SFES: Science Faculty with Education Specialties

Efforts to improve science education include university science departments hiring Science Faculty with Education Specialties (SFES), scientists who take on specialized roles in science education within their discipline. Although these positions have existed for decades and may be growing more common, few reports have investigated the SFES approach to improving science education. SEPAL Director Kimberly Tanner, in collaboration with a team of five other faculty researchers, conducts research on the SFES phenomenon.

SFES Research Team:

Publications:

  • Bush, S.D., Stevens, M.T., Tanner, K.D., and Williams, K.S. Origins of Science Faculty with Education Specialties: Hiring Motivations and Prior Connections Explain Institutional Differences in the SFES Phenomenon, BioScience 67: 452–463 , 2017pdf
  • Bush, S.D., Rudd II J.A., Stevens, M.T., Tanner, K.D., Williams, K.S. Fostering Change from Within: Influencing Teaching Practices of Departmental Colleagues by Science Faculty with Education Specialties. PLoS ONE, 1-20, 2016. pdf
  • Bush, S.D., Pelaez, N.J., Rudd, J.A., Stevens, M.T., Tanner, K.D., and Williams, K.S. Misalignments: Challenges in Cultivating Science Faculty with Education Specialties in Your Department, BioScience 65 (1):81-89. January (2015)pdf
  • Bush, S.D., Pelaez, N.J., Rudd, J.A., Stevens, M.T., Tanner, K.D., and Williams, K.S. Widespread distribution and unexpected variation among science faculty with educations specialties (SFES) across the United States. Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences of the United States of America, Early Edition, 2013. pdf
  • Bush, S.D., Pelaez, N.J., Rudd, J.A., Stevens, M.T., Tanner, K.D.*, and Williams, K.S. Investigations of Science Faculty with Education Specialties within the Largest University System in the United States. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 10(1): 25-42, 2011. pdf
  • Bush, S.D., Pelaez, N.J., Rudd, J.A., Stevens, M.T., Tanner, K.D., Williams, K.S., Science Faculty with Education Specialties. Science, Vol. 322(5909): 1795 – 1796, December 19 2008. pdf
  • Bush, S.D., Pelaez, N. J., Rudd, J.A., Stevens, M.T., Williams, K.S., Allen, D.E., and Tanner, K.D., On Hiring Science Faculty with Education Specialties (SFES) for Your Science (Not Education) Department. CBE-Life Sciences Education, Vol. 5(4): 297-305,  2006. pdf