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WIMS Teacher-Scholar Cohort
This page seeks to organize the notes/thoughts/suggestions of our WIMS teacher-scholar cohort. The original proposal
Objectives from Original Proposal
- make STEM more relevant and accessible for women and non-majors
- generate ideas on how to leverage the IQ Center to improve our pedagogy and research
While WIMS faculty understand the continuing–sometimes masked–challenges for women in science (who doesn't have a good story about that?), our students tend to be blissfully unaware. There are general issues on campus with women's hesitation to take on leadership positions.
- These issues aren't isolated to WIMS; they're pervasive throughout W&L culture. How can we make positive change across the campus?
- How to teach persistence/following through? There is a lot of failure and negative results in STEM. How do we teach that that is okay?
- Show examples of women in the field
- act as role models
- show there are different ways to be/do a scientist/mathematician
- how questions change with women's involvement
- more speakers - finding female speakers
- Rethink the problems we assign
- not the stereotypical “think pink” and make the problems more feminine, but …
- questions that are more interesting/relevant to a general audience, perhaps social implications …
- Change how participation happens in class
- allow more time for students to formulate an answer first before calling on someone or asking for volunteers to answer
- encourage female students to keep talking if they are cut off
- Involve male colleagues with these ideas/changes
- Use both one-on-one mentoring and group encouragement
- during one-on-one mentoring let students know that they're not alone in how they feel – give personal examples
- fight the “imposter syndrome”
- The HHMI grant has funds for course development and supplies for a new course or module that relates to STEM
- Emphasize transferable skills
- Discussion leader: Lynn Chin, Sociology – November 6
- Starting discussion:
- assigning roles
- size of teams
- leadership within the team
- sense of ownership
- defining expectations
Leadership Roundtable Discussion
- Invite panelists: Shana Levine, Nicolaas Rupke, Megan Schneider, and Jeffrey Shay
- Invite participants: students and faculty, with a (slight?) WIMS emphasis
- Starting questions:
- what is leadership?
- how do you develop leadership skills?
- how do you find leadership opportunities?
- how do faculty/upperclassmen help encourage/nurture leadership skills in students?