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Whitaker Center

Whitaker Center

SPARCT Program



SPARCT (STEM Professional Academy to Reinvigorate the Culture of Teaching) is evolving into a monthly faculty learning community with regular programming.

Fall 2016 Meetings

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 10AM, LIB212

Speaker: Ludy Goodson, "Examining Levels of Learning"


Monday, October 24, 4:15PM, LIB212

Learn about each other's STEM SoTL projects


November Meeting: Tuesday, November 15, 10:00AM, LIB212

Speaker: Dr. Laura Regassa, "Publishing your SoTL Research"



SPARCT began as an NSF grant-funded initiative through the Whitaker Center for STEM Education.

The Major Goals of SPARCT are

(1) Enhanced scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) by SPARCT faculty.

(2) Improvement of evidence-based practices targeting the introductory STEM classroom.

(3) Development of long-term FLCs in STEM instruction.

(4) Development of professional peer-observation strategies for the STEM classroom.

(5) Enhanced student learning in introductory STEM courses as a result of SPARCT faculty development.




SPARCT 2015 Participants



Learn more about the SPARCT Program and how it might be adapted to your institution through our reports.


Results Y1 (2014)

NSF-Report Year 1

NSF-Report Year 2

NSF-Report Year 3

List of Presentations and Publications generated through the project

Evaluator's Reports Years 1 and 2





This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under DUE-WIDER Grant No. 1347640.