An announcement from APLU:

With funding from the Helmsley Trust, AAAS and APLU held a meeting of discipline-based education researchers (DBER) in November 2016 to discuss building a cross-DBER community of scholars. You can read more about the inaugural meeting here.

From that conversation emerged a vision for a cross-disciplinary STEM DBER community that will advance and disseminate knowledge and theory that promote learning and success for all students across STEM fields. This community will address complex, cross-cutting research questions as well as issues that arise in individual disciplines and can best be understood and addressed with theories that transcend disciplines. At its core, this STEM DBER community will focus on undergraduate learning and teaching at 2- and 4-year colleges and universities, with links to K-12 and graduate education. STEM is broadly defined to include social and behavioral sciences.

  • You can join the conversation by joining the STEM DBER Alliance. Just send Kacy Redd an email at expressing interest. Please share this opportunity with your DBER colleagues.
  • We will be continuing this conversation with DBER scholars at the TRUSE 2017 Conference, July 5-9.


Shirley Malcom
Head, Education and Human Resources
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Erin L. Dolan, Ph.D.
Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Georgia Athletic Association Chair for Innovative Science Education
Editor-in-Chief, CBE – Life Sciences Education
University of Georgia

Noah Finkelstein
Professor, Department of Physics
Director, Center for STEM Learning, CU
President’s Teaching Scholar, University of Colorado
Co-director, Network of STEM Education Centers (NSEC)

Scott Franklin, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Physics & Astronomy
Director, Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning & Evaluation
Rochester Institute of Technology

Charles Henderson, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Physics and Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Senior Editor, Physical Review – Physics Education Research
Co-Director, Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education
Western Michigan University

Chris Rasmussen
Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7720

Kacy Redd, PhD
Assistant Vice President, Science & Mathematics Education Policy,
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
Co-director, Network of STEM Education Centers
1307 New York Ave, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005-4722

Kristen St. John, PhD
Professor, Department of Geology and Environmental Science
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Geoscience Education
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807