Research and Implementation: Institutional Collaboration between Teaching and Learning Centers and Education Research

Wednesday, March 10 at 2:00pm to 3:15pm


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With the growing focus on student centered course design and evidenced-based teaching, collaboration between the research arm of a university and the administrative structure responsible for implementation is critical. Historically, research universities suffer from the view of Teaching and Learning Centers as “the place where bad teachers go” and/or the place where the “few early adopters hang out”. Likewise, many Education Schools do not envision any role in transforming the institution in which they are located. The growth of discipline-based education research (DBER) and teaching centers with a discipline focus have provided pockets in which research and implementation have tried to work together. Even within these efforts, the institutional structures around evaluating research have led to challenging questions regarding the roles of DBER faculty, professors of teaching, scholarship of teaching and learning, and Centers of Teaching and Learning.

In this talk, I will discuss the impact of the explicit partnership between the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation and the School of Education at UCI on the cultural dynamic and interaction between research and education. This partnership was the result of the targeted creation of a Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and specific hires within the School of Education, including the Dean of the School. One very specific outcome has been the Mellon funded research project, Next Generation Measures of Student Success and the student-success, data-analytics project, COMPASS. I will briefly discuss the origin of these efforts and how they are being leveraged to move UCI in the direction of a culture that brings together research and implementation with a student experience focus.

Professor Dennin has been Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UCI since 1997, and is now the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education. His research focuses on the dynamics of foams and modeling of ice mélange in fjords. He has won numerous awards for research and teaching, and is passionate about public outreach in the area of science –including co-teaching an open course based on the AMC television program The Walking Dead. He has appeared on numerous television programs – including Science of Superman, Spider-man Tech, Batman Tech, Star Wars Tech, and Ancient Aliens. You can find Prof. Dennin in the YouTube series Fascinating Fights ( debating the outcome of battles between pop icons. In addition, Prof. Dennin is serves as an expert on the podcast Fascinating Gadgets, Gizmos, and Gear-Based Technologies where he explains how to make fictional technology a reality (  Recently, he published a science outreach book on the intersection between science and faith: Divine Science: Finding Reason at the Heart of Faith, from Franciscan Media.

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CITRAL, UC Santa Barbara Library, Room 1576

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