Call for Applicants: Research on active learning in undergraduate STEM courses

STEM faculty, want to participate in our research on active learning in undergraduate STEM courses? Participants will be compensated up to $600, they will learn about their own teaching, and they may be selected to attend a free one-day active learning workshop at the University of Oregon. Any travel expenses will be covered.

If you are interested, please read more below and complete the application ( before Dec 16, 2019, for full consideration. Additionally, please forward this email to any colleagues who may be interested in participating. Faculty at institutions within 250 miles of Eugene, OR or 250 miles of the Seattle-Tacoma airport are eligible to participate.

If you plan to or want to use active learning in your teaching (e.g., have students solve problems in class or use think/pair/share activities), and if you will be teaching a 1st or 2nd-year undergraduate course in a STEM discipline during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years, we invite you to apply to be a faculty participant. For this study, we define STEM as including engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, computer and information technologies, mathematics and statistics. We are particularly interested in working with faculty who teach at 2-year colleges and minority-serving institutions.

Participation in this study is a one-year commitment. To be eligible, you must be available to attend a one-day workshop in Eugene, Oregon on both of the following dates: July 14, 2020 and July 15, 2020. Eligible participants will be randomly assigned to either a group that attends an active learning workshop on one of those two dates or to a control group. All expenses associated with attending the workshop during the study will be covered, including transportation, housing, and per diem. Additionally, participants will be asked to complete surveys about their teaching, to work with us to administer surveys to their students during the term and to allow us to observe class sessions. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their use of active learning, will have early access to our research findings, and will be offered up to $600 in honoraria as compensation for their efforts (split into multiple periodic payments). Participants in the control group will be invited to attend a workshop after the study ends.

The application deadline for full consideration is December 16, 2019. The link will remain open until participant recruitment is complete. Please contact the University of Oregon research team ( with questions.

To apply please visit



Dr. Jenefer Husman

Director – Oregon Education Science Lab

Department Head -Department of Education Studies

University of Oregon


Study Number:  06262018.032

Name of Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jenefer Husman

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 541.346.8186

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