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Welcome to the Whitaker Center


The Whitaker Center for STEM Education, [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] is a collaboration of faculty, staff, and students from Florida Gulf Coast University who are committed to improving the delivery and content of STEM across all levels.

Our efforts support university faculty, graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants, K-12 educators, and community organizations interested in the advancement of STEM education for the benefit of society. The Center also fosters the scholarship of STEM education and supports efforts that advance pedagogy – scholarship shared with a nationwide audience through educational research, publication, and presentation at national conferences.


Thinking about starting out your class period with a review lecture? Read what Nobelaureate Carl Weiman thinks.

Find our more about the STEM Tour events 

PNAS publishes the largest most comprehensive meta-analysis of undergraduate STEM Education shows active learning methods are preferred.

Increasing Persistance of College Students in STEM

Read a recent article in Science by Dr. Mark Graham, one of our past STEMinar speakers, about how evidence-based frameworks serve to increase persistance of STEM majors at the college level. For PDF click here.


Contact the Whitaker Center:
Kendra Carboneau Executive Secretary: Whitaker Hall 225 Phone: (239) 590-7444

Mary Susan "Susie" Cull Senior Secretary: Whitaker Hall 225 Phone (239) 590-4421

Laura Frost, Ph.D., Director Professor of Chemistry (CV) Office : Whitaker Hall 223 Phone: 239 590-1434

Upcoming Events

Whitaker Center

Upcoming Events

Cognitive Scientist

Dr. Mark McDaniel

Washington U., St. Louis

Make it Stick: Further Explorations with the Author

December 3, 2015

Lutgert Hall 2201, 3:30-4:30PM

Click here for the flyer!


STEM Undergraduate Research and Internship Symposium

December 4, 2015

Oral Sessions: 2:30-3:30PM, AB7114

Special Alumni Speaker: Spencer Adams 3:30-4:00 AB7114

Poster Sessions: 4:00-6:00PM, 1st Floor Whitaker Hall

Click here for the flyer!


STEMinar: The Modern Physics Professor’s Teaching Toolkit

December 4, 2015

Timothy F. Slater, University of Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair of Science Education


Introduction to POGIL workshop

Feb. 18, 2016 2-5PM, LIB 212

Registration for FGCU faculty is free 

Click on POGIL to register!





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