Science Education Specialist [Science Teaching & Learning Fellow (STLF)]
Role & development

NOTE: Science Education Specialist = CWSEI Science Teaching & Learning Fellow (STLF) = CU-SEI Science Teaching Fellow (STF). The text and files below use STLF.

A Science Teaching & Learning Fellow (STLF) has a combined expertise in the specific departmental discipline as well as knowledge of relevant teaching methods and research on learning. A typical STLF is a recent PhD in the relevant science discipline who is keen to improve learning and interested in discipline-based education research. Since most STLFs have limited prior experience with science education research, the SEI Central runs an STLF development series described below. Most of what is described on this page is similar for CU-SEI Science Teaching Fellows (STF).

Video: Former STLF Cynthia Heiner explains the SEI model and STLF role


STLF Role and STLF-Faculty Working Arrangement

Updated! Science Teaching and Learning Fellows are key players in course transformation and institutional change. The STLFs collaborate with individual faculty or small groups to implement course transformation, helping faculty increase their knowledge of teaching and learning research and supporting the introduction of evidence-based educational practices and measurements of learning.
STLF Role and STLF-Faculty Working Arrangement (3 pages, giving major components of the role and representative examples; updated July 2017 to include 1 page on STLF-Faculty working arrangement)


STLF development Series

The purpose of this series is to develop knowledge and skills in new STLFs so that they can effectively apply relevant research in cognitive psychology and education to improve teaching and learning in higher education. The series is 12 sessions, ~1 per week, with 1.5 hour meetings. The document gives the preparation required for each session, the tasks at the meetings, and a list of resources with links.
Science Teaching & Learning Fellow development sessions


STLF Reflections on their job

This 6-page document is a combination of documents created by STLFs, most of which were produced in STLF meetings: What is an STLF? (short summaries); STLF Tasks and Skills (lists); What do STLFs do, and how can they improve in these roles?; Advice from old STLFs to new STLF; Brett Gilley’s thoughts on features that helped the EOAS Department's CWSEI program.
Science Teaching & Learning Fellow reflections


NEW! Stanford 6-day workshop for Training Department Education Specialists

Carl Wieman ran a workshop at Stanford in the summer of 2017 that replicated—in 6 intensive days—the STLF training program developed and refined in the CWSEI at UBC and Carl’s 10 week graduate course in science learning and teaching at Stanford. Details of the workshop are in the document below.
Stanford 6-day workshop for Department Education Specialists