Project Schedule

This project is designed to be implemented on a 24-month schedule formally beginning July 1, 2009 and ending June 30, 2011.

Summer, 2009

  • Formalize general plans and methods. This critical activity is intended to provide the foundation for subsequent project development and evaluation.
  • Select initial pilot courses and instructors for fall, 2009.
  • Create initial course plans.
  • Develop course evaluation rubric.

Fall, 2009

  • Conduct initial pilot courses at Samford (e.g., using administration team members).
  • Recruit new faculty participants for spring, 2010.
  • Identify new courses for spring 2010 and obtain instructor commitment. Goal is 6 new instructors, including participation of at least one new institution.

January, 2010*

  • Evaluate initial pilot courses (identifying successes, problems, special needs, concerns, etc.).
  • Make a first pass on refining and formalizing pedagogy strategy.
  • Solicit summer research proposals.
  • Conduct training workshop for new faculty participants: to convey general plan, strategies, and methodologies; to develop course structure and content for specific courses

Spring, 2010

  • Evaluate summer research proposals and notify awardees.
  • Implement second round of pilot courses (2-4 at Samford; 2-4 at other institutions). Note: In this and subsequent semesters there could be more courses being offered than there were new faculty attending the previous training session due to continued involvement by faculty who have already participated.
  • Meet with faculty awarded summer research grants to clarify research objectives and conformity with project objectives and to discuss project evaluation strategies.
  • Recruit new faculty participants for fall, 2010.

Summer, 2010

  • Evaluate courses taught so far and refine pedagogy strategies, evaluation rubric, and workshop training methods.
  • Formalize and generalize “big questions” methodology for any science and math courses (employing sample approaches, etc.).
  • Produce draft version of materials for course and research duplication by institutions and individuals not participating in the pilot program.
  • Identify new courses for fall 2010 and obtain instructor commitment. Goal is 4-6 courses at Samford and 4-6 at other institutions (including participation of at least one new institution).
  • Conduct training workshop for new faculty participants.
  • Conduct summer research projects (framed by big questions)
  • Create project website.
  • Prepare and submit interim reports to the Teagle Foundation.

Fall, 2010

  • Evaluate summer research projects.
  • Implement third round of pilot courses (4-6 at Samford and 4-6 at other institutions).
  • Recruit new faculty participants for spring, 2011.
  • Identify new courses for spring 2011 and obtain instructor commitment. Goal is 6-8 courses at Samford and 6-8 at other institutions.
  • Present preliminary results at a conference.

January, 2011*

  • Evaluate fall courses.
  • Refine teaching and research methods.
  • Update project website and materials.
  • Conduct training workshop for new faculty participants.

Spring, 2011

  • Implement fourth round of pilot courses (6-8 at Samford and 6-8 at other institutions).
  • Finalize formal course methods and collect data on courses for use in dissemination of results.
  • Present results at a conference.

Summer, 2011

  • Evaluate project and outline future plans.
  • Produce final version of materials for course and research duplication by institutions and individuals not participating in the pilot program.
  • Prepare and submit journal article.
  • Update project website.
  • Prepare and submit final reports to the Teagle Foundation.

* During each of the two years of the grant, several critical portions of the project will be performed during Samford University’s January mini-term.