UM to Host Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching June 4-7

May 31, 2018

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will host the Mobile Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching June 4-7, on the UM campus.

The institute focuses on evidence-based active learning strategies to improve student understanding and success in STEM courses. Twenty-four UM faculty members from 15 departments will work collaboratively during the institute to create engaging new content for their fall courses. They will develop an original, peer-reviewed course module that incorporates backward design and learning activities on the topic of their choice. Participants will be named Scientific Teaching Fellows by Yale’s Center for Teaching and Learning at the end of the workshop.

The institute is sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Helmsley Charitable Trust. It is part of a national professional development effort for faculty members to provide intensive and ongoing support for student learning in STEM courses.

“Our faculty are deeply committed to creating engaging learning experiences for our students, and we are thrilled to have this opportunity for some of them to get to work with national experts on augmenting their courses,” said Amy Kinch, director of UM’s Faculty Development Office.   

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Contact: Mark Grimes, cell biologist, UM Division of Biological Sciences, 406-243-4977,; Amy Kinch, director, UM Faculty Development Office, 406-243-5897,