Mobile Summer Institute

University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign
27 June – 30 June 2016

GOALS and EXPECTATIONS - The goal of the Summer Institutes for Undergraduate Education is to transform education at colleges and universities by improving classroom education and attracting and retaining more diverse students to science and research. We undertake to train faculty and instructional staff in a scientific approach to teaching that reflects the way we work as researchers. The theme for the Summer Institutes is “scientific teaching.” Participants learn practical strategies for enhancing student learning. The institutes model the scientific teaching principles of active learning, assessment, and diversity, which are integrated into all aspects of the week’s schedule. Activities include reflective writing, planning, reading, researching, discussing teaching methods and philosophy, interactive presentations, and developing teaching materials. By the end of an institute, participants will have observed, evaluated, and collected a portfolio of innovative teaching approaches and instructional materials that are ready to be adopted and adapted to their own teaching environments. Participants will be named 2016‐17 National Academies Education Fellows at the end of the institute.

In addition to developing teaching skills and materials, participants learn how to teach workshops and seminars about scientific teaching. Scientific teaching workshops can be used to foster dialog with faculty and instructional colleagues about teaching, to train TAs in teaching, and to enrich the graduate curriculum in teaching.


Additional information about the summer institutes is available through the National Academies Summer Institute site by clicking here.

For an in-depth discussion on the use of Summer Institutes to stimulate change in the approach to undergraduate science education, see: Pfund, C., Miller, S., Brenner, K., Bruns, P., Chang, A., Ebert-May, D., … Handelsman, J. (2009). Professional development. Summer institute to improve university science teaching. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5926), 470–1. doi:10.1126/science.1170015

Carla Cáceres, School of Integrative Biology ( )
Melissa Michael, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology ( )