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Abstract Title: Department Action Teams: Empowering Faculty to Make Sustainable Change
Abstract: We describe a new type of faculty working group, a Department Action Team (DAT), that forms one component of a larger strategy towards enacting cultural change in higher education. DATs empower a team of faculty members within a single department to make focused, sustainable change in their department. DATs focus on departmental development, as faculty design and implement strategies to address an educational problem of mutual interest and broad-scale importance (rather than trying to "solve" the problem themselves). This contrasts other faculty development efforts like Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs), which support the individual development of faculty from different departments through reflection on separate education projects. We contextualize the DAT model through a case study of a group within a physics department that is focused on improving gender equity among their undergraduate majors. Building on this case, we offer general principles for facilitating and developing similar groups at other institutions.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Joel Corbo
University of Colorado Boulder
Phone: 718-757-8844
and Co-Presenter(s)
Daniel Reinholz
Noah Finkelstein
Melissa Dancy

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