Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the Research and Innovation in STEM Education Institute (RISE Institute) is to recognize, strengthen and encourage collaboration in STEM education pedagogy through fundamental and discipline-based education research (DBER) and to establish Michigan Technological University as a leader in Michigan, the nation, and the world in the area of STEM education research. The RISE Institute is aligned with the vision for Centers and Institutes on the Michigan Tech campus, which is to “help to promote interdisciplinary work that involves faculty from several different departments on and off campus.”
The mission of the Research and Innovation in STEM Education Institute (RISE Institute) is to build the capacity and diversity in STEM disciplines through collaborative networking, scholarly pursuits and interdisciplinary research related to innovative pedagogy and cutting-edge educational practices. Through this collaborative institute, the following initiatives will be undertaken:
- Collaborate with the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning and the newly proposed Center for Leadership and Innovation for Transformation (LIFT Center) to:
- enhance the engagement of all motivated students in transformational educational opportunities;
- encourage training and development of educators; and
- encourage research, assessment and innovation in STEM education throughout the university.
- Strengthen and enhance cross-disciplinary collaborative efforts of students, faculty and staff at Michigan Tech doing fundamental and discipline-based education research.
- Enhance Michigan Tech’s visibility in the STEM education research community.
- Enhance Michigan Tech’s ability to attract external funding related to STEM education.
- Promote improvements in K-12, undergraduate and graduate education by providing resources and expertise in evidence-based pedagogical techniques
- Improve the quantity and quality of outreach activities including teacher professional development and teacher education offered through Michigan Tech