STEM Institute looking for faculty fellows

Posted by Ayleen Barbel Fattal

FIU’s STEM Transformation Institute (STEM-TI) is looking for founding faculty fellows; the institute announced the search at its internal launch reception Oct. 22.

The founding fellows will be responsible for furthering the institute’s commitment to advance research and influencing educational change. The institute brings together faculty from FIU’s College of Arts & Sciences, College of Education, and College of Engineering and Computing to build a nationally recognized STEM education research group that develops effective instructional techniques for the classroom.

STEM-TI Fellows will collaborate on innovative STEM education research and implement evidence-based instructional approaches in STEM courses. The objective is to improve student retention and pass rates. The fellows program is another way the STEM institute is responding to the national charge of producing 100,000 new STEM teachers and an additional 1 million STEM professionals by 2020.

“They are the faculty that will be key advocates to improving learning and research on campus, as well as being the leaders of new and innovative projects,” said STEM-TI Director Laird Kramer.

Fellows will be appointed to three-year renewable terms. All faculty are encouraged to apply as both researchers and instructors play critical roles in STEM education research.

Benefits for fellows include:

  • Eligibility to apply for STEM Institute Seed Funding targeting proposal development, pilot research studies, and/or course innovations. Funding may include salary, travel and/or supplies.
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration for research and evidence-based STEM instruction at FIU.
  • Opportunities for external government and foundation funding.
  • New STEM education and/or outreach projects.
  • Enhanced education outreach components for existing and/or future projects.
  • Facilitation of STEM course transformation (design, assessment and dissemination).
  • Opportunities for external collaborative STEM education research, instruction and outreach with universities, K12 systems and informal STEM networks.
  • Recognition and dissemination of STEM education accomplishments.

If you are interested in joining STEM-TI as a founding faculty fellow, please submit this online application by Nov. 15. Appointments will be announced in January.

For assistance with form submission, contact Robert Brown, coordinator of administrative services for the institute, at Robert.Brown@fiu.edu.

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