CAPER, NASA, NSF, and NSBP, along with a collection of collaborators, are hosting six teaching excellence workshops for college faculty. All of the workshops are focused on astronomy and the space sciences, and one is specifically designed for faculty who work with pre-service teachers.

Four of the workshops offer stipends for eligible faculty members, and all six workshops can provide either professional development certification or graduate credit.

Full information and registration for the workshops can be found on the CAPER website at:

A brief summary of the workshop schedule is listed here:

October 17-18, 2014 San Francisco, CA
Hosted by City College of San Francisco, this workshop will be held at the Chinatown/North Beach Campus, 4-7pm on Friday night and 9am-430pm on Saturday. The focus will be on next generation alternatives to lecture, and the cognitive science behind these innovations.
October 21-24, Curitiba, Brazil
As part of the Third National Symposium on Education in Astronomy, this workshop will focus on integrating modern astronomy data into classroom activities, in which students do astronomy.
November 9, 2014, Tucson, AZ
Just prior to the meeting of the AAS Division of Planetary Sciences, this 1-day workshop will be held from 9am-430pm at the Pima Community College West Campus. The focus will be on next generation alternatives to lecture, and the cognitive science behind these innovations.
January 3, 2015, San Diego, CA
As part of the meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, we will be holding two half-day workshops, “Reinvirogating ASTRO101 with Lecture Tutorials,” and “Engaging Two-Year College Students in Astronomical Inquiry.”
January 4, 2015, Seattle, WA
Just prior to the meeting of the AAS, we will hold two half-day workshops. From 9am-12pm the focus will be on next generation lecture alternatives, while the 1230pm-430pm session will focus on engaging students in science using astronomy data. The workshops will end in time to attend opening ceremonies at the AS meeting.
January 6-7, Portland, OR
As part of the meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Educators, this two-day workshop will focus research-based innovations that can be used in courses taken by pre-service teachers, including Astro 101.

Full information and registration for the workshops can be found on the CAPER website at:

If you have any questions related to the workshops, please contact me at:

Revitalizing Your Science Course: A NASA Funded College Teaching Excellence Workshop Focusing on Successfully Teaching a Wide Diversity of Students – Participatory Teaching Excellence Institutes for College and University Faculty

PRESENTERS:  Tim and Stephanie Slater, CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research; Rick Pomeroy, University of California-Davis; Debby Stork, University of Dubuque; Sophia Marshall, Tougaloo College, Mississippi, and Sharon Schleigh, Purdue Calumet among others.


April 5, 2014 at Hampton University [Hampton April 5 registration site], for National Society of Black Physicists NSBP from 9am-2pm in Hampton, VA

May 2-3, 2014 at Hampton University [Hampton May 2-3 registration site], for National Society of Black Physicists NSBP  starting Friday evening and running all-day Saturday in Hampton, VA

May 31-Jun 1, 2014 in Boston, MA before the American Astronomical Society conference [Boston Workshop Registration Site] – $250 stipend provided 
Jun 7-8, 2014 in Jackson, Mississippi at Tougaloo College [Sign up for Tougaloo Workshop]  – $250 stipend provided 
July 26 & 27, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN at the summer American Association of Physics Teachers Conference [sign up for workshops on AAPT website ]- two half-day workshops, details forthcoming . – Stipend provided to reimburse cost of AAPT Workshop Registration

November 8 & 9, 2014 in Tucson, AZ at Pima Community College – West Campus just prior to the AAS Division of Planetary Sciences Meeting [Tucson workshop registration link] – $250 stipend provided 

December 13-14, 2014 at City College of San Francisco – Chinatown Campus [San Francisco registration link] prior to the AGU American Geophysical Union conference – $250 stipend provided  

January 3 or 4, 2015 prior to the American Association of Physics Teachers conference in San Diego, CA will be one or two half-day workshops [sign-up at AAPT web site] – Stipend provided to reimburse cost of AAPT Workshop Registration

January 6 & 7, 2015 in Portland, Oregon just prior to the Association for Science Teacher Educators conference [sign up for Portland] – $250 stipend provided 

Early June, 2015 at Western Kentucky University – details forthcoming

Early August, 2015 in Hilo, Big Island, HI at CAPERCon15 conference  – includes guided summit & volcano tours [sign up to receive more information when available and check your spam junk folder for a confirmation]

For more information (or to edit your registration), please contact Tim Slater at the CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research, 604 S 26th. St., Laramie, WY  82070, Telephone: 520-975-1373; Fax: 866-374-5513; 

We are pleased to confirm and share that thesubmissions.  Articles can be on any topic that relates to educating students or the general public about astronomy.  These can include areas of study often designated as astronomy education or space science education, and even topics from allied fields such as physics, geoscience, math or history education, as long as the topic is found in an astronomy course or used to excite and inform people about astronomy.  Research articles can investigate astronomy in all grade levels, in undergraduate education (astronomy majors, teacher education, and general education courses or other domains where astronomy can be included, such as exobiology or cosmochemistry), graduate education, informal or free-choice education involving the general public taking place in dedicated facilities such as science centers and planetariums, and studies of astronomy in the media (newspapers, social media, etc.).  We actively seek articles from all across the world.

JRAEO will be published three times per year by Hermograph Press LLC (, the publisher of the practitioner magazine, The Classroom Astronomer (  For two months Hermograph has been preparing and ramping up this journal.  JRAEO already has submissions for its inaugural issue but there is still time to submit stories into that issue if they are ready now and in need of a home.  The deadline is March 19, 2014.  JRAEO intends to publish peer review research articles (Section A) and non-peer (Section B) articles that are news of the field, pertinent stories, research notes that are interesting but not yet peer-ready (“Field Observations”) and commentary (“Hypothesizing”).  Other sections may appear with time. JRAEO will appear like a printed scholarly publication but it will be published in digital form only.

JRAEO is edited by Drs. Lawrence Krumenaker ( and Kristine Larsen (  Dr. Krumenaker has deep roots in the astronomy education community, having been an astronomy and physics instructor since the 1980s.  His dissertation at the University of Georgia was entitled “The Status and Makeup of the Modern U.S. High School Astronomy Course in the Era of No Child Left Behind,” which generated articles in Astronomy Education Review, The Science Educator and The Planetarian.  Krumenaker has been in science writing and publishing since the 1990s as well as teaching astronomy in classes, and workshops around the world. He is well published in various journals of astronomy, science and computing and is the editor of The Classroom Astronomer.

JRAEO’s Assistant Editor, Dr. Larsen, is Professor in the Physics and Earth Science Department at Central Connecticut State University and serves as Faculty Coordinator of the Copernican Observatory and Planetarium.  Astronomy education and outreach have been the central focus of her decades-long career. Larsen’s scholarly work focuses on the intersections of science and society, especially science pedagogy and outreach, the history of women in science, misconceptions of science, and depictions of science in literature and film; her articles can be found Astronomy Education Review, The Planetarian, Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, The Antiquarian Astronomer, Mercury, American Journal of Physics, and Physical Review D.

Following the publishing of Issue 1, JRAEO will become a subscription-based publication.  More information can be found at .


A 2-Day Science Methods Teaching Excellence Workshop

December 7-8, 2013 in San Francisco, preceding the American Geophysical Union AGU Fall Meeting

January 14-15, 2014 in San Antonio, preceding the Association for Science Teacher Education ASTE International Conference

DESCRIPTION: The FINESSE Team provides 2-day interactive teaching excellence workshops for college and university faculty who prepare future science teachers to work with highly diverse student populations. These workshops focus on reforming and revitalizing undergraduate science teaching methods courses and Earth and Space science survey courses, such as ASTRO 101 and GEOL 101, that future teachers most often take. The goals are to enhance courses with contemporary pedagogies and data-rich problem-based learning approaches steeped in authentic scientific inquiry, which consistently demonstrate effectiveness with diverse students. Participants themselves will conduct mini-science data-rich research projects during the institutes using highly regarded approaches to inquiry using proven models that can be readily applied in your classes next semester. Most importantly, the Institute agenda allocates significant time to illustrating best practices for working with diverse students. Participants leave with a well-formulated action plan to reform their courses targeting future teachers to include more data-rich scientific inquiry lessons and to be better focused on improving science education for a wide diversity of students. Pre-registration is recommended and participants are encouraged to bring their personal laptop computers with MS Office (or OpenOffice) installed.

$250 STIPEND: Participants who are full-time college and university faculty who participate in the entire 2-day workshop are eligible to receive a $250 stipend to help subsidize some of their expenses for attending. The stipend will be paid approximately 8 weeks after the workshop.


Sophia Marshall, Tougaloo College, Mississippi

Rick Pomeroy, University of California – Davis

Debby Stork, University of Dubuque

Stephanie Slater, CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education Research

Tim Slater, University of Wyoming, among others


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Timothy F Slater, Ph.D.

University of Wyoming

Excellence in Higher Education

Endowed Chair of Science Education

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Andrea Urban

11 September, 2013 12:19

September 11, 2013

Read Discover article on Hollywood science writer Kevin Grazier yet?

18 June, 2013 01:20

June 18, 2013

Tim having trouble finding time 2prepare Thursday’s ‘Time Management Workshop for New Professors’ in CollegePark

28 May, 2013 18:38

May 28, 2013

Don’t miss hearing @Slater_Steph anie speak Aug 3-5 at Shoreleave <<…>>

3 May, 2013 13:12

May 3, 2013

Fantastic Non-Technical Astronomy YouTube Lectures for #ASTRO101 Available at from Silicon Valley Astro Club

1 May, 2013 21:09

May 1, 2013

Check out Tim Slater’s tell-all webinar on HOW TO HACK A CONFERENCE at


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