June 2021 NIST Newsletter

Spotlight: DEI Summer Reading List

Summer is here! Universities with semester and quarter systems have ended their Spring term, and some of us may be feeling some room to breathe, reflect, and generate a plan of attack for the coming academic year. Hopefully, many of you have some plans for travel, getting out, or the best staycation ever. Often this is also a time of year when we carve out time to read, and catch-up on important topics that help us grow both personally and professionally. This DEI spotlight focuses on books that may help us deepen our understanding of DEI issues in higher education. Full descriptions are provided in the links by clicking on the titles.  We hope you find some time to enjoy one or more of the titles.

1. "Superior" - Angela Saini. "Superior" walks the reader through the long history of the belief in biological racial differences and how it has been intertwined with political history. 
2. "Inferior" - Angela Saini. "Inferior" explores the background belief that men and women are fundamentally different. Angela Saini takes the reader on a journey that investigates past research on gender differences in biology, anthropology, and psychology. "Inferior" then shows a view of science where women are included rather than excluded. 
3. "UNgrading" - Susan Blum. Read the testimonials of fifteen educators describing their journey going gradeless. The stories encompass all levels of instruction, and different disciplines. This is a great book for understanding the movement and reading the personal reflections of individuals that are at different stages of their journey.
4. "For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education" - Chris Emdin. In this book the author reflects on their own experience to show a poignant perspective on teaching and learning in urban schools. The author explains their theory of Reality Pedgaogy, demonstrating this with the seven C's, and provides tools to excite and encourage students and instructors to break free of traditional modes of thinking about urban education. 
5. "The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die" - Keith Payne. The Broken Ladder explores the effects of rising inequality and how people perceive their position in society.  The book examines inequalities' link to health crises, long-term prosperity, and social cohesion, among others. 
6. "Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society" - Cordelia Fine. This text explores the myth that the difference between men and women is biological. Codelia Fine works to debunk the science and societal misconceptions that are often used to perpetuate this myth. Using humor in a masterful way, "Testosterone Rex"  disproves these misconceptions, and argues for a more equal society based on the potential present in all humans.
7. "Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education" - Jay Dolmage. "Academic Ableism" brings together disability studies and institutional critique to examine the methods for accommodation and how schools are constructed, to formulate their argument that building more inclusive schools that address ableism will ultimately provide better education for all. 
8. "The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students" - Anthony Abraham Jack. This book outlines how student background has a large effect on the chances for student success, and illuminates what it is like to be poor on an elite college campus. The book  explains why the university obligation to disadvantaged students must go beyond a letter of admission and strive to make inclusion for all students a reality at college campuses. 

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NIST Programs & Announcements Recommended Reading & Listening, Special Events, and Job Opportunities
Among others, June is Great Outdoors Month, what are your plans for this summer? 

It's that time of year again - you may be looking forward to this summer more than in the past. We know that reflection on practice, professional development, and a reset before the start of the next year are common items on everyone's "To Do List". Hopefully, there is time and opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors as well. If you haven't planned out your summer, or are still looking for things to do we've found some great opportunities, reading lists, workshops, and Happy Hours to start you off.  

As always, we at NIST are doing our best to provide resources and information that helps all of us grow in both personal and professional contexts. We hope the month of June has begun with a great start, and look forward to the next time we see you in one of the many workshops and Happy Hours hosted by NIST.

Teaching Critical Thinking in STEM - Virtual Conference 

Mays Imad, Professor Pima Community College, is hosting a virtual free conference on intentionally and explicitly teaching critical thinking in STEM courses. There is no cost to registrants for attending this conference.

The tentative agenda can be found here.

The dates and times for the conference are:
Thursday July 8th: 9AM-1PM PDT
Thursday July 29th: 9AM-1PM PDT

Please fill out the pre-registration form by Friday June 18th, so we can include you in important communications about the conference.

This conference is being funded by an incubator grant from NSF. We hope you are able to attend, and we look forward to seeing you.

Please feel free to contact Mays if you have any questions.

NIST Summer 2021: 
Online Summer Institute 

Bill Wischusen will lead the Online Summer Institute for NIST.

The NIST Online Summer Institute is designed for STEM faculty, grad students, and postdocs new to teaching. In this five-day institute, participants will experience a thorough introduction to the Three Pillars of Scientific Teaching: Inclusivity, Active Learning, and Assessment. By examining relevant research, working online in small peer groups facilitated by experienced instructors, and performing structured work independently, participants will develop a deep understanding of research-backed pedagogies proven to increase student success (ie, "scientific teaching").
Throughout the week, participants will design an evidence-based, inclusive teaching activity. Each day will be split between independent work, large group activities and lessons, and small group work. On the final day of the program, participants will present their teaching activities to the entire group. By the end of the institute participants will have observed, evaluated, and collected a portfolio of innovative teaching approaches, instructional materials and practical strategies for enhancing student learning that can be adapted to their own teaching environments.

Dates & Details

The NIST Online SI will take place on Macmillan's newest online learning platform, Achieve, from July 26-30, 2021.  Each day will include online sessions from roughly 12-5 PM ET / 11 AM-4 PM CT / 10 AM -3 PM MT / 9 AM-2 PM PT; outside of those times, participants will be expected to do anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours of individual work per day. 

Click here to register for this exciting and inspirational event.


Online Writing Studio

In partnership with Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) meeting, CourseSource is hosting Online Writing Studios this summer. 

  • July 19-21 from 12-4 pm Eastern each day (for participants writing about online and/or in-person lessons)
  • August 16-18 from 12-4 pm Eastern each day (for participants writing about online lessons only)

Inclusive STEM Teaching Project 

This NSF-funded initiative is holding a six-week course from June 15th - July 27th through EdX. Participants will engage in reflection and discussion of topics related to equity and inclusion across many contexts. Register for the course here:

SABER: Annual Meeting 2021 

The annual meeting will be held virtually over each of the last four Fridays in the month of July. This is an exciting opportunity to network, see cutting-edge research in the field, and get some information on how you can try some new things in your class, or on your campus.

Please see the website for more information.

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