Science Literacy Program Newsletter
Spring 2015 – Special Edition

May 4, 2015

We are happy to share three significant developments for the Science Literacy Program.

UO 2015 Strategic Initiative
The SLP, co-operated under the College of Arts and Science, with Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geological Sciences, and Human Physiology, has been named a recipient of long-term recurring funding under the UO’s 2015 Strategic Initiative.

This award will provide stable funding for between 16 and 24 graduate SLP Fellows per year to work alongside faculty to co-develop and co-teach science courses for non-science majors. We will continue to provide professional development opportunities for faculty and students to learn about and use the best pedagogy for courses at this level. SLP is also moving toward supporting and impacting more ‘gateway’ courses for potential science majors.

Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to contact SLP staff to enquire about participating in the upcoming school year.


Thomas F. Herman Award for Excellence in Pedagogy
Judith Eisen has been awarded the 2015 Thomas F. Herman Award for Excellence in Pedagogy awarded to a senior UO faculty member who has “demonstrated outstanding achievement and expertise” in pedagogy, for excellence in her own teaching, and her work directing the Science Literacy Program and the positive impact the program has had on thousands of students at the UO.


Article in the Chronicle of Higher Education
The Science Literacy Program is the subject of a substantial feature in the Chronicle of Higher Education published May 4, 2015. This story highlights the impacts of several of our SLP courses, including Scott Fisher’s introductory astronomy course. The article is available here.


Thank you to everyone who has participated in the weekly journal club and attended workshops, and to faculty, graduate SLP fellows and undergraduate SLP scholars who have co-taught SLP affiliated courses. Your dedication to improving undergraduate science education courses at the UO will impact around 10% of the entire UO undergraduate student body this year alone and has served over 5,000 students since 2010!

We couldn’t do this work without you!

Judith Eisen and Michael Raymer, SLP Co-Directors
Elly Vandegrift, SLP Associate Director

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