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:
- a summer institute that provides training for students on pedagogical practices for CSU curricula and classrooms;
- a pairing of CSU faculty members with UC doctoral students to mentor them on discipline-specific teaching strategies and goals;
- a semester-long teaching fellowship to incorporate research, assessment, and service-learning opportunities into CSU classrooms
- 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.