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CREATE is delighted to welcome Dr. Shirley Malcom as the keynote speaker for the 2024 Mini-Conference!

"Course Corrections: Thinking Systemically"

Abstract: How do we transform our courses and curricula in ways to support learning by all? Rather than just providing supports to enable students to survive current practices, we need to think systemically. What is it about current practice that needs to change? Discipline-based education research points out changes needed within course pedagogy that could yield better results for all learners. Systemic reform points to changes needed within the larger infrastructure of the institution, such as skills development for graduate students, recruitment and assessment of future faculty, changes in the incentive structure of promotion and tenure, and monitoring and evaluation of departmental effectiveness. This presentation will explore the many pathways that must converge to support equity-centered teaching and learning.

Bio: Dr. Shirley M. Malcom is Senior Advisor and Director of SEA Change at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general science organization. Malcom received her B.S. at the University of Washington and M.A. at the University of California, Los Angeles both for zoology. In 1974, she would go on to receive her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in ecology. Some previous positions included high school teacher, assistant professor of biology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and program officer in science education at the National Science Foundation, before she joined AAAS. Throughout her career, Dr. Malcom's work has focused on the increasing access and advancement of women, especially women of color, in science. She is a leader in efforts to improve the accessibility of education and careers in science and engineering for girls and women as well as Black, Indigenous, and Hispanic communities. Her inspiring work has led to numerous honors such as Sigma Xi Gold Key Award, the University of Washington’s Alumna Summa Laude Dignata Award, the UCLA Medal, and the Public Welfare Medal, the highest award of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences