By on June 17, 2019

Advancing Faculty Mentoring Practices Workshop at UCLA by ASPIRE and UCLA

NSF INCLUDES Aspire Alliance (NSF Aspire Alliance) and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) teamed up to conduct a two-day facilitator training workshop for faculty, instructors, staff, or administrators designed to increase the capacity for research mentor trainings offered at colleges and universities, research institutes, and governmental organizations. The workshop will be held at UCLA on September 13-14, 2019. Participants will focus on learning how to facilitate the Entering Mentoring curriculum, which is designed for the mentors of undergraduate and graduate students in STEM.

Registration fees for this event are subsidized by NSF Aspire and UCLA. Participants are responsible for their own travel, meals, and lodging. The organizers have secured a block of hotel rooms at a reduced rate and will share more information with accepted applicants.

More information including registration link on the workshop can be found here.


ASPIRE Alliance

CIRTL-UTA is part of the national Aspire Alliance, a new program designed to diversify STEM faculty in higher education and improve their ability to be effective teachers. Aspire is funded by the National Science Foundation’s INCLUDES program (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science).  The goal of the Aspire Alliance is to improve participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM education. An important component of the ASPIRE Alliance is to provide professional development for Ph.D. students who want to become teachers at community colleges. Community colleges are where many underrepresented minority students in STEM start their path through higher education.

CIRTL-UTA is now providing support and professional development for graduate students who want to become STEM teachers at community colleges. We work in partnership with Tarrant County College (TCC) to encourage PhD students to consider teaching science and mathematics courses at community colleges.

As part of this project CIRTL-UTA will provide workshops on faculty careers at community colleges, and classroom visits for graduate students, to see what classes are actually like at TCC. The program will also support some of the UTA doctoral students to do a longer teaching practicum at TCC under the guidance of mentor teachers. Similar programs are being conducted at UT Tyler, UT El Paso, UCLA and Iowa State University.

The Aspire Alliance is a consortium of the national CIRTL Network, and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), North America's oldest higher education association. UTA is a member of both organizations.

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