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American Society for Microbiology Selects FGCU Professor to Scholars-in-Residence Program
3/20/2006

FORT MYERS, FL - The American Society for Microbiology this month selected Florida Gulf Coast University professor of microbiology Clifford Renk to be one of only 16 participants in the 2006-07 Scholars-in-Residence Program which is designed to advance scholarly teaching by developing faculties' ability to conduct evidence-based research in microbiology learning.

The yearlong residency program takes advantage of access to and mentoring from six Carnegie Scholars. The program begins with a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Summer Workshop in Washington, D.C. in July.

"This honor will allow me to explore teaching and learning styles in microbiology at FGCU," Renk said.

"With the rapid growth of the University, we are utilizing various teaching methods. One such plan we hope to investigate is to determine if the 'scale-up' method of instruction is adaptable for teaching microbiology. By comparing scale-up with other delivery methods we hope to identify the most effective teaching style that is suitable for our students at FGCU."

At the end of residency, participants are able to develop a hypothesis to explore student learning in microbiology, design an experiment using their classes to test the hypothesis, identify existing resources regularly used to assess student learning, understand methods of collecting and interpreting data used to measure student learning, understand Institutional Review Board, or IRB, requirements for conducting research on students, and identify appropriate venues for publishing their research.

The American Society for Microbiology, www.asm.org, is one of the largest scientific organizations in the world with over 42,000 members.

For more information, media representatives should contact Renk at (239) 590-7482 or crenk@fgcu.edu.

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