July 15, 2022
Catalyzing Change: STEM Faculty as Change Agents
Posted by Laura Guertin
The journal New Directions For Community Colleges explores the research and evidence behind the trends in community colleges, informing policies and practices to satisfy the educational mission of 2YCs (two-year colleges) and to serve a dynamic student population. In Summer 2021, the SAGE 2YC program led a virtual writing workshop to bring community college instructors together to author manuscripts for New Directions in areas of their expertise and experiences as a 2YC instructor and/or campus leader. Thanks to the leadership of Heather Macdonald (William & Mary), Eric Baer (Highline College), Karen Layou (Reynolds Community College), and, Sharon Zuber (William & Mary, emerita), 15 articles were published by SAGE 2YC change agents in the Fall 2022 issue.
Although this issue was authored by 2YC faculty and intended for 2YC faculty and administrators, audiences at all institutions can benefit from reading about supporting student success, promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, and supporting career and academic pathways. The table of contents for this issue, Catalyzing Change: STEM Faculty as Change Agents, is available at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/15360733/2022/2022/199
As of the date of this blog post, the following articles are available open access (the remaining articles may be accessible if your institution has access to the Wiley Online Library):
- Diversity by design: Broadening participation through inclusive teaching
- Supporting students’ career development: A call to action
- Leadership journeys: Impacts of faculty professional development
- Power and potential: Engaging adjunct faculty as leaders and agents of change
- Better together: Using course outcome data and learning communities to foster institutional change
- Lessons from research and evaluation on faculty as change agents of teaching and campus reform
Congratulations to all of the authors in sharing their experiences and disseminating best practices so that we can all improve not only the teaching and learning environment for our students, but our own efforts to connect and collaborate across and between campuses/universities. May all faculty find a way and see themselves as change agents in their own settings.