Issues & Topics

The list of topics below is merely a starting point.  To suggest additional topics or speakers, please contact Stephanie Pfirman (Environmental Science) or Lee Anne Bell (Education).


  • Underachievement of students of color and women science students
  • Effects of stereotype threat on student performance
  • Fostering minority student achievement in mathematics
  • Underadvancement of women science faculty 
  • Challenges in recruiting and retaining minority faculty


  • Wise mentoring of students of color and women science students
  • Effective mentoring of junior faculty
  • Advancing productivity of women science faculty


  • How do student learning styles affect achievement?
  • How can we encourage students to develop cognitive strategies for long-term learning?
  • How can collaborative, problem based approaches facilitate student achievement?
  • How do group dynamics affect the collaborative learning process?
  • Supplemental Instruction: What is it, and is it right for your course?
  • What works (and what doesn’t) in our introductory laboratory courses?
  • Does class size matter? 
  • How can content changes influence student learning?
  • How can we improve methods of student assessment?
  • How can we monitor the effectiveness of curricular changes?