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UCR Undergraduate Education Newsletter: September 1, 2016

UCR Undergraduate Education Newsletter:  November 5, 2016

Cindy Larive
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Creating an Engaged Teaching and Learning Commons?

Did you know that every UC campus but ours has some sort of Teaching and Learning Center? Though these centers have a range of organizational structures and activities, they share a commonality in bringing together faculty and instructors interested in improving teaching and learning. These operations go by a variety of names: center, office or commons being typical. Personally, I think that commons is an appealing name because it implies community, and the UCR faculty is, after all, a community of researchers and educators. UCR already has several resources to support teaching, with some of these administered by the Office of Undergraduate Education (UE), including workshops and mentoring provided by the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, resources for evaluation and assessment, and grants and awards to support innovative teaching. If we were to create a common umbrella that unites these UE resources with those of the Instructional Technology group in Computing and Communication and the Instructional Design effort being developed by our library, we would have a powerful campus resource to support teaching effectiveness and curricular innovation. A Teaching and Learning Commons could also host faculty learning communities around topics like effective online courses, integrating pedagogies of engagement in lecture courses, and research-based laboratory instruction. It would also a great platform to host our campus-wide Celebration of Teaching, planned for May 18.

So, what do you think? Do you know of similar Teaching and Learning Centers that are particularly effective on another campus that could be a potential model for UCR? What types of teaching resources or support would be helpful to you? Are there particular activities related to teaching and learning that you would be interested in? I would love to hear your opinions. I hope that you will join me in a discussion of these ideas Tuesday 11/15 11:00 am – 12:00 pm or Thursday 11/17 3:00 – 4:00 pm in Hinderaker 3148. Alternatively, you are welcome to share your thoughts by email to I look forward to hearing from you.


Grants to Integrate Study Abroad into your Program’s Curriculum, Deadline November 30, 2016

The UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) has allocated $50,000 for academic departments to integrate study abroad programs and coursework into their curricula. UCEAP’s goal is to fund ten teams of faculty and staff up to $5,000 each to work over the next year to make studying abroad accessible for undergraduate students. Please find the Call for Proposals as well as the application form here. A list of proposals that were funded in 2015-16 can be found here; and a list of deliverables for each of the 2014-15 grants is available here. UCEAP welcomes applications from all academic disciplines. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, November 30th, 2016. Completed applications and questions about the grants can be sent to UCEAP Associate Dean Hsiu-Zu Ho and Academic Integration Analyst Katie van Meeuwen at


Program Assessment Workshop, November 9, 11:00 am, 1127 Hinderaker Hall

Gary Coyne in the Undergraduate Education Office of Evaluation and Assessment is hosting a workshop 11/9 at 11:00 am (Hinderaker 1127) to discuss strategies for planning and coordinating the assessment of student learning across instructors and courses, as well as over time on. See for more details. All are welcome and an RSVP to is appreciated.


Upcoming Instructional Design Workshops, Nov. 15, Nov. 17, and Dec. 2

Looking for ways to spice up your teaching? The Instructional Technologies group has three exciting workshops designed to help. Have you heard about Clickers and wondered how to incorporate them into your class? The “Clickers Overview” session Tuesday Nov. 15, 1:30 – 2:30 pm is for you. For faculty interested in flipping their class, the “Blended/Hybrid/Online Discussion- Nuts & Bolts: Flipped Classroom” on Thursday Nov. 17, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm will feature basic technical and pedagogical information about technology enhanced instruction. The “Social Media Panel Discussion” on Friday Dec. 2 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm will provide tips on platforms, techniques and common pitfalls to be aware of when incorporating social media into your course. All three sessions will be held in Surge 170, and are accessible remotely via Zoom. Please register at and address any questions to .


The Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC) transitions to the Office of Undergraduate Education

The Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC), the primary pre-health advising office for UCR students and alumni, transitioned from the School of Medicine to the Office of Undergraduate Education in October. HPAC’s mission is to provide information, advising, and support for UCR students and alumni who aspire to enter health professions graduate/professional programs and wish to enhance their academic and extracurricular preparation. Professional staff and peer mentors guide students as they plan their pre-health professions coursework, clinical experiences, service work, and research in preparation for applying to programs. HPAC has long collaborated with many Undergraduate Education units and initiatives and is excited to continue this relationship.

HPAC staff are Charlie Scruggs, Director; Amber Nicholson, Assistant Director; and Nick Notti and Taylor Le, Staff Assistants. HPAC is located at 1114 Pierce Hall. More information about the HPAC may be found at


US Department of Homeland Security 2017 Summer Internships for Undergrad and Graduate Students

Do you know of an undergraduate or graduate student who would benefit from a paid summer internship? The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines (including social science). The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant research areas including: engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological/life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.

For questions please email


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