Faculty & Staff

Professor Cheryl Resnick chosen to participate in National Science Foundation project

Cheryl Emerson Resnick (Math/Science/Engineering) has been chosen to participate in the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Faculty as Change Agents: Transforming Geoscience Education in Two-year Colleges project. The four-year project, part of NSF’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education portfolio, will provide a series of professional development activities designed to help community college geoscience faculty improve the success of their students.

Resnick will team with Prof. David Voorhees at Waubonsee Community College to work with community college geoscience faculty in the north-central Illinois region to support student success and transfer, improve active teaching techniques, and enhance student pathways into geoscience careers. In addition to the faculty in north-central Illinois, the project will support teams of community college faculty in nine other regions of the US. The project will advance knowledge and understanding of effective professional development for faculty that promotes a cycle of innovation, where faculty learn from the research base and the work of others, make changes in their own practice, and share their results.

Nationwide, the project will impact more than 250,000 students, helping to meet the nation’s demands for a well-trained geoscience and STEM workforce as well as supporting the scientific literacy needs of our country.

“Teaching science, particularly Earth Science, in the community college is challenging. The diversity of backgrounds and motivations of student is huge. However, addressing the great challenges of our society requires solid understanding of the planet we live on” said Dr. Eric Baer of Highline College who is part of the project. “This program will address that critical need and is important not just for our region, but as a model for others across the country.”