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100: Higher Education: Fixing the Leaky Pipeline [clear filter]
Tuesday, June 18


Session 101: Overhauling Teacher Prep to Improve K-12 STEM Instruction

At numerous colleges and universities, schools of education are scrambling to develop more effective methods of training new teachers and to draw more prospective teachers into STEM fields, an effort that takes on new urgency as the Common Core State Standards are implemented. The UTeach program developed at the University of Texas-Austin is in 34 universities so far and is proving very successful at attracting teacher candidates and providing both deep content knowledge and intensive field experience. And in a new report, the American Federation of Teachers suggests creating something akin to a comprehensive legal bar exam for aspiring teachers to assess their competency in educational knowledge and classroom performance. This session will explore what changes are needed in STEM teacher ed at the undergraduate and graduate levels and identify models of math and science instruction that hold promise.


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Virginia B. Edwards

Editor-in-Chief, Education Week
As president of Editorial Projects in Education, Virginia B. Edwards oversees the nearly 90-person, $14.5 million-a-year nonprofit corporation that publishes Education Week and edweek.org.  She has held the post since 1997. Ms. Edwards has been the editor-in-chief of Education Week... Read More →

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Robert J. Denson

President, Des Moines Area Community College
Rob Denson was appointed the 4th President of Des Moines Area Community College on November 1, 2003.  He grew up on a farm near Homestead, Iowa, south of the Amana Colonies and graduated from high school in Marengo, Iowa.  He is the first native born Iowan to be President of DMACC. DMACC... Read More →
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Charles Coble, Ed.D.

Co-Director, Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
Charles R. Coble: Co-founder & Partner Teacher Preparation Analytics and co-director of the Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative with APLU in DC.  Dr. Coble was Professor of Science Education for 23 years and dean for 13 years of the School of Education at East Carolina University... Read More →
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Jill A. Marshall, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Science and Mathematics Education, University of Texas at Austin, Co-Director, UTeach
Dr. Jill A. Marshall is an associate professor in STEM Education at the University of Texas. She studies how people come to understand and engineer the physical world, how teachers can facilitate that process, and how the outcomes can be assessed. She is Interim Co-Director of the... Read More →
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Jennifer Drake, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Indianapolis
Jennifer Drake is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences , Professor of English and Founding Director of the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program at the University of Indianapolis.   She earned her B.A. from Brown University in 1987 and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 9:45am - 10:45am
Ballroom C


Session 102: STEM Majors: Making Those First Two Years Count

It’s no secret that the first two years of college are the most crucial for STEM degree attainment. Numerous colleges and universities and several major organizations have introduced initiatives to identify what works best in undergraduate STEM teaching, particularly during the first two years of college. Instructional techniques that show promise include discovery-based interactive and team learning rather than lectures and more of a focus on problem solving. The learning-assistant model of instruction, in which upperclassmen guide younger students; experiential learning; and a commitment to undergraduate research are other methods being introduced or widely used. In addition, because math is such a foundational STEM ability, and one that is lacking in so many high school graduates, it’s especially key to get the teaching of it right. This session will explore what strategies successfully turn two years of a STEM major into four–or more.

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Stacey M DelVecchio

Product Development & Global Technology, Caterpillar, President-Elect, Society of Women Engineers
As a manager for Caterpillar Inc., Stacey DelVecchio leads an engineering pipeline transformation project to ensure the best engineering talent is available to meet enterprise needs. She is also responsible for the engagement strategy with professional external organizations, as well... Read More →

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Phillip J. Cornwell, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Dr. Cornwell is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. As chief academic officer he is responsible for all academic programs, faculty recruitment, promotion, retention, and accreditation.  Dr. Cornwell... Read More →
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Oscar F. Porter, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), University of California
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Mitzi M. Montoya, Ph.D.

Vice Provost and Dean, Arizona State University College of Technology and Innovation, Mesa
Mitzi M. Montoya is Vice Provost of the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus and Dean of the College of Technology & Innovation. She received her Ph.D. in Marketing and Statistics and a B.S. in Applied Engineering Science, both from Michigan State University. Dr. Montoya... Read More →
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Eric Stade, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics & Director, Center for STEM Learning, University of Colorado, Boulder
Dr. Eric Stade is Professor of Mathematics and President’s Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado Boulder.  He grew up in New York City, and received his BA, MA, and PhD in Mathematics from Columbia University. Dr. Stade is one of the founding Directors of UC Boulder’s... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ballroom C


Session 103: Bringing—and Keeping—Women in the Fold on Campus

The glaring gender gap in STEM disciplines has been tackled with great success at a number of colleges and universities that have made key changes. This session will look at the research on what creates the gap and what reverses it: actively recruiting women, transforming the traditional macho “only the strong will survive” culture of science and engineering departments into one of developing and supporting talent, introducing the notion of using technical skills for humanitarian problem solving early in the curriculum, and intensively training prospective women engineers in spatial skills. This panel will explore the current landscape for women in STEM in the halls of higher academia, how it’s changing, and what policies and programs are proving to be most effective.


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Tricia Berry

Director, Women in Engineering Program, Cockrell School of Engineering
Named one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector at the 2012 US News STEM Solutions Summit, Tricia Berry leads efforts to connect those working to advance gender equity in STEM fields. As Texas Girls Collaborative Project Director, she leads the dissemination of STEM resources... Read More →

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Leah H. Jamieson

John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, Purdue University
Leah Jamieson is the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering at Purdue University, Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and holds a courtesy appointment in Purdue’s School of Engineering Education. She is co-founder and past director of the EPICS... Read More →
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Bevlee A. Watford, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor, Engineering Education; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Director, Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity
Dr. Bevlee A. Watford, P.E. is a Professor of Engineering Education, associate dean for academic affairs and the Founding Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity for the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.  She received her B.S. in Mining Engineering... Read More →
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Maria Klawe, Ph.D.

President, Harvey Mudd College
Maria Klawe began her tenure as Harvey Mudd College’s first female president in 2006. Prior to joining HMC, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. Klawe joined Princeton from the University of British Columbia where she served... Read More →
avatar for Linda P.B. Katehi, Ph.D.

Linda P.B. Katehi, Ph.D.

Chancellor, University of California–Davis
Linda Katehi, Chancellor, University of California, Davis. Katehi holds UC Davis faculty appointments in electrical and computer engineering and women and gender studies. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, she chaired until 2010 the President’s Committee for the National... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Ballroom C