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 the full bibliography below for a complete list of projects, publications, and presentations related to diversity research.
Larger Funded Projects
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., & 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.