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Learner-Focused STEM Instructional Cohorts

About Gateways-ND




Grant Committee Members


About Gateways-ND

A five-year National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded instructional faculty and staff development program, hosted by NDSU's Office of Teaching and Learning, designed to offer relevant, collaborative, and sustained support to NDSU educators with a desire to:

  • Make their STEM Courses learner-focused and engaging,
  • Draw on modern evidence-based pedagogy and course design to increase student learning,
  • Improve student outcomes in their courses, and
  • Join a supportive cohort of faculty interested in teaching and learning.

Each fall, 30 instructional faculty and staff will form a cohort that participates in a workshop and ongoing faculty learning communities over two years.

Throughout this program, you will receive:

  • $2,000 stipend per academic year ($4,000 total)
  • Access to classroom Learning Assistants
  • Access to data analytics to better understand the needs and outcomes of your students.
  • FAQ about Gateway Faculty Stipends.

Together, we will create a vibrant culture for STEM education at NDSU through active teaching and learning. For more information, email Paul Kelter or call the Office of Teaching and Learning at 701-231-7015.



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Throughout this five-year Gateways-ND grant, there will be a total of four cohorts limited to 30 members in each cohort. Each cohort will have its own application form, which will be posted below. If you are not selected for a cohort the first time you apply, you are encouraged to reapply for another cohort.

2015-2017 Cohort

The application process closed on September 30th, 2015. View more information about the 2015-2017 cohort by following the link above.

2016-2018 Cohort

The application process closed on September 30th, 2016. View more information about the 2016-2018 cohort by following the link above.

2017-2019 Cohort

The application process closed on September 30th, 2017. View more information about the 2017-2019 cohort by following the link above.

2018-2020 Cohort

The application form will open August 2018. Announcement of the third cohort will be made on or before September 30, 2018. The application form for the 2018-2020 cohort will be posted under the 2018-2020 Cohort webpage when it is available to applicants. Be watching your email in August of 2018 for a campus-wide email regarding the application.



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Grant Committee Members

Members of the Gateways-ND grant committee include the following individuals:

Paul Kelter, Ph.D.
Principle Investigator
Professor and Director, Office of Teaching and Learning

Amy Rupiper Taggart, Ph.D. (Late - you are always in our hearts.)
Professor and Associate Director, General Education, Office of Teaching and Learning

Lisa Montplaisir, Ph.D.
Assistant Head and Professor
Biology Education

James Nyachwaya, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Chemistry Education

Mila Kryjevskaia, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Physics Education

Jared Ladbury, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Emily Berg, M.S.
Director, Office of Institutional Research and Analysis

Mark Hanson, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Office of Institutional Research and Analysis



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Gateways-ND Perspective

What defines teaching and learning in the National Science Foundation-funded Gateways-ND program? 

  • All students can learn successfully. Teaching should support student learning.
  • Education research should inform teaching. Teaching benefits from the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
  • Student-centered teaching practice enhances learning. Students learn best when they are active participants in their learning. This can mean evaluating ideas, discussing with each other and the teacher, or other ways that encourage engagement. This is what we mean by "student-centered." SoTL is clear that student-centered approaches are effective. 
  • All faculty can learn to teach in ways that are student-centered. Change takes time. A multi-year program of instructional workshops, Faculty Learning Communities, and closely examined curricula and classroom materials leads to better teaching. 
  • Interaction is a hallmark of student-centered instruction. Practices can include the question-based classroom, related classroom response systems, "Think/Pair/Share," and various types of group work. "SCALE-UP" and associated classroom designs show the institution's commitment to interaction. 
  • Backward design supports effective instruction. “Backward design” means a curriculum that makes clear, in order, what is to be learned, how it is to be evaluated, and how it is to be taught in ways that align with the evaluations.  
  • Evaluation of learning and teaching is vital. Formative (real-time, low-stakes) and summative (end-if-unit, high-stakes) evaluations help teachers and students know what students learn.
  • We enrich each other by working together. Faculty benefit by being part of a community dedicated to working together in the service of student success.



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Gateways-ND Values

What we value most in Gateways-ND as we explore teaching and learning together.

1. Students matter.
2. We – the cohort members – matter to each other.
3. Everyone’s ideas/contributions are valued.
4. We value learning because that’s what defines a scholar.
5. We take pride in being scholars.
6. We see the dignity of research in every academic field.
7. We see the dignity of every researcher in the work s/he does.
8. We learn together.



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In the News:
NDSU receives major grant to transform STEM teaching and student learning

Published October 12, 2015 on NDSU news
NDSU has received funding from the National Science Foundation to change how science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses are taught at the university. The ultimate goal is to help more students succeed in challenging courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Read the full story



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Last Updated: Thursday, May 31, 2018 9:40:00 AM