What is SIP?
The goal of the Science Infusion Program (SIP) is to create collaboration between Science and English Professors to promote science as a context in English classes (recommended for ALP, EBS and WRT101 classes) and writing support for the science classes. The successful 2012/2013 Science Literacy Series Pilot program utilized Food Safety/Food Poisoning topics as a context in EBS classes and a wide range of science topics in ALP classes. The Science Infusion Program is a spinoff of the Science Literacy Series Pilot and was developed to expand faculty participation and facilitate individualized programs.
What will you do?
Interested faculty will establish a SIP faculty partnership (English/Science Faculty) for the upcoming semester and then develop a plan to use a science theme in the English class and writing support in the science class (optional). During the semester the SIP faculty partners will implement their SIP plan. Please see “Examples of Successful Faculty Partnerships” for summaries of the use of science as a context in the Science Literacy Series. See SIP Planning by Faculty Partners for ideas for science themes in English classes and writing support in science classes. For more information on using science as a context in writing classes click on Contextualized Learning, which contains references on contextualization with specific references on the use of science context in English classes.
If you are interested in exploring opportunities in the SIP program fill out the form at Sign Up for SIP and then browse the list of interested faculty for a partner with similar interests in science.
Who can participate?
STEM and English (recommended for ESL, EBS and WRT101 classes) faculty can participate in the Science Infusion Program.
- Planning with SIP English partner. The time spent in the planning process should be completed prior to the semester in which the SIP project is executed. The planning process can be time consuming because you will be creating a way to communicate effectively with English classes and the topics may be science based but also potentially including humanitarian or ethical issues. Please consider this an investment of your time when you begin a SIP project because you may be able to modify your SIP project in the future.
- 2 hours in the English classroom + 2 hours beyond class time (4 total hours) for science support
- Maximum Total Payment=1.0 credit for participation in the SIP Pilot.
- Planning with SIP Science partner. The time spent in the planning process should be completed prior to the semester in which the SIP project is executed. The planning process can be time consuming because you will be creating some new science based material for your course. English faculty will also need to outline and communicate to the science faculty the science information they would like to be addressed. Please consider this an investment of your time when you begin a SIP project because you may be able to modify your SIP project in the future.
- 2 hours in the science classroom + 2 hours beyond class time for writing and/or reading support. (SIP English support was recently extended for the English faculty to provide writing and or reading support based on the needs of the science faculty).
- Maximum Total Payment=1.0 credit for participation in the SIP pilot.
Please note that the SIP is flexible. English faculty A can elect to participate in the planning and invite the science faculty B to participate in the English class for science support without spending time doing writing support in the science classroom. Payment would then reflect the hours spent planning for .5 credits for English faculty A and 1.0 credit for science faculty B, which included both planning and classroom visitation. SIP Science faculty must visit the English classroom to participate in the SIP program.
SIP faculty payment will be paid during the planning semester prior to the semester they are teaching a SIP class. SIP partners complete their planning in the Winter semester prior to the Spring semester SIP course or Summer 3 semester prior to the Fall semester SIP course.