UCI Education Research Initiative (ERI) has a number of exciting opportunities in the coming months. For those interested in learning more about the ERI and joining our mailing list, please visit the ERI website

Shanna Smith JaggarsThe Education Research Initiative team is thrilled to bring out our next speaker in the ERI seminar series, Dr. Shanna Smith Jaggars, Assistant Vice Provost for Research and Program Assessment in the Office of Student Academic Success at The Ohio State University. Dr. Jaggars has an extensive research program at Ohio State examining topics like academic support programs, patterns of student academic progression and instructional improvement initiatives. Prior to assuming this role, she was the Assistant Director of the Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University. Her talk, Academic probation and recovery: Why do so many high-achieving students stumble during their first term at college, and what can we do about it?, will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, in the Engineering Colloquia Room (Engineering Hall 2430). This talk will discuss why students who were high-achieving in high school stumble in college, and how they experience academic probation within the context of a program currently piloted at Ohio State.

If you are interested in attending the talk or workshop, please RSVP here.

ERI Community Gathering Lunch

The Education Research Initiative Affiliates will get together for a community-building lunch on Monday, February 24 to discuss what is going in education research at UCI and how the education research initiative can support the needs of the campus. If you are interested in attending this lunch, please complete this form to become an ERI affiliate, and we will be in touch with you shortly regarding details.

ERI Sponsors Biology Education Research Conference SABER West 2020 at UCI

Biology Education Conference


The fourth annual SABER West meeting, a biology education research conference, was held this past January at UCI. The goals of SABER West include:

·     Increasing interactions among STEM educators and education researchers

·     Fostering collaborations between 2-year and 4-year institutions

·     Providing professional development to conduct education research and implement evidence-based teaching practices

The meeting was organized by ERI Directors Brian Sato and Adrienne Williams, as well as colleagues Stanley Lo (UC San Diego), Par Mohamadian (Los Angeles Mission College) and Justin Shaffer (Colorado School of Mines). The Education Research Initiative was also one of many sponsors of the event.

UCI’s Anteater Learning Pavilion served as the weekend home for the 250+ attendees including faculty, postdocs and graduate students. Attendees heard a keynote address from Dr. Mica Estrada (UC San Francisco) focused on broadening participation in STEM careers by creating more welcoming STEM environments, enjoyed workshops geared towards active learning, statistical methods and graduate student careers, and heard a variety of talks from researchers from across the country. Additional details, including talk and poster abstracts and authors, can be found at the conference website. SABER West is part of the international organization SABER (Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research), more of which can be found here.

ERI Affiliate Achievements

Each month, we aim to highlight accomplishments by ERI affiliated faculty.

Tenure-Track Appointment for Teaching-Oriented Faculty? The Impact of Teaching and Research Faculty on Student Outcomes. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Di Xu & Sabrina Solanki

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Characterizing the University of California’s tenure-track teaching position from the faculty and administrator perspectives. PLOS One. Ashley Harlow, Stanley M. Lo, Kem Saichaie, Brian K. Sato

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Effects of course modality in summer session: enrollment patterns and student performance in face-to-face and online classes. The Internet and Higher Education. Christian Fischer, Di Xu, Fernando Rodriguez, Kameryn Denaro, Mark Warschauer

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Does contractual form matter? The impact of different types of non-tenure-track faculty on college students’ academic outcomes. The Journal of Human Resources. Florence X. Ran & Di Xu

NSF Research Coordination Network (Undergraduate Biology Education) Grant: Creation of the Biology Education Intersegmental Collaborative (BEIC). Brian K. Sato, Stanley M. Lo, Kristine Callis-Duehl, Tara Giblin

BEIC Website

UCI Inclusive Excellence Spirit Award: Creating an HSI Multi-Campus Community of Culturally Responsive Teaching. Adrienne Williams

Inclusive Excellence Spirit Award Information

SABER West Professional Development Workshops (Jan 2020) SABER West program

Finding an Academic Career Path that is Right for You. Natascha Buswell Increase Participation in Collaborative Learning with Peer Evaluations. Laura Tucker Designing Education Research Studies for College Science Classrooms. Adrienne Williams

For more information about the Education Research Initiative, visit educationresearch.uci.edu