Science, mathematics, and engineering faculty members play a critical role in the Gateway Science Workshop (GSW) program.
Faculty members develop the worksheet problems for each GSW peer-led session. Our experience shows that well-received workshop problems usually are:
- Conceptually focused.
- Appropriately challenging.
- Relevant to class material.
- Conducive to group discussion.
- Applicable to real life.
- "Progressive," starting with basic questions, then gradually moving to challenging conceptual ones.
Faculty have access to a "problem bank" to view problems used in the past.
Weekly Mentor Preparation Meetings
Faculty members meet weekly with student mentors to review the week’s material and prepare mentors to lead their groups.
In these meetings, faculty model the workshop style by guiding mentors through the worksheet problems, so that the mentors themselves are working out the answers. Faculty may provide background information, point out connections between concepts embedded in different questions, and emphasize important skills or knowledge that students should gain from the worksheet.
The weekly preparation meetings typically take one to two hours and are scheduled based on the availability of both the faculty and the facilitators.
Faculty involvement is an essential element of the GSW program. Therefore, we actively solicit the feedback of faculty involved with the program through interviews, advisory board meetings, departmental presentations, and other events.