STEM barriers for rural students and learning outcomes with computer tutorials are a couple of topics faculty will be researching with the help of mini-grant funding from the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE). CAFE recently provided nearly $21,000 in mini-grant funding for the following projects:
- “Evaluating the Introduction to an Interdisciplinary Major: Collaborative Pedagogy and its Efficacy in Framing the Newly Designed E&TC Degree Program,” by English and technical communication faculty Dr. Carleigh Davis, assistant professor, Dr. Sarah Hercula, assistant professor, and Dr. Kristine Swenson, professor and chair.
- “Community Based Teacher Preparation: Preparing Secondary Teacher Candidates for the Nuanced Needs of Rural Public Schools” by Dr. Mary E. Gillis, assistant teaching professor of teacher education and certification.
- “The Conceptualized and Interactive Guided Coding for Math 5601 (Introduction to Numerical Analysis)” by Dr. Xiaoming He, associate professor of mathematics and statistics.
- “Integrating MATLAB as a Pedagogical Tool in ME-3411 Coursework to Study its Impact on Student Learning” by Dr. Nishant Kumar, associate teaching professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.
- “The Role of Personality and Affect on Student Preference, Level of Engagement, and Learning Outcome between Instructor-led In-person Computer Exercises and the Use of Recorded Computer Tutorials” by Dr. Bih-Ru Lea, associate professor of business and information technology.
- “Exploring STEM Barriers for Rural Students: Perceptions from Caucasian and African American High School Students” by Dr. Joan Schuman, associate teaching professor of engineering management and systems engineering, Dr. Beth Kania-Gosche, chair and professor of teacher education and certification, Dr. Benjamin Kwasa, assistant professor of engineering management and systems engineering, and Dr. Michelle Schwartze, assistant teaching professor of teacher education and certification.
- “Measurable Metrics to Improve the Clarity of Student Expectation for Assignments in EE3120 – Electronics (II)” by Dr. Bijaya Shrestha, associate teaching professor of electrical and computer engineering.
Dr. Irina Ivliyeva, chair of CAFE, thanks members of the educational research mini-grant selection committee for their valuable time and expertise.
The mini-grant program provides funding to help instructors research a teaching and learning question that affects student, course or campus outcomes. Results of these projects will be shared at S&T’s Innovation in Teaching and Learning Technology Conference in March 2022. Visit CAFÉ’s website for more information about the program, or to access previous mini-grant reports.