacity building stage.
This session will use the lessons learned while designing and implementing the Carthage College Noyce program as a case study of one way that a Track 1 program grew from a capacity building grant. The overall goal of this workshop is to offer investigators, faculty, and administrators from PUIs a forum to discuss the challenges they face, previously known or unforeseen, and to share what they have learned in their Noyce efforts. Think-pair-share exercises will be used with participants to identify, discuss, and (hopefully) leverage the advantages that PUIs have in recruiting, preparing, and supporting their students in STEM teaching. This workshop will be especially helpful to PUI’s with capacity building grants.