Dr. Jeffrey Osborn, Dean of the School of Science at the College of New Jersey will visit the UT campus on March 29 & 30 to lead faculty workshops on including undergraduate research in the curriculum. The workshops entitled “Integrating Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity into the Curriculum” will be held Wednesday, March 29 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm or Thursday, March 30 from 9:40 am – 11:40 am.
Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) is a high-impact practice that benefits all students across demographic groups and academic disciplines. URSCA is a compelling way to combine the interests of faculty members to engage in scholarly work with the needs of students for challenging experiences that lead to substantial impacts on their learning and development. Yet URSCA opportunities are often optional and highly selective, missing the very students who could benefit most. Integrating research, scholarly, and creative experiences into the undergraduate curriculum in intentional ways can effectively address these concerns and provide all students with more equitable access to the benefits of URSCA. In this workshop, several models and examples of curricular integration will be discussed. This presentation will be followed by an interactive component for attendees to explore and share the opportunities and challenges from their own departmental and institutional contexts.
Information will also be provided on applying for an R-designation for your new or existing course.
Speaker Bio: Jeffrey M. Osborn is Dean of the School of Science and Professor of Biology at The College of New Jersey. Dr. Osborn is an administrator-teacher-scholar. His teaching has covered a range of areas, including biology, botany, and interdisciplinary courses such as Understanding Biology through Art. He employs an array of pedagogical methods, directly incorporates authentic research into his courses, and has contributed to major curricular reform efforts at his own institutions and at the national level.
Sponsored by the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center, the Office of Undergraduate Research, and Experience Learning.
Download the workshop flyer here