We are interested in how diversity of many kinds impacts student learning and student and teacher experience in the classroom.
Our research has looked at diversity in a number of ways, from how gender factors into facilitating small group work to possible ways to improve retention rates for underrepresented minorities in STEM courses.
See details on a few of our projects below, and view the full list of publications and presentations for all of our diversity-related projects.
Larger Funded Projects
Micari, M., & Pazos, P. (2014). Worrying about what others think: A social comparison–concern intervention in small learning groups. Active Learning in Higher Education, 15(3) 249–262. See publisher's website.
Micari, M., & Drane, D. (2011). Intimidation in small learning groups: The roles of social-comparison concern, comfort, and individual characteristics in student academic outcomes. Active Learning in Higher Education, 12, 175–187. See publisher's website.
Mwangi, E. M. (2010). Participatory deep learning in a diverse class on minority literatures. Multicultural Perspectives, 12(2), 91-96.
Evan Maina Mwangi (English) was a 2008-2009 participant in the Center's Searle Fellows Program.
Micari, M., & Drane, D. (2007). Promoting success: Possible factors behind achievement of underrepresented students in a peer-led small group STEM workshop program. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 13(3), 279–293. See publisher's website.
Micari, M., Pazos, P., & Hartmann, M. (2007). A matter of confidence: Gender differences in attitudes toward engaging in lab and course work in undergraduate engineering. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 13(3), 295–315. See publisher's website.
Streitwieser, B., & Light, G. (2011, May). The Erasmus citizen: Student conceptions of citizenship in the Erasmus Mobility programme. Presentation at the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
Streitwieser, B., & Light, G. (2009, March). Study abroad and the easy promise of global citizenship: Student conceptions of a contested notion. Presented at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC.
Micari, M., Van Winkle, Z., & Pazos, P. (2015, April). Among Friends: The Role of Academic Diversity in Individual Achievement Within a Small-Group Learning Environment. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association conference, Chicago.
Micari, M., & Flores, L. (2014, March). Improving academic performance & experience of underrepresented students: Comparing two programs at a selective institution. Poster presented at American Association of Colleges & Universities Network for Academic Renewal Working Conference (“Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Policy, Practice, Privilege”), Chicago, IL.
Lo, S., Swarat, S., Drane, D., Flores, L., & Light, G. (2013, April). Evaluation of students' first year experience after a summer-bridge program designed to promote diversity. Presentation at NARST Annual International conference, Rio Grande, PR.
Mohammad, A.K.T., Drane, D., & Light, G. (2012, February). Needs assessment and beyond in the setup of centers for teaching and learning excellence: An-Najah University center as a case study. Cyprus International Conference on Educational Research. Middle East Technical University, North Cyprus.
Drane, D., Light, G., Lim, E., Kecskes, K., & Spring, A. (2011, May). Searching for common ground: International & USA university partnerships for faculty development. International Institute on Partnerships, Portland State University, Portland, OR.
Pickard-Criswell, J., Shraim, K., Light, G., Mohammad, A., & Drane, D. (2011, October). Enhancing learning and teaching in the Middle East: A Palestinian- American collaboration. Paper presented at ISSOTL Conference 2011, Milwaukee, WI.
Streitwieser, B., & Wang, S. (2009, March). Understanding student conceptions of global citizenship. Presentation at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC.
Wang, S., Streitwieser, B., & Light, G. (2009, October). Student Conceptions of International Experience (SCIE). Presented at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) Annual meeting, Bloomington, IN.
Wang, S., & Boockmeier, B.W. (2008, November). International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Training. Presented at NAFSA Region V Conference, Lincolnshire, IL.
Wang, S. (2008, April). The transfer of training of the international teaching assistant (ITA) training. Paper presented at the Wisconsin Association of International Educators conference, Milwaukee, WI.