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The Howard-UTEP/AGEP Alliance: Unique and Irreplaceable. Orlando L. Taylor Vice Provost for Research Dean, Graduate School Howard University Washington, DC. Why Unique and Irreplaceable.

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the howard utep agep alliance unique and irreplaceable

The Howard-UTEP/AGEP Alliance:Unique and Irreplaceable

Orlando L. Taylor

Vice Provost for Research

Dean, Graduate School

Howard University

Washington, DC

why unique and irreplaceable
Why Unique and Irreplaceable
  • UNIQUE: The ONLY AGEP Alliance between TWO Minority Serving Institutions serving as the LEAD institutions.
  • IRREPLACEABLE: Two of the nation’s largest producers of Minority PhD’s in STEM.
howard university first cohort of mge agep institutions 1997
Howard University: First Cohort of MGE/AGEP Institutions (1997)
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Carnegie Classification: Research/High Research Activity
  • Minority Classification: Historically Black College and University (HBCU)
  • Enrollment, 12,000—40% Graduate/Professional
  • Nations largest producer of African American PhDs AND Baccalaureate origins of African American PhDs
university of texas el paso utep joined agep in 2003
University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP): Joined AGEP in 2003
  • Location: El Paso, TX
  • Carnegie Classification: Research/High Research Activity
  • Minority Classification: Hispanic Serving Institution (MSI)
  • Enrollment: 20,000—72% Hispanic; 17% graduate and professional
bouchet assistantships sustaining the effort
Bouchet Assistantships: Sustaining the Effort
  • Named for Edward Bouchet—First African American to receive a PhD in the United States—Yale, 1876, Physics.
  • 25 new, university-funded, graduate assistantships for the nation’s best and brightest URMs to pursue PhDs at Howard in STEM.
  • All recipients must participate in Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program & AGEP activities.
ii howard agep has joined the cirtl network
II. Howard AGEP Has Joined the CIRTL Network
  • NSF-funded Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) housed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • The CIRTL Network: Colorado, Howard, Michigan State, Penn State, Texas A & M, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt.
  • CIRTL Mission : To enhance the professional development of STEM graduate students and develop a future professoriate committed to advancing effective teaching practices.
what does cirtl provide
What Does CIRTL Provide?
  • Exposure to integrating research and teaching.
  • Building learning communities of STEM faculty and graduate students.
  • New, electronically-delivered and live courses for STEM graduate students throughout the Network.
    • Effective Teaching with Technology
    • Diversity in the College Classroom
    • Teaching and Learning Science in the

College Classroom

course on effective teaching with technology
Course on Effective Teaching with Technology
  • Semester I: students exposed to advanced, research-based teaching technologies currently used by faculty to enhance learning.
    • Students design individual projects to evaluate the effectiveness of a technology utilized by a faculty member.
    • Students across the network present the result of their projects to their classmates and the CIRTL community via the web.
    • Projects and data on student learning are evaluated and discussed.
  • Semester II: students serve as team leaders in classes and apply the skills and lessons learned in Part I.
iii preparing future faculty pre faculty internships
III. Preparing Future Faculty Pre-Faculty Internships
  • Provides advanced doctoral students, including AGEP students, with semester or year-long experiences in faculty roles and responsibilities at different institutional types
  • MOUs with various institutions (10+ currently) to provide stipends to students (Howard pays tuition), along with teaching experiences and research mentoring.
  • Challenges include involving bench science STEM students in internships
  • Institutionalized with its own revenue stream via partner institutions and Graduate School budget.
iv annual pff institutes
IV. Annual PFF Institutes
  • Held in Washington, DC or El Paso, TX. (June 10-13, 2009).
  • Open to STEM Students in all AGEP Alliances; About 60 students per year; $350 registration fee.
  • A three-day “Boot Camp” on Faculty Roles and Responsibilities and the Academic Job Search.
  • Features local and nationally prominent speakers.
  • Sample Topics:
    • Finding the "Right" Faculty Position, Negotiating the Best Start-Up Package and 'Sealing the Deal’
    • Balancing Work and Family
    • Researching and Writing Effective Grant Proposals
    • New Pedagogies for Enhancing Learning
    • Assessing Student Learning Outcomes
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v annual postdoctoral institutes
V. Annual Postdoctoral Institutes
  • Held in Washington, DC or El Paso, TX.
  • Open to STEM Students at dissertation level in all Alliances; about 50 annually; $350 registration fee.
  • A three-day Intensive “Boot Camp” on identifying, funding and crafting a postdoc to fit career goals and interests.
  • Features local and nationally prominent speakers
  • Sample Topics
    • Understanding Different Types of Postdocs
    • Strategies for Finding the Right Postdoc
    • Balancing Research, Grant Writing & Teaching
    • Securing Your Own Postdoctoral Funding
    • Life After the Postdoc
vi creation of graduate school office of retention and mentoring
VI. Creation of Graduate School Office of Retention and Mentoring
  • Led by an Assistant Dean whose position was originally a cost share for AGEP grant
  • Focuses on tracking, mentoring, and advising students to ensure retention.
  • Provides Pre-professional development.
  • Recently purchased Hobsons “Retain” software to facilitate academic tracking and monitoring each semester and at crucial academic junctures,i.e., 1st year, comprehensive exams, candidacy, dissertation progress, etc.
  • Institutionalized within university budget.