Seeking faculty to participate in new course redesign program

The Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning is seeking faculty to participate in a new course redesign program, called Project REAL.

Project REAL (Redesigning for Equity and Advancing Learning) has been funded by the Office of the Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.

The 2021 Summer cohort of 12–15 faculty will run from June 21 to July 23. Participants will receive $5,000 in Summer funds. CITL is particularly seeking interested faculty teaching gateway or critical major pathway courses in any STEM field.

Developed by CITL in partnership with Hispanic-Serving Institution Initiatives, Institutional Research, Assessment and Policy Studies, and selected STEM faculty, Project REAL is designed to provide faculty with a research-based program to engage in comprehensive equity-minded course redesign to improve teaching and learning and contribute to equitable outcomes for students at UC Santa Cruz. The time commitment is approximately 8–10 hours per week for five weeks.

  • Facilitated and closely supported opportunity to redesign a course. Facilitators for 2020–21 are Robin Dunkin, Nandini Bhattacharya, and Noori Chai.
  • For key courses in the undergraduate curriculum–beginning with STEM “gateway” courses known to be barriers to student persistence in STEM majors.
  • Opportunity for individual faculty or for cohorts of faculty who participate as a team to make connections between sequential courses and/or address curricular coherence within and across major pathways. Teams of faculty could be those who teach the same course or those who teach courses in a fixed sequence within the major.

Applications for individuals and teams are due by 10 am on May 3, 2021. The application should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. More information is available online.