AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010
One Goal, Many Ways, to
Support Undergraduate
Research
W...
AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010
Westminster
College Context
• Established 1852
• Liberal...
AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010
Evolution of Undergraduate Research
Support Structures
1...
AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010
Westminster College Capstone
“The final component of Lib...
AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010
Objectives of Capstone
For WC Capstone Courses
• Topical...
AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010
Timing of Capstone
For WC Capstone Courses
Fall
Senior Y...
AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010
Faculty Teaching Assignments
For WC Capstone Courses
• R...
AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010
Major Challenges
For Westminster Capstone Courses
• Facu...
AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010
Major Benefits
For WC Capstone Courses
• Students are mo...
AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010
Drinko Center for Excellence in
Teaching and Learning
• ...
AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010
6° of separation: One student’s story
Barbara McCandless, Prof. of Religion
Clifford & Vira Heinz, Foundation
Timothy Cuff, Assoc. Prof of History
3 Westminster...
AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010
Dr. Tim Cuff
• 2 co-authors, 3
conferences, 6
students, ...
AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010
Kaiti McConville -- Analyzing a Deficient Height
Sample ...
AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010
Outcomes
• Increase faculty involvement in CUR
– from 10...
AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010
Thanks! & Additional Resources
• All disciplines are sup...
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  • Established 1852
    Liberal Arts
    ~ 1600 Undergraduate Students
    41 Major Programs
    110 Full-time Faculty Members
  • Westminster College New Wilmington, PA

    1. 1. AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010 One Goal, Many Ways, to Support Undergraduate Research Westminster College New Wilmington, PA Sandra K. Webster Professor of Psychology Faculty Development Officer Terri Lenox Professor of Computer Science Director of Undergraduate Research
    2. 2. AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010 Westminster College Context • Established 1852 • Liberal Arts • ~ 1600 Undergraduate Students • 41 Major Programs • 110 Full-time Faculty Members
    3. 3. AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010 Evolution of Undergraduate Research Support Structures 1996 Liberal Studies- Senior Capstone instituted 2005 Revised capstone with emphasis on project + faculty development workshop 2006 Defined Undergraduate Research as a function of the new Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 2007 Focus group assessment of capstone revisions, URAC 2009 Expanded Undergraduate Research Celebration – Full day in 2011
    4. 4. AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010 Westminster College Capstone “The final component of Liberal Studies is a senior capstone course. The capstone is at least a four-semester-hour course within the major designed to provide an opportunity for students to evaluate and assess the strengths and limitations of their major field. Additionally, the capstone experience permits opportunity for structured reflection on the value of education in and beyond the major and provides another chance to strengthen communication and problem-solving skills.”
    5. 5. AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010 Objectives of Capstone For WC Capstone Courses • Topical Theme • Primary Readings in Discipline • Tools of Research in the Discipline • Project • Teamwork on Case Studies
    6. 6. AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010 Timing of Capstone For WC Capstone Courses Fall Senior Year Fall Junior Year Spring Junior Year Fall Senior Year Spring Senior Year Fall Senior Year Spring Senior Year Spring Senior Year Spring Junior Year Fall Senior Year
    7. 7. AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010 Faculty Teaching Assignments For WC Capstone Courses • Responsibility of single faculty member • Rotated through the faculty • Team taught • Involves majority of department
    8. 8. AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010 Major Challenges For Westminster Capstone Courses • Faculty workload issues • Faculty preparation issues • Presentation venues for student projects • Early skills development for students • Equipment and resources for student research • No room in major curriculum for capstone because of content requirements
    9. 9. AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010 Major Benefits For WC Capstone Courses • Students are more engaged, competent and independent. • Faculty are motivated to keep up in the current scholarship and model research for students. • Students are able to see how the research in the discipline relates to what they’ve learned inside and outside of their majors.
    10. 10. AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010 Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning • Undergraduate Research Support – Annual undergraduate research symposium – Undergraduate research grants – Undergraduate travel awards – Undergraduate research advisory council – Coming in 2011 undergraduate research and arts celebration day
    11. 11. AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010 6° of separation: One student’s story
    12. 12. Barbara McCandless, Prof. of Religion Clifford & Vira Heinz, Foundation Timothy Cuff, Assoc. Prof of History 3 Westminster students scour the National Guard archives Drs. Tim & Carolyn Cuff Kaitlyn McConville, Senior Math Major
    13. 13. AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010 Dr. Tim Cuff • 2 co-authors, 3 conferences, 6 students, 12,646 soldiers, and 1277 death certificates
    14. 14. AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010 Kaiti McConville -- Analyzing a Deficient Height Sample of Pennsylvanian National Guardsmen • Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, Jan. 29-31, University of Nebraska, Lincoln • CUR Posters at the Capital – PA, March 23 • National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), April 15 – 18, University of Montana, Missoula • Undergraduate Arts & Research Celebration, April 23 – 24, Westminster College
    15. 15. AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010 Outcomes • Increase faculty involvement in CUR – from 10 in 2008 to 25 in 2010 • Student increase student presentations at NCUR and other student conferences – NCUR increased from 5 in 2007 to 14 in 2010 – Westminster conference from 60 in 2007 to +90 in 2009 • Increase visibility of undergraduate research – 195 travel awards in past 4 years – 52 research awards in past 4 years • Strong positioning in the future strategic goals of the college through student engagement (experiential education) • Increase Faculty Conference presentations involving undergraduate co-authors – From 6 in Spring 2007 to 25 in Spring 2009
    16. 16. AACU – Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices March 25 – 27, 2010 Thanks! & Additional Resources • All disciplines are supported by these organizations (CUR and NCUR) have merged. – CUR, Council on Undergraduate Research – NCUR, National Conference on Undergraduate Research – National Survey of Student Engagement • For the Sciences – NSF REU, Research Experiences for Undergraduates – APA, American Psychological Association – Psy Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research – Society for the Teaching of Psychology E-Book, Developing, Promoting & Sustaining Undergraduate Research Experience in Psychology, R. L. Miller and R.F. Rycek (Eds.) – Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience For more information about this presentation contact Sandra K. Webster at websters@westminster.edu

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