red Supported Site Cal Poly Pomona: Collaboration

Successes

  • Collaborative work among the three PhysTEC PIs and the Faculty Advisory Panel (FAP) is the foundation of the success.
  • The CPP Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (CEMaST) and the PhysTEC team work closely in a variety of activities such as planning LA seminar refreshments and outreach events aimed to recruit and support science teachers.
  • Steve McCauley (Co-PI) and the department chair have created a strong collaborative community among the Physics and Astronomy faculty. Physics and Astronomy faculty members were informed about the PhysTEC activities on a regular basis. Faculty members were invited to LA information and recruiting meetings and several attended.
  • All PIs seeking collaborative opportunities within the faculty in the Colleges of Science and Education by sharing our work and success. For example, the information and flyers regarding LA events often were distributed in the College of Education buildings.
  • Through outreach, science fair, and mini-lessons, we have collaborated with local school districts including Harrison and Cortez elementary in PUSD and Collegewood elementary in WUSD.

Challenges

  • Dr. Janeen Volsey (co-PI), our education faculty expert in single subject science credential programs, has been in medical leave for most of AY 2012-2013.
  • We are challenged for allocating time and resources for reaching and communicating with new allies in the College of Education. Our department is down to 9 full time faculty from 17 six years ago.

Sustainability

  • We will continue our efforts to communicate and collaborate with our colleagues involved in physics single subject credential program within the college of Education. In particular, we are seeking a faculty who can effectively and passionately take over Dr. Volsey's responsibilities in this project.

Lessons Learned

  • We should allocate additional time focused on planning collaborative activities between college of education and science.

Activities

  • The IRB application was completed and has been approved for pre- and post-evaluation of calculus-based introductory Physics classes. Pre- and post-tests for FCI and CSEM were given to several hundreds of introductory students in Spring 2013
  • Reports on PhysTEC progress and successes were regularly shared with Physics and Astronomy faculty at department meetings