August 2017 Newsletter

In this edition: 

Welcome all 2017
Summer Institute alumni!

The Summer Institute doesn't end because summer does.
2017 UConn Summer Institute Group Picture
UConn 2017 Summer Institute Leaders, Facilitators & Participants

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all those who attended regional or mobile Summer Institutes this summer. By attending a Summer Institute, you are now part of a national community of over 1700 instructors who have been trained in scientific teaching since the Summer Institutes began in 2004.

You'll receive monthly updates about webinars, scientific teaching resources, job postings and more from this community via this newsletter. Please note, you may unsubscribe at any time using the links at the bottom of this message. 

Announcing the Fall 2017
Scientific Teaching in Practice Webinars

Series Overview
The Scientific Teaching in Practice Webinar Series extends the learning and dialogue that occurs at the Summer Institutes into a year-round community that supports and inspires evidence-based teaching. Each month, the SI community is invited to attend an interactive webinar related to the practice and/or dissemination of scientific teaching. The webinar will be facilitated by someone experienced in that area, integrating significant time for questions and open discussion. Webinars are open to SI alums as well as those generally interested in scientific teaching and evidence-based teaching strategies. 

Save the Dates

Inclusive Teaching (Featuring Dr. Kimberly Tanner)
Friday, September 29, 2017 | 3-4 PM ET (12-1 PM PT) 
Zoom Link to Join:
Measuring the Impact of Scientific Teaching (Featuring Dr. Jenny Knight) 
Friday, October 13, 2017 | 3-4 PM ET (12-1 PM PT)
Zoom Link to Join:

Publishing Your Teachable Tidbit on CourseSource (Featuring Dr. Jess Blum) 
Friday, November 3, 2017 | 3-4 PM ET (12-1 PM PT)
Zoom Link to Join:

For more information on upcoming seminars, visit our "Webinar Series" page

Resources to Support
Your 2017-2018 Teaching

Did you know that the Summer Institutes website has been expanded in the past year to include resources to support your teaching? 

As you implement scientific teaching this semester, check out the following resources: 
Go to Summer Institutes Website

Special Feature:

SI Evaluation Team Tour 2017

“We found that focusing on challenges to implementation actually had little impact on instructors’ use of scientific teaching. Instead, instructors able to overcome challenges concentrated on available supports or identified new forms of support at their universities.” 
--Meghan Bathgate, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Yale University
Members of the Yale Summer Institutes (SI) evaluation team traveled to each of the 2017 Regional SIs this year. Evaluation director Mark Graham visited University of Chicago and University of California, San Diego; postdoctoral research associate Meghan Bathgate traveled to Louisiana State University and University of Connecticut; and, postdoctoral research associate Andrew Cavanagh traveled to University of Oregon and University of Minnesota. 

The goal of these visits was to provide actionable information to participants, facilitators, and site leaders as they considered ways to best engage their students through scientific teaching. The team members each spoke about data from a recent survey of over 700 Summer Institutes alumni. One theme from the team’s analyses was the importance of building supports for scientific teaching. There was a strong relationship between scientific teaching and instructors’ perceptions of the number of supports available to them (e.g., helpful peers, access to online resources, positive student responses). Based on these findings, the evaluation team and SI attendees discussed practical ways instructors can increase their capacity to adopt evidence-based practices – in part by developing an awareness of supports available at their home institution and creating new supports. 

Looking for resources to support your implementation of scientific teaching? Check out the "Resources" tab on the Summer Institutes website.

STEM Education Job Opportunities

Did you know that we post job opportunities submitted to us on the SI website? Current postings include: 
Submit a job posting or view additional postings on the Summer Institutes "News & Opportunities" page

Questions about the Summer Institutes or suggestions for this newsletter?

Please contact the Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching Program Director: Dr. Elizabeth Luoma (
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