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Whitaker Center

Whitaker Center

SPARCT Program


SPARCT logo Now Accepting Applications for the 2017 May SPARCT Academy!

SPARCT (STEM Professional Academy to Reinvigorate the Culture of Teaching) is at its heart at program for STEM faculty to improve the delivery of evidence-based practices in the Introductory STEM classroom, while enhancing student learning, a learning community among STEM faculty, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). 

Who can apply?

Faculty who identify as STEM faculty are welcome to apply regardless of employment status (adjuncts, visiting, instructors, etc.). Preference may be given to STEM faculty teaching introductory STEM courses.

May SPARCT Academy Dates: Afternoons 12:30-4:30PM May 16, 18, 23,25, 2017.

Applications will be accepted until April 3, 2017. Apply!

Questions? Contact Laura Frost.



Monday, February 13, 1:30-4:30PM, HE330

TAA Writing Workshop with Dr. Kathleen King, UCF

“Advance Your Academic Writing Skills and Publishing Record: Tips, Tricks and the Secret Sauce”

Co-sponsored with the Lucas Center, all faculty welcome.


Monday, Feb. 20, 9:30-10:30, LIB212

Jackie Greene and Bill Reynolds

Qualitative Analysis: What should we do with all that survey data?


Wednesday, March 1, 3:30-4:30, MAR 200

STEMinar, Dr. Amanda Diekman, Dept. of Psychology, Miami University

Broadening perspectives to broaden participation: Challenges and opportunities of STEM stereotypes


Team-Based Learning Workshops with Dr. Wayne McCormack, UF

Thursday, March 23, 1:30-4:00PM, 2-5PM, LIB212 "TBL Introduction"

Friday, March 24, 8:30-11:00AM, 11-1:15PM, LIB212 "TBL Activity Writing Tips"

Co-sponsored with the Lucas Center, all faculty welcome.


Wednesday, March 29, 3:30-4:30 MAR200

STEMinar, Dr. Diane Ebert-May, Michigan State University, Dept. of Plant Biology


 Wednesday, April 5, 10:30-11:30, LIB212

Teaching discussion on projects, programming and other items for discussion


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.


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

Year 1

Year 2


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