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Abstract Title: Investigating the evolution of partnerships between physics faculty at Two-Year Colleges and Four Year Universities
Abstract: Partnerships and collaborations between institutions are often complex and involve initiating and negotiating roles that are often changing and rarely made explicit.  Physics faculty at three two-year colleges (TYCs) and a public four-year university (FYU) in Chicago have been engaged in a multi-year collaboration that has focused on (1) curriculum development, implementation and assessment and (2) development of  STEM Learning Assistant (LA) programs that build on the specific needs, expertise, and resources of the different faculty and institutions.
           We use this particular context to illustrate the successes, challenges, and tensions that can exist in this type of partnership as members negotiate their roles within the collaborative and to discuss how and why collaborations may evolve.  We pay particular attention to the roles internal and external factors play in this evolution and highlight implications for TYC/FYU partnerships.

Partially supported by the APS PhysTEC Program, NSF DUE# 0632563,  and NSF DUE# #1524829.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Geraldine L. Cochran
Rutgers University
Douglass Project
50 Bishop Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 919-802-0884
and Co-Presenter(s)
Andrea G. Van Duzor, Chicago State University
Mel S. Sabella, Chicago State University
Brian Geiss, Chicago State University