2022 TEA Summit

Higher education institutions have been searching for ways to improve STEM education. A collaborative team from UC Irvine, San Jose State University, and Cal Poly Pomona established a cohort-based faculty development program in Summer 2021, the Teaching Experiment Academy (TEA). The goal is to assist faculty in redesigning the STEM curriculum with the components of mastery learning structure and specifications grading system to enhance the student learning experience and increase their inner growth mindset.

35 faculty who redesigned their STEM courses after participating in the academy will share their journey from curriculum redesign to implementing the new grading system in teaching. Come and explore how these faculty teach with mastery specifications grading and the impact of student learning outcomes generated by this new pedagogy.

Many thanks to the California Learning Lab and UC Irvine’s Office of VP for Teaching and Learning for sponsoring the TEA program.

When & Where:

April 28th – 29th, 2022
10AM to 2PM PT,
Online

Featured Speakers

Renée Link

Renée Link

Professor of Teaching

Department of Chemistry
UC Irvine

Renée Link is a Professor of Teaching in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) who designs, manages and teaches the organic chemistry lab courses taken by over 1,000 UCI students each year…

Robert Talbert

Robert Talbert

Professor

Department of Mathematics
Grand Valley State University

Robert Talbert is a Professor of Mathematics and Presidential Fellow for the Advancement of Learning at Grand Valley State University. He is the author of Flipped Learning: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty and co-author of…

Alison Baski

Alison Baski

Dean of Science and Interim Dean of Engineering

Cal Poly Pomona

Dean Baski has an extensive record of excellence as an academic leader, administrator, researcher, and educator. She came to Cal Poly Pomona in 2016 to serve as Dean in the College of Science, where she leads more than 330 faculty…

Summit Event Schedule

Day 1: April 28th

10 AM – 2PM PT

Day 2: April 29th

10 AM – 2PM PT

April 28th, 2022

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10:00am – 10:45am

Keynote Presentation: Finding Sustainable Approaches to Teaching with Intention

Presenter: Renée Link, Professor of Teaching, Department of Chemistry, UC Irvine

We will explore how to approach STEM teaching with intentionality while making practical choices for us, our teaching team, and our students.

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11:00am – 11:45am

Faculty Innovation showcase

Faculty from Chemistry, Computer science, Physics and Engineering will demonstrate how they implement mastery learning and specifications grading in teaching to improve the STEM learning experience.

Group 1

Alfredo Freites
Lecturer
Chemistry, UCI

Irene Gassko
Lecturer
Comp Sci, UCI

Rachel Martin
Professor
Chemistry, UCI

Group 2

David Kirkby
Professor
Physics, UCI

Michael Ratz
Professor
Physics, UCI

Laura Tucker
Asst. Professor
Physics, UCI

Group 3

Gerasimos Kontos
Visiting Professor
Engineering, SJSU

Kaikai Liu
Assoc. Professor
Engineering, SJSU

Yazdan Pedram Razi
Adjunct Professor
Engineering, SJSU

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12:00pm – 12:45pm

Round Table Discussion

Faculty-led peer discussion on supporting students and enhancing STEM education. Share your vision and discuss the possibilities of future STEM learning environments with your peers.

Peer Coach Facilitators:

  • Maria Chierichetti, Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering, SJSU
  • Magdalini Eirinaki, Professor and Associate Chair in Computer Engineering, SJSU
  • Renée Link, Professor of Teaching, Department of Chemistry, UC Irvine
  • Steve Mang, Assistant Professor of Teaching in Chemistry, UC Irvine
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1:00pm – 1:45pm

Faculty Innovation showcase

Faculty from Biology, Mathematics, Meteorology, Physics, Statistics, and Engineering will demonstrate how they implement mastery learning and specifications grading in teaching to improve the STEM learning experience.

Group 4

Veronica Berrocal
Assoc. Professor
Statistics, UCI

Christopher Davis
Assoc. Professor
Mathematics, UCI

Berit Givens
Department Chair
Mathematics, CPP

Group 5

Greg Placencia
Asst. Professor
Engineering, CPP

Mahima A. Suresh
Asst. Professor
Engineering, SJSU

Group 6

Jodie Clark
Lecturer
Meteorology, SJSU

Franklin Dollar
Assoc. Professor
Physics, UCI

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1:45pm – 2:00pm

Closing Remarks

Presenter: Alison Baski, Dean of Science and Interim Dean of Engineering, Cal Poly Pomona

Alison Baski, the Dean of Science and Interim Dean of Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona, will address today’s STEM education at the end of the first day of the TEA summit.

April 29th, 2022

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10:00am – 10:45am

Keynote Presentation: Three Grand Challenges For STEM Education

Presenter: Robert Talbert, Professor of Mathematics, Grand Valley State University

Professor Talbert will discuss the three “grand challenges” for undergraduate STEM education posed as opportunities to change the way subjects are taught to better serve learners and situate them for the years ahead.

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11:00am – 11:45am

Faculty Innovation showcase

Faculty from Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering will demonstrate how they implement mastery learning and specifications grading in teaching to improve the STEM learning experience.

Group 7

Aimee Edinger
Professor
Biology, UCI

Celia Faiola
Asst. Professor
Biology, UCI

Igor Tyukhov
Adjunct Professor
Engineering, SJSU

Group 8

Brian Andrade
Adjunct Professor
Engineering, SJSU

Tony Pan
Lecturer
Engineering, SJSU

Shreeyukta Singh
Lecturer
Chemistry, SJSU

Group 9

Michelle Digman
Assoc. Professor
Engineering, UCI

Patrick Hong
Lecturer
Engineering, UCI

David Wagner
Asst. Professor
Engineering, SJSU

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12:00pm – 12:45pm

Round Table Discussion

Faculty-led peer discussion on supporting students and enhancing STEM education. Share your vision and discuss the possibilities of future STEM learning environments with your peers.

Peer Coach Facilitators:

  • William Howitz, Instructor and Organic Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator, Georgia Tech
  • Kate McKnelly, Lecturer in Chemistry, Emory University
  • Nikos Mourtos, Professor and Chair in Aerospace Engineering, SJSU
  • Laura Sullivan-Green, Associate Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering, SJSU
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1:00pm – 1:45pm

Faculty Innovation showcase

Faculty from Computer Science, Mathematics, and Engineering will demonstrate how they implement mastery learning and specifications grading in teaching to improve the STEM learning experience.

Group 10

Carlos Rojas
Asst. Professor
Engineering, SJSU

Navrati Saxena
Asst. Professor
Comp. Sci., SJSU

Mike Wu
Asst. Professor
Comp. Sci., SJSU

Group 11

Burford Furman
Professor
Engineering, SJSU

Karina Novoa
Lecturer
Mathematics, CPP

Mojtaba Sharifi
Asst. Professor
Engineering, SJSU

Group 12

Natascha Buswell
Asst. Professor
Engineering, UCI

David Copp
Asst. Professor
Engineering, UCI

Jon-Erik Tateri
Lecturer
Engineering, UCI

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1:45pm – 2:00pm

Peer Reflective Discussion

Join a reflective discussion and share new learnings and teaching ideas to recap the two-day summit experience.