The goal of the Worcester/Central MA ASPIRE Regional Collaborative is to increase and support the success of students of color in our region by developing inclusive and diverse STEM faculty. This initiative builds upon several on-going collaborations among QCC, WSU, WPI, and Clark University fostered by the Central MA STEM Network (CMSN) Ecosystem. To complete the continuum of preparing PreK-12 teachers, 2-year faculty, and 4-year teaching faculty, this ASPIRE-RC focuses on building the capacity for 2-year faculty from underrepresented groups (URG) in STEM in the Worcester area.
Regional Collaboratives (RC) are networks of geographically related 2- and 4-year institutions. Currently there are ASPIRE regional collaboratives in California, Iowa, and Texas. In this model, institutions work together to share and develop programs and experiences that work towards two primary goals:
- Increase the number and diversity of the pool of graduate students and qualified professionals pursuing a teaching career in STEM at 2-year colleges;
- Expand and strengthen the skills of future, early-career and current STEM faculty to teach the diverse student population.
2022-23 ASPIRE-RC Program
Developing Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty
Five ASPIRE Fellows will be selected to be in a yearlong program (2022-23) to learn and practice teaching diverse learners at a community college. Selected ASPIRE Fellows will receive a QCC faculty mentor and a $500 stipend/semester.
ASPIRE-RC held an information session for the 2022-23 program on April 20th, 2022. Watch the recording below to learn about the ASPIRE mentored STEM faculty training program for teaching at community college.
– (free) Pedagogy course
– Monthly teaching workshops
– Teaching experiences
Who can apply?
– Graduate students and post docs
– STEM students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply
QCC Faculty Panel
On October 28, 2021, we held a virtual event, Teaching to Shape the Future of STEM. Five QCC faculty shared their path, experiences, and advice about teaching at community colleges. Watch the recording below. See this flyer for more information on our speakers!
- Jobs at MA Community Colleges
- Career Development Resources (from CA Regional Collaborative)
- Resources for Future Community College Teaching Careers (from ASPIRE)
- Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)
- UCLA Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) Teaching Guides
- Inclusive Teaching (from ASPIRE)
- Should you consider a community college career? – (American Journal of Physics article by Andria Schwortz)
- How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive – (Advice guide from the Chronicle of Higher Education)