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- Yearly awards for faculty interested in improving teaching and learning in a natural science lecture or laboratory undergraduate course by adopting innovative instructional strategies.
- Awards for faculty to mentor a graduate student or post-doc in transforming at least a two week segment of a natural science course.
- Award to a group of faculty in a department to set up regular lunch meetings and discuss teaching related issues
- Provide funds for necessary supplies (e.g., books) and food.
- Awards of up to $1,000 for faculty members interested in traveling to another university or to an education conference to take a workshop focused on an innovative instructional strategy.
Professional development for faculty and TAs
- dB-SERC conducts workshops for both veteran and new faculty and teaching assistants with a mission to help a wider audience of faculty and graduate students learn about effective approaches to teaching.
Discussions and Consultations on Teaching and Learning
Regular lunch meetings with faculty interested in teaching and learning
- At these seminar style gatherings, issues related to teaching and learning are discussed
- More information about the papers discussed, discussion leaders, and short summaries of the discussions is available here.
Consultation in assessment of teaching and learning
- e.g., consultation on how to assess student learning in a course (conceptual, attitudinal, etc.), or including an assessment component of a proposal with a significant educational component. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a consultation.
- Strives to bring together faculty from different departments who are interested in creating new courses or transforming existing courses to emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of current science research.
- If you have an idea for such a course and would like to be connected to faculty members from a different department, send an email to email@example.com.
Support with grant proposals
- Support to faculty who are interested in writing grant proposals which include a significant educational component.
- If you are working on such a proposal and would like consultation on, for example, the assessment component, contact the dB-SERC Post-Doctoral Teacher Scholar and Assessment Consultant, Emily Marshman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Effective use of technology
- Consultations on pedagogical use of technology
- In addition, our website provides information about effective designs of:
Connecting Pitt faculty with K-12 educators and students
- dB-SERC can help connect faculty members at Pitt who are interested in K-12 education with teachers. For example, faculty members may be interested in:
- Working with students
- Giving talks about science research being done at Pitt
- Working with K-12 educators to develop teaching modules
- Engage in outreach