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:

  1. Increase the number and diversity of the pool of graduate students and qualified professionals pursuing a teaching career in STEM at 2-year colleges;
  2. Expand and strengthen the skills of future, early-career and current STEM faculty to teach the diverse student population.

Current partners (and contacts):

Quinsigamond Community College (Adrienne Linnell)
Worcester State University (Daron Banard)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Rory Flinn)
Clark University (Ellen Eck)

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.

Program Components:
– (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!