Preparing future faculty to effectively teach diverse student audiences at the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning


Judith N. Burstyn,, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1101 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706, Nilhan Gunasekera,, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Rock County, and Folahan O. Ayorinde,, Department of Chemistry, Howard University, Washington, DC 20059.
The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) creates programs at research universities to develop future faculty who are forefront researchers and excellent teachers. CIRTL programs are structured around three themes: Teaching-as-Research, Learning Community, and Learning-through-Diversity, which provide the foundations for developing excellence in teaching. CIRTL created the Diversity Institute whose charge was to synthesize the research literature around diversity issues in STEM higher education, and to translate this synthesis into products that would be easily accessible and effective. This session will introduce the Diversity Institute resource materials, describe the processes that were employed in their development, and illustrate how they may be used to promote future faculty professional development. The example of the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Education Scholars program, offered for a cross-generational group of graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and junior faculty will illustrate how the resources may be used.