It is becoming ever clearer that new and innovative educational efforts are required to facilitate the greater creativity, flexibility, and increased learning capability needed for post-secondary education in the future. Unfortunately, rapidly rising undergraduate fees and textbook costs are serious factors impeding access to higher education for many students; many of which do not have the funds to benefits from these new advances that are often commercialized.
“Connecting the Dots: Using Social Network Analysis in STEM Higher Education”
Social networks are the relationships among different entities and are studied in many disciplines. This talk provides an overview of social networks including theory and data collection, as well as a discussion of 3 different studies I conducted using social network analysis: a study on faculty teaching discussion networks, a study on graduate student networks, and a study on undergraduate learning community networks. For each study, I will discuss how these results could be used beyond simply describing these networks.
The focus of this presentation is to examine the effect legitimate experiences such as those found in undergraduate research or the PHYS 170 laboratory here at MSU have on a student’s views of doing physics and their place within their physics and science related communities of practice. The presentation will make a case for why it is important to offer the opportunity for students to obtain a greater amount of legitimate experiences during their undergraduate science careers.
Despite headlines to the contrary, sexual harassment is both a far-reaching and longstanding problem in academia. In the past year alone, sexual harassment perpetrated by a US professor, dean, or university president has been documented at least once a week. This talk will review existing research on academic sexual harassment as well as insights gleaned from an analysis of nearly 500 cases documented in media reports, legal briefs, and university documents.