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NSF AGEP California HSI Alliance

NSF AGEP California HSI Alliance

The NSF AGEP California HSI Alliance brings together four Hispanic Serving Institutions in California: UC Merced; UC Santa Barbara; CSU Fresno; and CSU Channel Islands; with the specific goal of developing, implementing and testing a model for creating a more diverse STEM faculty workforce. The Alliance focuses on pedagogical training and career mentoring to prepare dissertating doctoral students for teaching-focused careers at a broad range of colleges and universities.

The Alliance’s pedagogical training includes four main components:

  1. a summer institute that provides training for students on pedagogical practices for CSU curricula and classrooms;
  2. a pairing of CSU faculty members with UC doctoral students to mentor them on discipline-specific teaching strategies and goals;
  3. a semester-long teaching fellowship to incorporate research, assessment, and service-learning opportunities into CSU classrooms
  4. networking and social support from the AGEP cohort and program while doctoral students complete their dissertations and enter the STEM academic faculty workforce

The Alliance will also investigate a range of issues including attitudes and assumptions of Ph.D. students and faculty members with regard to pursuit of faculty positions at non-research-intensive institutions. It will assess career goals of STEM doctoral students, as well as STEM faculty values and norms regarding their students' careers.