Session S77 (Thursday, 9:30am, Life Sciences 009)

P921: cCWCS faculty networks and communities of scholars as components of faculty mentoring

David Collard (Georgia institute of Technology, USA), Patricia Hill (Millersville University, USA), Lawrence Kaplan (Williams College, USA), Cianán Russell (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA), Jerry Smith (Georgia State University, USA)

The Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops and Communities of Scholars (cCWCS) program (www.ccwcs.org) provides numerous opportunities for faculty development, networking and mentoring. Based on a long-running series of summer workshops, the program has developed a series of components to develop communities of scholars in which individual faculty may participate in a number of ways. Online communities make it easy to both contribute to and benefit from the collective expertise of the faculty network. There are numerous examples of faculty participants taking on increasing levels of leadership in the activities of the program. New initiatives include small grant programs to support dissemination projects and for implementation of new pedagogies and curriculum materials by community participants. cCWCS is sponsored by the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES) program as a “Type 3” project.

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