The Center for the Advancement of Liberal Arts and STEM
The Center for the Advancement of Liberal Arts and STEM (CALAS) at Fayetteville State University works with faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to develop promising practices to provide students with the interdisciplinary combination of soft and technical skills. The CALAS Center focuses its efforts on providing tools, resources, and support to faculty within the STEM and Liberal Arts field to integrate soft and technical skills to prepare future STEM leaders and professionals.
Support and Resources
The Center for the Advancement of Liberal Arts and STEM (CALAS) offers training seminars and workshops to support faculty in modifying their coursework. At these training sessions faculty will learn about current literature and other faculty experiences with implementing best practices to promote student development of soft and technical skills. See below for more information on how to register for a training seminar or workshop.
Dr. Joshua Murray: Promoting Technical skills within the Liberal Arts
Dr. Joshua Murray is a professor in the Department of English: Literature, Teaching, Pre-Law, and Creative & Professional Writing at Fayetteville State University. He currently is designing a research study that incorporates a software tool (Twine, a free, open-sourced software developed by Chris Klimas for the creation of interactive fiction) into several English courses to evaluate its effectiveness of promoting 21st century skills within his students. Upon completion of his study, Dr. Murray posits that his research will lead to increased levels of liberal arts student interest and engagement with STEM technical skills while also providing the skill development in an increasingly transdisciplinary world.
Dr. Ashley Holder & Dr. Bradley Mills: Integrating Technical Writing & Data Analysis in Education Courses
Dr. Bradley Mills and Dr. Ashley Holder are Assistant Professors in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Reading, and Special Education at Fayetteville State University. They will be conducting a study to examine the impact of incorporating data analysis and technical writing into education courses. The researchers will redesign SPED 647, SPED 460, and READ 316 to embed technical writing and data analysis skills. Upon completing this research, students will gain technical skills and data analysis skills to lead a more career-ready path. The researchers hope the results of this study will help create strategies for faculty to increase the use of technical writing and data analysis skills within other teacher education courses, as these skills are becoming more important within the field of education.
Dr. Jennifer Johnson: Promoting Liberal Arts Skills in the field of Nursing
Dr. Jennifer Johnson is an associate professor and the graduate program director in the School of Nursing at Fayetteville State University. She currently teaches NURS 602: Introduction to Population Health and Epidemiology, which is a 15-week graduate online course. This course focuses on principles and methods of epidemiology with an emphasis on critical thinking, analytic skill, and application to clinical practice and research. This Fall 2021 semester, Dr. Johnson will be redesigning this course to enhance the application of soft skills required in the field of public health nursing and epidemiology. Upon completion, students will demonstrate four key soft skills: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving in the advanced nursing role in public health epidemiology.
Ms. Crystal Edmonds: English to Promote Technical Skills
Ms. Crystal Edmonds is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of English: Literature, Teaching, Pre-Law, and Creative & Professional Writing at Fayetteville State University. This Fall 2021 semester, Ms. Edmonds will redesign English 120 to infuse technical writing skills that focus on research design and data analytics into this course. Her course redesign will require students to focus on areas related to healthcare or science. After completing this course, students will develop critical thinking skills to address issues in healthcare or science through research and technical writing skills.
The Center for the Advancement of Liberal Arts and STEM (CALAS) at Fayetteville State University will be seeking proposals to fund faculty initiatives that focus on promoting interdisciplinary instructional strategies across STEM and Liberal Arts disciplines. More specifically, we will fund research and/or course redesign initiatives that enhance the knowledge base for generating best practices for the intersection of soft and technical skill development for students.
Coming Soon! CALAS RFP Fall 2021 Funding Opportunities!