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Faculty-Student Communities for Improving STEM Instruction

The Faculty-Student Communities Initiative is a comprehensive effort to support student-centered instructional change across the College of Science and Engineering at Texas State University. This five-year initiative is officially launching in 2020 and will consist of four programmatic components that provide STEM faculty and students with opportunities to engage in workshops, departmental self-assessments, redesign of lower-division gateway courses, and project-level decision making. Participating STEM departments will receive multifaceted intellectual, material, and logistical supports to empower faculty-student teams in developing sustainable communities focused on culturally relevant instruction. The initiative will also involve three research strands that focus on communities among faculty and students, STEM student trajectories at Texas State, and student graduation rates and STEM workforce outcomes for Texas State and other Hispanic Serving Institutions.

Are you a faculty member in CoSE?

This project is focused on supporting you and your students. Each of the four programmatic components are designed to help you build community with your students and peers, learn more about your students' experiences, and become more engaged in improving instruction within your department.

If you are interested in becoming involved, we encourage you to come to our workshops and other project events starting in Spring and Summer 2020. At these events, we will provide instructional resources, create space for you to discuss ongoing instructional challenges with us and your peers, and listen to your ideas about possible paths forward. Starting in Fall 2020, we will also consult with groups of faculty who are interested in exploring potential improvements to specific STEM courses, and collect student data to inform these improvements. To learn more about the programmatic activities, please visit our project resources page. For information about our upcoming events, click here.


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To learn more about our project team, click here

NSF Information

This project is supported by funding from NSF #1928696. For more information about the award, click here.

If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact 512.245.7916 at least 72 hours in advance of an event. Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus. Sponsored by the Honors College and The Common Experience.