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InTeGrate 2017 Faculty Mentoring Network
Spring 2017


Are you interested in adopting interdisciplinary modules that address sustainability and climate change? Apply now to join us for the 2017 InTeGrate Faculty Mentoring Network.


Participants will focus on how to use data-driven modules designed by the InTeGrate Project in undergraduate biology courses. Accepted applicants will participate in virtual sessions (including the January 2017 kick-off event) and then continue to collaborate and receive mentoring online as they customize and implement activities in their own classrooms. There are no costs to participate and faculty contributing instructor stories about their use of the materials will receive $500 stipends. 


Dates & Location: The 2-hour virtual kick-off workshop will take place on in mid-January (date and time TBD). The faculty mentoring network will continue online to support the customization and implementation of activities in your course during the Spring 2017 semester.  Interested participants will also have the opportunity to share their results at the Earth Educators Rendezvous in Albuquerque, NM in July 2017.


Description: InTeGrate (http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/) is joining forces with QUBES (http://qubeshub.org) to work with biology faculty who are interested in field testing existing interdisciplinary curriculum modules that focus on sustainability and climate change. The InTeGrate modules were developed by interdisciplinary teams of faculty from diverse higher educational settings. All modules address Earth-related grand challenges that face society and are designed to develop student ability to address interdisciplinary problems related to sustainability. The InTeGrate suite of high-quality, hands-on, data-driven educational modules is suitable for use in a variety of undergraduate classrooms. Participating teachers will be encouraged to mix and match parts of modules and customize them for use in their classrooms. Here is a sample of what you will find at the InTeGrate website:

  1. Environmental Justice and Fresh Water - This module enables students to identify the freshwater components of the hydrologic cycle and connect them to the basic need of all human beings for equal access to clean freshwater. More information at http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/freshwater/

  2. Interactions between Water, Earth’s Surface, and Human Activity - This module focuses on water and its importance to humans using Google Earth images of stream profiles in different climates, and with real river flooding data sets.More information at http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/energy_and_processes/

  3. Map Your Hazards - This interdisciplinary module allows students to understand societal impacts that result from natural hazards and gain insight into how our knowledge and perspectives of the world shape how we interact with it. More information at http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/map_hazards/

  4. Climate of Change - In this module students explore short-term climate variability resulting from atmosphere-ocean-ice interactions. More information at http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/climate_change/

  5. Natural Hazards and Risks - This module explores how hurricanes connect the ocean-atmosphere-terrestrial systems and society by having students evaluate how hurricane hazards and risks have changed with coastal development. More information at http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/hazards/

  6. A Growing Concern (plants and biomes) - This module addresses agricultural productivity by provides students the opportunity to examine the differences between intensively managed agricultural landscapes (e.g. grazelands, conventional tillage) and "natural" landscapes (forested or prairie). More information at http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/sustain_agriculture/



Jennifer Hanselman, Department of Biology, Westfield State University



To qualify, participants must be willing to incorporate InTeGrate materials into at least three class periods (or equivalent) in their teaching during the Spring 2017 semester. Participants must also be able to commit ~1 hour per week for working with mentors and collaborating with other participants around the customization and implementation of the teaching materials. Additional time outside of these discussions may be required for independent work on adapting and reviewing modules. Faculty who use InTeGrate materials and submit an instructor story reporting on their implementation will receive a $500 stipend.


More Information and Questions:

Additional information about the InTeGrate project and this Faculty Mentoring Network is available at https://qubeshub.org/groups/integrate. To view the products of previous InTeGrate and QUBES Faculty Mentoring Networks, visit the InTeGrate website!

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Gaby Hamerlinck at gaby.hamerlinck@bioquest.org  or Jennifer Hanselman at jhanselman@westfield.ma.edu