Professional Development Opportunity for Community College Faculty: Paid Summer Fellowship
The RET Summer Research Program is a nine-week experience that integrates individual hands-on research with team-based curriculum development to enable new research concepts to be introduced in community college classrooms in the context-based approach. Each summer, the Visiting Fellows completes an 8-week independent research project that has applications in a pre-defined technological area. The research is advised by a UC Berkeley engineering faculty, and mentored by postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students of the faculty’s research group. The Visiting Fellow also has a 1-week team-based curriculum development experience, in which both the research and curriculum experiences are placed in the context of a technological application that community college students are expected to find exciting, engaging and viable for a future career. Following the faculty’s summer experience, participants implement their course module at their community college and demonstrate their course module at the RET Site’s Context-Based Curriculum Development Workshop. This program is jointly funded by an NSF Site award and the Center for E3S.
Promoting classroom teaching of leading-edge science and engineering concepts in the context of real life applications as a means to excite and retain community college STEM students. For Science, Engineering & Mathematics Faculty and Instructors from California Bay Area Community Colleges.
Given the Center’s focus on creating a pipeline of community college students who pursue a baccalaureate degree in science and engineering, it is imperative for the Center to engage community college faculty. These teachers can further integrate E3S science and research findings into the community college curriculum and increase community college students’ awareness and knowledge of low-energy electronic devices.
Closely aligned with project-based learning and inquiry-based science education, the context-based approach is a pedagogical method that brings scientific concepts alive in the community college classroom by tying the teaching with applications that resonates with students. The context-based approach has been shown through assessments to enhance the students’ interest in STEM and has been applied successfully in college teaching, particularly to the teaching of chemistry. Empirical evidence has also shown that context-based education helps students see and appreciate more clearly the links between science and everyday lives. The context selected for this RET program is technology applications that offer societal benefits and have employment opportunity potential. The premise is that using such context will increase community college student engagement in STEM studies, thereby contributing to student persistence and eventually, improved retention rates of students in STEM.
- Context-based teaching and learning training
- Increased understanding of the skills students will need to succeed in today’s workforce
- Access to UC Berkeley faculty, students, postdocs, and campus resources
- Exposure to new technologies and practical applications of research
- $900/week for a five to eight scholarship period
- $1,000 stipend to implement new lecture/lab
- STEM Faculty or Instructor at a California Community College.
- Teaching courses in any of the following disciplines: electrical engineering, computer science, materials science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, or mathematics.
- Plan to teach a STEM course at a community college during 2020-2021 academic year.
- Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident to apply.
- In Summer 2020, the RET program will be limited to previous participants who would like to develop more curriculum content.
- Complete a five to eight week fellowship, working 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week during standard business hours.
- Apply context-based pedagogy to develop new curriculum for home institution(s).
- Implement new lecture or lab during 2020-2021 academic year.
- Complete program surveys to report impact of summer research experience.
2020 Program Dates
June 8 – August 7
To Apply for the 2020 Program:
- Submit an online application
- All application requirements must be fulfilled by January 24th in order to guarantee evaluation of your application. Applications received after this date will be reviewed only if space is remaining within the program. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
- 2020 RET Letter of Recommendation Form
- Notification of decisions is expected to be sent in late March; however, if you need to know prior to this date (due to teaching responsibilities, etc.) we will try to move up your notification date.
Research Experiences for Teachers Program
ATTN: Nicole McIntyre, Associate Director of Education, Center for E3S
University of California
266 Sutardja Dai Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1764
Phone: (510) 664-4882