We develop a variety of initiatives in collaboration with partners at Northwestern and other institutions. The list below describes our key partnerships.
Center for Education in Medicine and Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators (FAME)
The Center for Education in Medicine is home to the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators (FAME) and related educational research and faculty development efforts at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine. Check the Center's course listings for upcoming events. The Searle Center collaborates with the Center and with FAME on faculty development workshops and in the Searle Fellows program.
Northwestern University Ventures in Biology Education (nuViBE)
Funded by the Howards Hughes Medical Institute, the nuViBE program was created in 2011 to transform undergraduate education in the biological sciences. As part of nuVIBE, the Searle Center collaborated with faculty in the Program in Biological Sciences to create a more active, engaged learning environment in the introductory biology curriculum, and collaborated with University partners to develop the ongoing BioEXCEL and NU Bioscientist programs. The Searle Center also ran the evaluation for the nuVIBE program.
Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences (CLIMB)
The CLIMB program is a professional development program for bioscience PhD students. Participants develop advanced skills for collaborating, communicating, and conducting research across disciplines. The Searle Center evaluates the CLIMB program by measuring the impact of the program on students' research self-efficacy, research skills, and career plans.
Northwestern’s Online Writing Resources (NuWrite)
Developed and maintained by Northwestern's Writing Program, NuWrite provides materials about writing and teaching writing produced by Northwestern faculty. The Searle Center has provided evaluation support for NuWrite.
University Academic Advising Center (UAAC)
The UAAC focuses on pre-med/pre-health and general cross-college advising. In collaboration with UAAC, the Searle Center launched the Academic Mentoring Program in 2011.
Academic & Research Technologies (A&RT)
A department of Northwestern University Information Technology (NUIT), A&RT supports faculty in their roles as instructors and researchers. A&RT also provides access to educational technologies and various multimedia resources for the larger Northwestern community. The Searle Center works with A&RT to provide support for faculty on using technology to promote learning.
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, An-Najah National University
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at An-Najah National University, in Nablus, Palestine, seeks to impact teaching and learning at institutional, national, and international levels by facilitating the transition of the University to a learner-centered paradigm in teaching and research. The Director and Faculty Fellows of CELT are International Teaching Fellows at the Searle Center. This collaboration is part of the Palestinian Faculty Development Project, funded by a joint initiative among AMIDEAST (America-Mideast Education and Training Services, Inc.), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Open Society Institute.
The Critical Thinking Initiative in STEM (CTIS)/ City Colleges of Chicago
The CTIS program was a collaboration between the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) and the Searle Center to enhance critical thinking in undergraduate STEM courses at the two institutions. The program was generously funded by a Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science (TUES) grant from the National Science Foundation TNSF-funded program (DUE-0942404).