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Call for OUSTA Nominations

Nominate an excellent educator, including yourself, for the SCST Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award (OUSTA), our most prestigious award. Nominees are evaluated on teaching, scholarship, and service.

Due Oct 25, 2021

Call for National Conference Talk Proposals

Submit your proposal to give a talk at the National Meeting in Houston, TX, March 31 – April 3.

Congratulations, Ann Davis!

2021 OUSTA Winner

Congratulations to this year’s OUSTA winner, Ann Davis of Texas Woman’s University! Dr. Davis gave her Marjorie Gardner Lecture, Teaching Science with Heart, at the virtual 2021 SCST National Meeting.

Aditi Pai

Congratulations, Aditi Pai!

2020 OUSTA Winner

Congratulations to last year’s OUSTA winner, Aditi Pai of Spelman College!  Due to the cancellation of the 2020 conference, Dr. Pai gave her Marjorie Gardner Lecture, How to Prepare Students for Anything—A Just-in-Time Curriculum for Effective Science Education, at the virtual 2021 SCST National Meeting.

2021 SCST National Conference Recap

Our virtual 2021 SCST National Meeting was May 6 & 7. Thanks to all attendees, our OUSTA winners, and poster presenters! Posters are still viewable in our Gather poster room. No account or download required.

Why Grading is More Important than Teaching

At one time or another, most of us have quietly uttered the sentiment, “teaching would be great if only I didn’t have to do all of this grading.”  Giving a great lecture is energizing: Grading a giant batch of student work is exhausting.  Each and every day of...

A Collection of Great College Science Teaching Ideas from the Society of College Science Teachers Blog

The Society of College Science Teachers, an interdisciplinary affiliate of the National Science Teachers Association, is a membership-driven society of passionate college- and university-level science instructors who gather together to share and to learn about how to...

Posing Questions for Class Discussion

The key feature of any modern teaching approach is to ask questions.  To be sure, a pointed suggestion of asking some questions during a lecture might seem a tad silly.  However, the number of professors who actually pose non-rhetorical questions during their lecture...

Using Science Fiction to Teach Science

Have you been mulling over the idea of using science fiction films in your classes?  Science fiction in college STEM teaching seems like a natural fit—many students and professors enjoy modern science fiction films, contemporary special effects-laden action...

Teaching Science to American Students

Confused about what works teaching American college students? If you didn’t grow up in the U.S.—or go to an American-style university yourself—you might be deeply surprised at what today’s American students expect.  Alternatively, if you are teaching science at a...

How to Increase Your SOTL Publication Citation Rates

In the not so distant past, the guaranteed pathway to promotion and tenure at colleges and universities world-wide was to publish a long series of refereed journal articles.  This is especially true for faculty who have primary responsibilities in the domain...

How Much Math Should I Use in My Science 101 Course?

Many professors assigned to teach introductory science classes have some experience, or considerable experience, teaching introductory courses for majors. If you are one of those few lucky scientists who are assigned to teach the general survey course for non-majors,...

Best Practices for Teaching with Images in Class

Sharing beautiful pictures of nature with your students is key to helping students understand the aesthetic wonder of science, but just how does one make the best use of these gripping visual resources as possible? As a first step toward using images most effectively...

Finding the Best Images for My PPT-based Lectures

Aren't you abundantly thankful—fellow science professor--that you don’t teach accounting or finance classes? Those are fine disciplines, we’re sure. However, they don’t have nearly the array of inspiring nature-based images available for teaching that we have in...

Is it Possible to Motivate Non-Science College Students?

Although we all wish it were otherwise, your students have every reason to assume you’re not really coming to class each day to help them learn or that you will actually follow an obviously organized pathway to get them there. This is due in part to students having...

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