Humanities Educators in STEM Environments

Networking Workshop, May 16, 2017

This workshop aims to bring together faculty from a variety of universities to discuss strategies for (1) teaching the humanities to STEM students and (2) advocating effectively for humanities programs in an increasingly STEM-focused higher education environment. We hope that this will be a first step in establishing a regional network of humanities faculty committed to these goals. 

We are particularly interested in providing a space for discussing the unique challenges and opportunities posed by the current focus on career preparation and STEM programs. These include:

  • attracting, supporting, and retaining high quality faculty
  • demonstrating to students, faculty and administrators how skills central to the humanities (e.g. close reading, critical thought, analysis) can be/are used in STEM contexts
  • recruiting majors and minors to humanities programs; revising academic programs to better prepare students for the workforce; and articulating the value of humanities degrees to prospective students and parents
  • procuring necessary resources (funding, technology, space, etc.) for effective teaching and for faculty research and development
  • working effectively within the General Education curriculum
  • providing quality institutional/university-wide support for students struggling in humanities classes

The workshop invites multiple ways to participate in sharing the unique and interesting work you are currently doing.

Present a brief conference-style talk that addresses one of the challenges and opportunities above. Talks should be designed to encourage audience participation and discussion. Individual talks should be limited to 20 minutes and panel/roundtable talks should limit each speaker to 6-7 minutes. If you are proposing a roundtable, please have each group member register individually using the same presentation title.

Demonstrate something that you do in your teaching, outreach, etc. for participants in a “how-to” type workshop. DO sessions should engage the audience in participating in the activity you are presenting. Examples might include having participants complete an assignment you use in class or having them learn how to use a particular tool or activity you find useful for teaching.

At a time when the ability to think critically, read intelligently, and write persuasively are more vital than ever, we hope to form a community of educators dedicated to teaching these skills and advocating their importance in an increasingly STEM and career-training focused higher education environment.

About Trine University
Trine University is a small, private, engineering-focused school in northeast Indiana. For more information about campus, visit the Trine University website.

Tentative Schedule – Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Begins Ends Event
08:00 am 09:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
09:00 am 09:30 am Welcome
09:30 am 12:00 pm Sessions (schedule to be determined)
12:00 pm 01:00 pm Lunch (lunch can be purchased at Trine’s cafeteria or at a number of nearby restaurants)
01:00 pm 02:00 pm Final Sessions and Debrief

Registration Form

Deadline for registration is April 10, 2017.

Presenter Info
All of the following information is required to register.

Presentation Info
Only the first question below is required. Feel free to skip the rest if you only plan to attend and not present.