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Gildehaus, Lori; Cotter, Paul; Buck, Sharon; Sousa, Marsha; Hueffer, Karsten; Reynolds, Arleigh – Innovative Higher Education, 2019
As a pilot intervention strategy to support undergraduate students, especially rural and Alaska Native students who are pursuing biomedical science research and career trajectories, we have developed a unique, mid-level Research, Advising, and Mentoring Professional (RAMP) position. In this article we outline the reasons for creating this…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Rural Schools, Alaska Natives, Biomedicine
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O'Connell, Marcia L.; Morrison, Janet A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
At many primarily undergraduate institutions, biology faculty members mentor student research collaborators. If publication is required for tenure and promotion, this research is expected to result in periodic publications; and publication rates are a common metric used to assess faculty productivity. However, we have uncovered a highly…
Descriptors: Biology, Molecular Biology, College Faculty, Science Instruction
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Baiduc, Rachael R.; Drane, Denise; Beitel, Greg J.; Flores, Luke C. – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
Undergraduate research experiences may increase persistence in STEM majors. We describe a research program that targets first-year students selected for their curiosity and attitudes towards science. We explain the implementation of the program over 3 years and present evaluation data using a group of matched controls. Participants and controls…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Student Research, Personality Traits, Student Attitudes
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Jackson, J. Kasi; Latimer, Melissa; Stoiko, Rachel – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
This study sought to understand predictors of faculty satisfaction with promotion and tenure processes and reasonableness of expectations in the context of a striving institution. The factors we investigated included discipline (high-consensus [science and math] vs. low-consensus [humanities and social sciences]); demographic variables; and…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Promotion, Tenure, Satisfaction
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Huenneke, Laura F.; Stearns, Diane M.; Martinez, Jesse D.; Laurila, Kelly – Innovative Higher Education, 2017
Universities are under pressure to increase external research funding, and some federal agencies offer programs to expand research capacity in certain kinds of institutions. However, conflicts within faculty roles and other aspects of university operations influence the effectiveness of particular strategies for increasing research activity. We…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Capacity Building, Universities, Medical Research
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Baiduc, Rachael R.; Linsenmeier, Robert A.; Ruggeri, Nancy – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
Today's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are tomorrow's new faculty members; but these junior academicians often receive limited pedagogical training. We describe four iterations of an entry-level program with a low time commitment, Mentored Discussions of Teaching (MDT). The…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teaching Skills, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Classroom Observation Techniques
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DeAngelo, Linda; Mason, Jessica; Winters, Dana – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
Faculty-student interaction is critical for quality undergraduate education. Faculty mentorship provides concrete benefits for students, faculty members, and institutions. However, little is known about the effect of institutional context on mentorship. Using data from interviews of 98 faculty at five different California State University…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Progress Monitoring, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship
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Fish, Marian C.; Gefen, Dalia R.; Kaczetow, Walter; Winograd, Greta; Futtersak-Goldberg, Rachel – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
One of the essential factors related to student success and satisfaction with a higher education experience is the college environment in which learning takes place. The purpose of this study was to develop a scale, the College Campus Environment Scale (CCES), to measure characteristics of college campus environments valued by students. A model…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Academic Achievement, Educational Experience, Campuses
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Morales, Erik E.; Ambrose-Roman, Sarah; Perez-Maldonado, Rosa – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
This study presents and assesses a developmental math focused peer mentoring program at a public urban university. Over three semesters 45 mentees participated in the program. Results include substantive increases in developmental pass rates as well as increases in self-efficacy and social integration. Other noteworthy findings include the…
Descriptors: Mentors, Peer Teaching, Public Colleges, Urban Schools
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Yun, Jung H.; Baldi, Brian; Sorcinelli, Mary Deane – Innovative Higher Education, 2016
In the beginning, "Mutual Mentoring" was little more than an idea, a hopeful vision of the future in which a new model of mentoring could serve as a medium to better support early-career and underrepresented faculty. Over time, Mutual Mentoring evolved from an innovative idea to an ambitious pilot program to a fully operational,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Mentors, Disproportionate Representation, College Faculty
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Damiani, Michelle L.; Harbour, Wendy S. – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
This study investigated the teaching experiences of graduate students with disabilities, using 12 semi-structured in-person and phone interviews. We selected participants using stratified random sampling representing diverse disabilities, degree programs, and regions of the United States. Findings suggest that students engage in complex…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Teaching Assistants, Disabilities, Investigations
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Thomas, Nicole; Bystydzienski, Jill; Desai, Anand – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
Higher education institutions often use mentoring to socialize faculty members into their academic disciplines and to retain them. Mentoring can also be used to change organizational culture to meet the needs of historically marginalized faculty members. In this article we focus on peer mentoring circles for women STEM faculty at a large,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, College Faculty, Women Faculty, Womens Studies
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Davis, Shannon N.; Jacobsen, Shannon K. – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
In the burgeoning literature on infusing undergraduate research and creative activities into the curriculum of research-intensive institutions, few studies have examined the perspectives of the faculty mentors who provide the individualized opportunities for students. Based on focus group data from 50 faculty mentors, we document faculty…
Descriptors: Barriers, Organizational Change, Educational Change, Teacher Attitudes
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Drouin, Michelle; Vartanian, Lesa Rae; Birk, Samantha – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
We examined the effectiveness of a community of practice (CoP) model for introducing tablets to 139 faculty members at a higher education institution. Using a CoP within a systems model, we used large- and small-group mentorship to foster collaboration among faculty members. Most faculty members agreed that the project was well organized and…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Models, College Faculty, Handheld Devices
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Tenenbaum, Laura S.; Anderson, Margery K.; Jett, Marti; Yourick, Debra L. – Innovative Higher Education, 2014
This study examined a novel mentoring model, "near-peer mentorship," that supports the development of mentee and mentor, incorporates established principles of mentoring, and offers unique opportunities to integrate research and teaching in a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) internship. Using qualitative methods,…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Innovation, Models, Mentors
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