Terminology: The titles "Discipline-Based Education Specialist" and "Science Education Specialist" are more general terms that have been used to describe similar positions within the different initiatives. The CWSEI used the title "Science Teaching and Learning Fellow" for this role, while the CUSEI used "Science Teaching Fellow". The text and files below use the STLF terminology. Most of what is described on this page is similar for both roles.
To read more: This page provides a brief summary of the role; for more detail, please see the SEI Handbook's Chapter 2: What Is a Discipline-Based Education Specialist? and for training/development see the Workshops page.
Who is a Science Teaching and Learning Fellow (STLF) and what experience do they have?
An STLF combined expertise in the specific departmental discipline with knowledge of relevant teaching methods and research on learning. Typically, they were a recent PhD in the relevant science discipline who was keen to improve learning and also interested in discipline-based education research. Since most STLFs had limited prior experience with science education research, the SEI Central ran an STLF development series described in the workshop and training section of this site.
Former STLF Cynthia Heiner Explains the SEI Model and STLF Role
Listen to Dr. Cynthia Heiner, former STLF in Physics & Astronomy, describe the CWSEI model in this short talk, delivered to Imperial College London (2017):