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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The faculty and academic staff of Lyman Briggs College take a scholarly approach to the College's mission of teaching and advising students. Grant-funded research, peer-reviewed publications, and participation in local and national education-related workshops keep them at the forefront of pedagogical developments.

Research-validated Pedagogy

LBC faculty are engaged in a long-term effort to strengthen the core STEM courses by adopting research-validated educational techniques that help students acquire graduate-level thinking skills. Examples include concept mapping linked to question creation by students, transformation of recitations into hands-on workshops, and incorporation of inquiry-based labs that stress experimental design as well as lab techniques.

LBC faculty of all disciplines who are engaging in research on or dissemination of effective pedagogy continue to be recognized and supported by MSU's Lilly Teaching Fellows program and external programs such as The Biology Scholars Program and the New Physics & Astronomy Faculty Workshops. LBC faculty also serve on the MSU Faculty Advisory Boards of the Lilly Teaching Fellows Program and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL).

Bridging the Two Cultures

Lyman Briggs College was founded with the mission of bridging what physical chemist and novelist C.P. Snow famously called the "Two Cultures" of the sciences and humanities. In early years, the Introduction to History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science (HPS) course was even called "Third Culture Rhetoric." The HPS classes continue to be a crucial component of the liberal science education provided to Briggs students. In May 2009, LBC co-sponsored a conference "Science & Liberal Education", marking the 50th anniversary of Snow's "Two Cultures" lecture and reflecting on progress in realizing a Third Culture. The LBC community continues to build bridges among the varied STEM and HPS elements of the College's culture and curriculum. Some faculty audit entire LBC courses in other fields in order to assess opportunities for highlighting cross-disciplinary connections in their own courses. Another increasingly popular path is the team-teaching of linked courses by STEM and HPS faculty, either during the academic year or as part of a summer study abroad program. Many faculty are involved in an NSF-funded project Bridging the Disciplines through Authentic Inquiry and Discourse (BRAID), which studies the impact on student learning of educational modules interconnecting courses in separate disciplines or suites of STEM and HPS courses taught as an inter-related whole. Briggs faculty, staff, and students also are key participants in three cross-college projects that place science in broader context: the specialization on Science, Technology, the Environment and Public Policy (STEPPS), the 21st Century Chautauqua on Personal and Social Responsibility (Chautauqua), and the Residential Semester at Kellogg Biological Station.

Publications on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning since 2005
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Grants for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning since 2005

2017
Michigan State University Science and Society at State Collaborative Grant Award, (Halpern, Cass, Record, Wigner, Hendrickson), Future Design Studio [2017 -2017] $10,000

Michigan State University Science and Society at State Collaborative Grant Award, (Nair, Sawtelle, Record), Vital Signs: Bridging and Democratizing Physics [2017 -2017] $10,000

National Science Foundation, (Foster, Weatherspoon, Vannocker, Urquhart, Siegford, Shipman, Schumacher, Roth, Ording, Millenbah, Lucas), Careers in Food, Energy, and the Environment - an Interdisciplinary Approach [2017 -2021] $999,983

2016
Michigan State University Science and Society at State Collaborative Grant Award, (Latimore, Burroughs, Cheruvelil, Dreelin, Halpern, Nichols), Innovations in Science Communication and Engagement: Exploring How Better Training Can Improve Outcomes for Science and Society [2016 -2016] $10,000

Michigan State University Science and Society at State Collaborative Grant Award, (White, Stroupe, Caballero), Learning Science by Doing Science: Project Based Learning through Urban Entomology [2016 -2016] $10,000

Michigan State University Science and Society at State Collaborative Grant Award, (Fingal, Fine, Lahr, Louie, Pauly, Tetreault), Youth at Risk: Understanding Controversies Related to Children, Environment, and Scientific Research [2016 -2016] $10,000

National Science Foundation, (White, Sawtelle, Valles, Smith, Lahr), Designing, Developing and Assessing a Module-Basted System of Interdisciplinary Education [2016 -2020] $1,181,214

National Science Foundation, (Sweeder, Valles, Shipman, Largent, Cass), SPRING 3: Scholarship Program for Retaining, Inspiring, and eNabling Graduates [2016 -2021] $649,279

National Science Foundation, (Bell, Zeleke, Gerhardt), REU in Discrete and Applied Mathematics [2016 -2019] $287,199

National Security Agency, (Bell, Zeleke, Xiao, Wang, Schenker, Gerhardt), The Summer Undergraduate Research Institute in Experimental Mathematics (SURIEM) [2016 -2017] $85,109

2015
Michigan State University Science and Society at State Collaborative Grant Award,, (Waddell, Jordan, Breedlove, Wake, Fick), From the Asylum to the Lab Bench: Fostering LGBTQ Inclusion in STEM Disciplines Today [2015 -2015] $10,000

Michigan State University Science and Society at State Collaborative Grant Award, (White, Sawtelle, Valles, Wang, Fingal), Designing, Developing and Assessing a Module-Based System of Interdisciplinary Education [2015 -2015] $10,000

Course Weaver Corporation, (Kortemeyer, Raeburn), MSU LON CAPA Support, Maintenance, and Research Agreement [2015 -2015] $176,545

National Security Agency, (Zeleke, Bell, Gerhardt, Xiao, Wang ), The Summer Undergraduate Research Institute in Experimental Mathematics (SURIEM) [2015 -2016] $84,194

2014
Dow Foundation Herbert and Grace Research Grant, (Simmons, Renn, Chivukula, Urban-Lurain), Launching, Accelerating, and Multiplying STEM Students for Michigan: The Michigan State University STEM Success Program [2014 -2017] $2,500,000

National Science Foundation, (Smith, Pennock, Lenski, Ofria, Mead), Active LENS: Learning Evolution and the Nature of Science using Evolution in Action [2014 -2017] $2,997,091

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Education, (Pennock, LaDuca, Chivukula, Krajcik, Urban-Lurain), LEVERS: Leveraging Engagement and Vision to Encourage Retention in STEM [2014 -2019] $1,500,000

National Science Foundation, (LaDuca, Swain), REU Site: Cross-Disciplinary Training in Sustainable Chemistry and Chemical Processes [2014 -2017] $270,000

2013
Central Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, Inc. , (Sweeder), Analyzing Student Performance on the MCAT to Enhance Premedical Student Advising [2013 -2013] $500

National Science Foundation , (Valles, O’Rourke, Whyte, Dietz), Collaborative Research: Values and Policy in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science: A Dialogue-based Framework for Ethics Education [2013 -2016] $196,759

National Security Agency, (Zeleke, Bell, Gerhardt), Summer Undergraduate Research Institute in Experimental Mathematics (SURIEM)[2013 -2015] $186,854

2012
IREX - United States Department of State, (Upda, Gass, Prestel, Millenbah, Murphy, Strong), Iraq University Linkage Program: Collaborations in Higher Education between Michigan State University and University of Duhok, Iraq [2012 -2014] $1,000,000

National Science Foundation S-STEM Grant, (Millenbah, LaDuca, Shipman, Sweeder and Zeleke), Science Scholarship Program at Lyman Briggs College Phase 2 [2012 -2016] $599,834

2011
NSF-CCLI (Phase II), (Seeder, Luckie, Bellon, Simmons), BRAID 2.0: Bringing Relationships Alive through Interdisciplinary Discourse[2011 -2015] $249,959

National Security Agency, (Bell, Zeleke), Summer Undergraduate Research Institute in Experimental Mathematics [2011 -2013] $88,578

National Science Foundation, Division of Mathematial Sciences, (Bell, Zeleke), REU Site in Applied & Discrete Mathematics [2011 -2013] $275,406

National Science Foundation TUES Grant, (Smith, Heidemann, Urquhart, Murphy, Williams), Integrative Case Studies in Evolution Education [2011 -2013] $199,797

2010
Society for the Study of Evolution, (Smith), Science Supper: Bringing Together mid-Michigan High School Biology Teachers and Michigan State University Evolution Researchers and Educators [2010 - 2010] $800

National Security Agency, (Zeleke, Bell, Dougherty), Summer Undergraduate Research Institute in Experimental Mathematics (SURIEM) [2010 - 2011] $87,199

National Science Foundation, (Sweeder, Luckie, Bellon, Simmons), BRAID 2.0: Bringing Relationships Alive through Interdisciplinary Discourse [2010 - 2014] $249,959

2009
National Science Foundation S-STEM Grant, (Sweeder, Strong, Golding, Shipman), Science Scholarship Program at Lyman Briggs College [2009 - 2013] $600,000

2007
National Science Foundation, (Doug Luckie, Ryan Sweeder), BRAID: Bridging the Disciplines with Authentic Inquiry & Discourse $149,976

National Science Foundation, (Libarkin, Kortemeyer), Collaborative Research: Community development of an expanded Geoscience Concept Inventory: A webcenter for question generation, validation and online testing [2007 -2011] $333,048

2006
National Science Foundation, (Doug Luckie), C-TOOLS supplement request to NSF for a funded extension of the project into 2007 to develop a cycel mapping system apporach to support a novel learning findings using concept maps in geoplogy by Duncan Sibley at MSU $32,000