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STEM Lecturers for Innovative Teaching of Gateway Courses

Accommodating the growing number of science majors at University North Carolina has required the use of large lecture classes (>200 students) to provide sufficient seats for introductory courses in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and statistics. Since recent research has shown that STEM education can be substantially improved by evidence-based learning assessment methods and improved technology driven learning techniques, the Provost and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences have provided funding for the hiring of eight STEM lecturers trained in evidence-based teaching methods. These lecturers would lecture introductory STEM courses as well as develop evidence-based learning assessments and technology based platforms for homework and assessment. The STEM lecturers in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Physics-Astronomy are also participating in our Association of American University (AAU) STEM Project.