MAST Institute

The Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) Institute, established in 1987, provides leadership and coordination for projects and programs to improve mathematics and science education, within the University, the state, and nationally.

The MAST Institute is situated in the College of Natural and Health (NHS), and collaborates with faculty from NHS's School of Biological Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Mathematical Sciences, and the Science Education Program. Faculty from the collaborating academic programs and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences participate in Institute projects, working in partnership with K-12 educators, faculty from other higher education institutions, government agencies, and business/community representatives.

MAST Institute Affiliated Faculty

Nearly fifty UNC faculty members in the College of Natural and Health Sciences and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences have been involved in MAST-related projects over the past twenty years. 

Growth of the Institute

Since its inception in 1987, the MAST Institute has grown by obtaining several million dollars from external funding for research, and through the pre-service and in-service training of teachers of mathematics and science of grades K-16 throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. The Institute has coordinated joint efforts among the departments of the University, other Colorado Institutes of Higher Education, and numerous school districts within state and region.

MAST Institute Goals

  • Prepare tomorrow's teachers
  • Enhance today's teachers
  • Facilitate faculty development
  • Support collaborative partnerships
  • Support research and development
  • Promote science & mathematics for all

 

News Highlights

UNC Awarded $2.2 Million to Help Recruit, Retain Teachers in Rural School Districts, December, 2016

The Colorado Department of Higher Education has awarded the University of Northern Colorado a $2.2 million grant that will be used over the next five years to help address teacher shortages in Colorado's rural school districts.

The Rural Educator Recruitment and Retention grant will fund the establishment and operation of the Center for Rural Education, which will be led by faculty from UNC's School of Special Education, School of Biological Sciences, and the MAST Institute. Dr. Harvey Rude (Special Education) serves as PI and Director of this center, and Dr. Rob Reinsvold (Biological Sciences) and Dr. Lori Reinsvold (MAST Institute) as Co-Directors. The center will focus on recruiting and retaining Colorado rural educators in high-need areas of science, mathematics, special education and cultural/linguistic diversity. For more information, contact Lori Reinsvold 

Article In Press

Cleveland, LM & Reinsvold, RJ (in press).  Development of oral communication skills by undergraduates that convey evolutionary concepts to the public.  Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education.   

NHS Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Group

The MAST Institute is pleased to host the 2017 NHS Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Group.  We will meet once a month on Wednesdays from 12:15 p.m. to 1:05.  Topics for discussion will include: Building Teaching Support, Practical Teaching Tips and Manuscript/Project Review. For inquires please contact Lacy Cleveland

Second Annual Higher Education Flipped Learning Conference

The Flipped Learning Academy and the MAST Institute will be hosting the Second Annual Higher Education Flipped Learning Conference on June 14-16, 2017.

This conference will allow higher education flipped classroom practitioners to exchange information, highlight faculty engaged in assessment of flipped classrooms, discuss professional development at the higher education level, and converse about the future of flipped learning in higher education.

The conference is for instructors, faculty, graduate students, instructional designers, and those facilitating professional development from universities, colleges, community colleges and any other post-secondary institution.  

Dr. Julie Sexton

Dr. Sexton has received the 2016 Journal of Geoscience Education Outstanding Reviewer Award. This Award celebrates outstanding peer-review contributions by reviewers of the Journal of Geoscience Education. She will be recognized at the National Association of Geoscience Teachers luncheon at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in September and in the November 2016 issue of the Journal of Geoscience Education. The award includes a plaque and a $100. 

Assessment Mini-Grant

Dr. Lacy Cleveland received a $1500 award for her project entitled "Developing and Validating a Survey to Uncover Students' and Faculty's Perceptions of Flipped Learning.”  Dr. Nissa Yestness will assist Dr. Cleveland on this project.

2017 Longs Peak Science & Engineering Fair (LPSEF)

Empowering students to engage in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics pursuits.

LPSEF is the only Colorado Science Fair serving Weld, Larimer, and Jackson County 5th - 12th grade students. Around 400 students entrants are anticipated at the 2017 LPSEF event striving to advance to higher-level competition at the state and international fairs. 

The event will be held February 14th at the Island Grove Event Center.

Panel of Women Scientists

The Association for Women Geoscientists and our UNC Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department invited Dr. Julie Sexton to serve on a panel of women scientists to share her career path with undergraduate and graduate students.  This Seminar class is held by the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department in Ross Hall. These speakers will share their career paths, successes, and obstacles.  The event will be held at 3:30 on February 23rd in Ross Hall. 

 

Calendar of Events

Tuesday     February 14, 2017 

2017 Longs Peak Science & Engineering Fair

Location: Island Grove Event Center

Time: All day event

Coordinated by:Lori Ball

Wednesday February 15, 2017 

NHS Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Discussion Group

Topic: Practical Teaching Tips – Come and Share your Best Teaching Ideas

Location: Ross Hall 2289

Time: 12:15 - 1:00

Workshop Facilitator:Lacy Cleveland

Thursday February 23, 2017 

 Panel of Women Scientists to Speak at UNC

Topic: Panel of women scientists will share their career paths, successes, and obstacles. 

Location: Ross Hall, room TBA

Time: 3:30 for snacks & beverages, 4:00 - 5:00 for speakers

Hosted by: The Association of Women Geosciences (AWG)

Wednesday   March 22, 2017

NHS Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Discussion Group

Topic: Manuscript/Project Review – Bring a copy of a current abstract, conference proceeding, or manuscript for others to review 

Location: Ross Hall 2289

Time: 12:15 - 1:00

Workshop Facilitator:Lacy Cleveland

Wednesday      April 19, 2017 

NHS Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Discussion Group

Topic: TBA

Location: Ross Hall 2289

Time: 12:15 - 1:00

Workshop Facilitator:Lacy Cleveland

 June 14 - 16, 2017

 Second Annual Higher Education Flipped Learning Conference 

Description: This conference will allow higher education flipped classroom practitioners to exchange information, highlight faculty engaged in assessment of flipped classrooms, discuss professional development at the higher education level, and converse about the future of flipped learning in higher education.

Location: University Center

Time: 9am Mountain Time on Wednesday, June 14th and commences at Noon on Friday, June 16th

Coordinated by: Nissa Yestness