Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Funded Faculty Development Opportunity at the University of Chicago 

August 9th-13th, 2016

This summer, faculty, instructional staff, and future faculty from across the country will convene on the University of Chicago campus to participate in one of the five Summer Institutes on Undergraduate STEM Education being held across the country. Two Institutes are funded by HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) while the other three are funded by the Helmsley Charitable Trust. The CCT is excited to be the 2016 host for the Midwest Summer Institute. We are looking forward to engaging with STEM faculty during the week through seminars, group work, discussion and reflection. The institute is directed by Dr. William Rando, CCT director, and is co-directed by Dr. Kiki Zissimopoulos, CCT associate director and Dr. Stanley Lo, Assistant Teaching Professor, University of California - San Diego.

The goal of the Summer Institutes is to transform education at colleges and universities by improving classroom education and attracting more diverse students to research. The institutes help participants learn practical strategies for enhancing student learning and model scientific teaching principles of active learning, assessment, and inclusive teaching. These elements, in addition to current research on STEM education, are woven into the program, creating a forum to share ideas and develop innovative instructional materials to be implemented upon returning home. The institutes draw on the expertise of both participants and presenters. Experienced presenters and facilitators have been recruited from a variety of universities across the country to provide their diverse perspectives and expertise.

The curriculum will enable participants to answer the following questions:

  •          What is scientific teaching? What are some challenges I might need to address in implementing scientific teaching strategies?
  •          How can I create and sustain a more inclusive learning environment for my students through scientific teaching?
  •          What is the scientific evidence for each teaching practice I intend to implement?
  •          How can I use backward design to align learning objectives, assessments, and active learning strategies?
  •          What modes of assessment can I use to promote student learning and inform instruction?
  •          How does cognitive science research lay the foundation for the scientific teaching approaches and practices I can use in my classroom?
  •          How will I implement and disseminate scientific teaching in my community over the next five years?

If you are a faculty member, instructional staff member, or future faculty interested in participating in the institution, you may find the application along with more here: Applications are due May 15th, 2016.

Please contact Kiki Zissimopoulos ( with any questions about the Midwest Summer Institute to be held at the University of Chicago in August.