EDUCATION SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The Science and Engineering Education Scholars Program (SEESP)
is a one-week summer workshop for graduate engineering students
who wish to become tenure-track faculty as well as new engineering
faculty. Held for the first time July 16-21, 1996, the program has
funding for three years from the National Science Foundation. Twenty-eight
graduate students from twenty-four institutions, three new faculty,
forty UW faculty, and ten consultants participated. July 7-12, 1997
is the next program.
Given the need for curricular and pedagogical reform in engineering
and given the high attrition rates of students in engineering, EESP
focuses national on engineering graduate students and new faculty,
especially women and minorities, interested in pursuing an academic
career, Teams of local, on-campus and outside experts were responsible
program content that integrates research and teaching,
program evaluation and assessment to insure the highest possible
program quality, and
program transition from a dependency on outside experts to a reliance
on local experts.
The innovative, three-year program will evolve into a UW-Madison
sponsored program in collaboration with engineering education coalition
schools. Our program has these major components:
workshops for content knowledge about teaching and learning plus
hands-on application and a reflective approach,
collaborative, cross-disciplinary teams of participants as well
as local and outside experts,
networking strategies to build collaborative faculty teams at home
a transition plan to move from outside experts to local expect teams,
evaluation, adaptation, and dissemination.
NSF funding is $300,000 over three years.