Recently, in a blog post “Undergraduate Research Grants” I mentioned that Dan McCollum and I were awarded an Undergraduate Research and Discovery Grant that was offered through the UW System. The grant proposal consisted of four key ideas that will positively impact both faculty and students Continue reading URSCA: What’s the Big Idea?
Recently I had the opportunity to attend a Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Workshop on integrating undergraduate research into faculty workload and tenure and promotion guidelines. You may wonder, why would the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning be interested in this topic? Continue reading Finding the right fit: integrating URSCA
WiSCUR: The Wisconsin Council on Undergraduate Research
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I would be attending a Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Summit in Washington, D. C. to learn with individuals from several other State Systems and Consortia about how best to institutionalize undergraduate research. I, along with the representatives of the other UW System schools, was delighted to meet with individuals from campuses across the following Systems/Consortia: the California State University System, the City University of New York, the Council on Pubic Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA), as well as from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. As you can see, there were a variety of types of schools (large, small, public, private, etc.) that joined in the discussion about how to strategically foster undergraduate research on our campuses. Continue reading Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Summit
The Importance of URSCA on Campus
While the term “URSCA” might not be a familiar term, many faculty know the importance of undergraduate research in their teaching and learning (and often scholarship!) endeavors. The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) recognizes this as well. CUR is a national organization based in Washington D.C., that has a mission to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. Continue reading The Importance of Research on Campus
I was sitting down with my undergraduate research assistants today to discuss current data we needed to analyze and it became amazing that there were some very interesting trend emerging. We didn’t get the entire analysis complete, but we got a nice start to it. Luckily I didn’t have to sigh after they left and wonder when I will next get to working on that project…I already know: Thursday at 9am at our Encouraging Writing Group. Continue reading Have you written lately?
When I first became involved in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) as a UWGB Teaching Scholar in 2004, and then again as a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow in 2006, I had certain doubts. At an early Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars meeting, I jotted down a list of several questions I had about SoTL Continue reading SoTL — Wisconsin Style