CSME Exchange

A brown-bag discussion for faculty and instructors

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The CSME Exchange provides an informal opportunity for math and science faculty to discuss current issues in undergraduate education. Exchange discussions explore best practices, current challenges, and cross-departmental coordination and collaboration. Faculty, staff, and graduate students from all departments are welcome to participate.

While CSME coordinates the Exchange, the topics and content are driven by participating faculty and instructors. Exchanges may follow a variety of formats, such as formal presentations, workshops, book/journal discussions, and informal roundtable discussions. Although Exchanges are generally led by UofU faculty/instructors, guest speakers from outside institutions are welcome.

Unless otherwise noted, CSME Exchange meets on the second Thursday of the month. Light refreshments are served.

To submit a topic for a future Exchange, or to volunteer to lead an Exchange, contact outreach@csme.utah.edu or call 801-585-3878. If you would like to receive notification of future Exchanges, join our email list.


Upcoming Exchanges (note: the time and location have changed for Spring 2018!)

  • 3/8/18: CANCELLED
  • 4/5/18: Charles Atwood (University of Utah – Chemistry), 12:30-1:30pm in CSC 210


Previous Exchange Speakers

  • 2/14/18: David Derezotes (University of Utah – Social Work) – Transforming difficult conversations in science and math classrooms into opportunities for learning how to build inclusive communities
  • 1/11/2018: Special ExchangePedagogical strategies to increase students’ engagement and motivation
  • 12/7/2017: Rachel Hayes-Harb, Janis Louie, and Tino Nyawelo (University of Utah) – Working together to enhance mentorship and undergraduate research in the College of Science
  • 11/9/2017: Mike Martineau and Scott Mikos (University of Utah OBIA) – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Utilizing Student Data
  • 10/5/2017: Chandra Turpen (University of Maryland) – Building and Sustaining Learning Assistant Programs
  • 9/14/2017: Leslie Sieburth (University of Utah – Biology) – Biology Curriculum Reform: it takes a village
  • 4/13/2017: Pearl Sandick (University of Utah – Physics & Astronomy) – Supporting women in STEM
  • 3/9/2017: Nalini Nadkarni and Caitlin Weber (University of Utah – Biology) – Engaging the Unengaged: Interdisciplinary Approaches that Bridge Science and Society
  • 2/9/2017: Ann Darling (University of Utah – Undergraduate Studies) – Changes to General Education Courses
  • 1/12/2017: Lauren Barth-Cohen (University of Utah – Education) – Possible models for a STEM education research graduate program
  • 12/8/2016: Jennifer Heemstra (University of Utah – Chemistry) – Can we promote student success by embracing short-term failure?
  • 11/10/2016: David Goldenberg (University of Utah – Biology) – An Integrated Science Core Curriculum? Possibilities and Challenges 
  • 10/20/2016: Charles Atwood (University of Utah – Chemistry) – Improving the Bottom Quartile’s Performance: The Key to Higher Success Rates
  • 9/15/2016: Diane Pataki, Jordan Gerton, Holly Godsey (University of Utah) – Department-Driven Course and Curriculum Improvement RFP
  • 8/11/2016: Karen Krapcho (University of Utah – OSP) Evaluation of “Student Voice” in a Freshman Hybrid/Flipped Classroom
  • 6/16/2016: Pamela Hardin (University of Utah – CTLE) – Why Active Learning? Practices and Problems
  • 5/12/2016: Emina Alibegovic (University of Utah – Mathematics) – Changing the culture in Math 1010
  • 4/14/2016: David Temme (University of Utah – Biology) – How do we help students learn how to think? Perhaps by helping them expand their “common sense toolbox”!
  • 3/10/2016: Jennifer Heemstra (University of Utah – Chemistry) – Increasing access to research opportunities through course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs)
  • 2/11/2016: Charles Atwood (University of Utah – Chemistry) – How we have used Item Response Theory and classroom management to improve student success rates in large general chemistry classes
  • 1/14/2016: Jordan Gerton (University of Utah – Physics & Astronomy) – Structural and pedagogical approaches to support student learning in PHYS 2210 
  • 11/5/2015: Lucy Fortson (University of Minnesota) – Education in and with the Zooniverse Citizen Science Platform