Title: "Teaching and Assessing Transferable Skills in STEM Classes"
Presenters: Erica Wehrwein, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology
John Zubek, Assistant Professor Department of Physiology
Abstract: An often ignored part of a holistic education program is the development of “soft skills” and “transferable skills” that will help our students with employment and career success. Regardless of career path, characteristics such teamwork, thinking critically, sound ethics and communication are important for success. Since college instructors are often a gateway to a student’s first career job, it is important that we understand our role in their professional development. In this presentation, we will explain why professionalism and transferable skills are important to teach, possible to incorporate, and assessable in a wide variety of college classroom types and sizes. Our focus will be sharing our experiences incorporating professional skills development into Physiology courses but the ideas are broadly applicable to other STEM courses and disciplines.
Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:15 and the workshop will start at 11:30.
Sponsored by Colleges of Natural Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engineering, and Lyman Briggs College.