Texas Tech University

STEM Teaching, Engagement & Pedagogy (STEP) Program


About STEP

The STEM Teaching, Engagement and Pedagogy (STEP) Program is designed to encourage research-focused STEM faculty to become more knowledgeable about Evidence-Based Instructional Practices (EBIPs) and to support the implementation of targeted strategies borne out of this type of research.

The goals of this project are to train and support STEM faculty in the use of EBIPs from course conception and development through classroom implementation and ultimately dissemination through publication.  We project improved STEM student retention and achievement, as well as, improved student feedback about the instruction provided within their degree programs.

In Fall 2016, the STEP Program welcomed 16 STEM faculty from across TTU, surveyed over 1,800 students and hosted over 200 faculty and instructors in pedagogical workshops from across TTU.  Additional outputs from the first year pilot included: four posters presented at national STEM conferences, two grant proposals and multiple projects to contribute to the Scholarship on Teaching and Learning (SoTL).

STEP Program Joins National Conversation

  • 2018 Network of STEM Education Centers (NSEC) National Conference, Ken Griffith and Suzanne Tapp
  • 2017 Network of STEM Education Centers (NSEC) National Conference, Ken Griffith and Suzanne Tapp
  • 2017 Gordon Research Conference on UG Biology Education Research (UBER), Ken Griffith and Suzanne Tapp
  • 2017 BioQuest Curriculum Consortium, Lauren Gollahon, Ken Griffith & Suzanne Tapp
  • 2017 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), Sheima Khatib, Ken Griffith & Suzanne Tapp

Benefits of STEP

  • Receive personalized Quantitative/Qualitative Instructional Feedback
  • Join a network of STEM Pedagogical Specialists
  • Obtain acknowledgement of Program Participation for P&T Dossier
  • Receive a $1,500 stipend  

Program Requirements

2017-2018 Faculty Fellows in the STEP program should have a teaching appointment for both Fall, 2017 and Spring, 2018.  Fellows will work directly with a Faculty Pedagogical Specialist with a successful track record of balancing excellent teaching and a successful research program.  The fellowship also includes:

  • one-on-one consultations (follow-up meetings for below)
    • instructor videotaping (min. of 1 per semester facilitated by STEP consultant)
    • peer observations (min. of 1 per semester)
    • qualitative/quantitative mid-semester student feedback (1 per semester facilitated by STEP consultant)
  • literature review (attendance at several journal clubs throughout the semester)
  • STEM-specific teaching and learning workshops (3 per semester)
  • optional development of a teaching and learning research project specifically geared toward your classroom.  

Participation in the STEP Program is estimated to require approximately 16 hours (1hr./wk) of the fellows' time per semester. If you have questions about the STEP Program email Dr. Ken Griffith at ken.griffith@ttu.edu

STEP Fellowship Application

To be considered for a STEP Fellowship, we request that you fill out a very brief web form and submit the following documents via email, to Ken Griffith.  Applications for the 2019-2020 cohort will open in early August 2019. 

  • Teaching Philosophy Statement
  • 1 Page Statement of Interest
    • Requested components:
      • Motivation for participating in the STEP Program
      • How have you incorporated previous feedback regarding your teaching?
      • Examples of current techniques and/or technologies you use in the classroom.
    • Optional components:
      • Goals as a teacher
      • Areas for future growth
      • Past experiences

 Apply to the STEP Program




Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center