Our Mission

Our mission is to support global STEM education and innovation in order to change the lives of faculty and students.
With our global partners, we work to improve classroom teaching and learning environments. Providing transformative classroom experiences for students ensures that they stay in STEM fields, and opens doors to future opportunities.

Our teaching programs are designed for STEM faculty, post-docs, or graduate students to practice cutting-edge teaching techniques, which they can immediately implement in classrooms. We offer customized programs varying in length from one-day workshops to week-long trainings. These include sessions on how to create 21st century learning environments, improve diversity, engage more students, and increase the understanding of how science communication techniques boost learning.

Global STEM Education Program Staff

Elly Vandegrift is the program director for Global Science Education Initiatives. She has been a higher education biology instructor for 18 years and has led science education professional development for more than a decade. She has facilitated STEM education and communication workshops at the University of Oregon and across the world with partners such as Nagoya University and Mohammed Al-Mana College of Health Sciences. As recognition of her teaching excellence, Elly has received four pedagogy awards selected by her peers, including: the inaugural 2019 UO Biology Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for outstanding contributions; the 2017 UO Thomas F. Herman Award for Specialized Pedagogy; the 2016 UO Williams Fellow for Teaching Excellence; and the 2015 Association for the Study of Food and Society Pedagogy Award.

Elly served as co-chair of the Steering Committee and a member of the leadership team for the Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching (now the National Institute on Scientific Teaching), an organization that provides evidence-based teaching professional development for current and future faculty. She is a co-principal investigator on an Association of American Universities (AAU) STEM mini-grant to improve alignment of STEM courses across the University of Oregon.

Previously, Elly led the University of Oregon Science Literacy Program to support curricular and pedagogical reform to make science interesting, engaging, and relevant for all students. She has directed the university’s Alan Alda for Communicating Science Affiliate program, and co- founded the Provost’s Teaching Academy. Elly graduated from Earlham College and completed graduate work at Oregon State University. She is the author of several articles about STEM education reform and professional development.


Selected Articles:

Vandegrift EVH, Cavanagh AJ. 2019. Building student literacy and metacognition through reading science in the news. CourseSource. https://doi.org/10.24918/cs.2019.37.

Hocker AD, Vandegrift EVH. 2019. Structuring Courses for Equity. CourseSource. https://doi.org/10.24918/cs.2019.44

Vandegrift, EVH, AB Mulnix, JR Yates, SR Chaudhury. 2018. Workshopping a Workshop: Collaborative Design in Educational Development. To Improve the Academy 37(2), 207-227. https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/xmlui/handle/1794/25323


Faculty Advisory Board

Samantha Hopkins Associate Professor of Earth Sciences and Clark Honors College
Santiago Jaramillo Assistant Professor of Biology
Ben McMorran Associate Professor of Physics