Wednesday, October 7, 2015

UTA Application Deadline: midnight on November 6th

SSTEP (Spelman's STEM Teacher Education Pipeline) Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) Application Form

General Information:
Spelman's STEM Teacher Education Pipeline (SSTEP) Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) position will allow students to gain an early experience in the STEM classroom. The role of a UTA can range from: working with small groups of students in classroom, teaching mini-lessons to the class, as well as providing tutoring sessions for students to attend.UTA Requirements:
•Applicant must be a freshman or sophomore Spelman STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) major interested in a career in secondary school science or mathematics education (Note: Depending on availability, juniors and seniors may also be accepted. First preference will be given to freshman and sophomore mathematics, chemistry, or physics majors).
• A U.S. citizen
•A minimum grade point average of 2.7.
•Receive a B or better in designated course for which the UTA will be assigned to for the semester (exemption by the placement test or transfer credits are also acceptable).
UTA Responsibilities:
•Bi-weekly reflections on classroom experiences
•Hold weekly tutoring hours for students
•Meet with faculty mentor 3 times a semester
•Attend designated class sessions at least twice a week
•Meet as a group with the other UTAs twice a semester
(Reduced responsibilities for those who are taking EDU206 Orientation to Education)
Application Components:
•Completed application form (form is available below)
•One copy of applicant's unofficial academic transcript (If freshman, provide midterm grades for Fall 2014 accessible through Banner)
Stipend: $1500 for Spring 2016 semester

Saturday, October 3, 2015

pre-UTAs in Diversity Summit hosted by Education Studies Program

The pre-UTAs had a good time at the Diversity Summit today.
Big thanks to Educational Studies Program and Young Harris faculty and participants.
It's our hope that students will walk out of the summit and think of diversity in education differently!

Professor  Brown and her "elephant" activity

Professor Richardson and her gender equity session

Professor Wever and his personal journey activity

Ms. Gordon posed a question for the keynote speaker about equity.

Teaching Opportunities for Spelman Seniors

Dear Senior Spelmanites,

I have received increasing inquiry about the opportunities for advanced educational degree after graduation. Here are some opportunities you might want to consider:

1. Woodruff Wilson Teaching Fellowship:
    Some of you could be the perfect fit for the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, a pioneering program that prepares outstanding teachers for the schools that need them most.
    The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, now offered in Georgia, Indiana and New Jersey, recruits current seniors, recent grads, and alumni with backgrounds in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to teach in high-need secondary schools. Fellows receive a generous stipend ($30,000-32,000) to complete a master's degree program that includes a full school year of experience in local high-need classrooms. In turn, you commit to teach for three years in high-need secondary urban or rural schools. You also get mentoring and support from both your universities and your schools throughout their three-year commitment.

    I will encourage you to apply early—it’s a very competitive process. The 2015 Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program offers three application deadlines: October 16, 2015 (Round 1); November 30, 2015 (Round 2); and January 31, 2016 (Round 3). They also offer webinars throughout the year for those interested in learning more about the program. You can learn more at
2. Project Inspire (
    The benefits:
    1. Earn a Master's in Curriculum & Instruction plus a teaching license in 15 months.
    2. A highly competitive living stipend during the residency year ($22,100); for four years, earn $10,000 teaching stipend ON TOP OF your salary while fulfilling program commitment.
    3. Receive four years of coaching support and professional development.

    Candidacy Process:  Apply online and submit required materials. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis monthly. Review dates for 2015-2016 are: October 2, November 1, November 30, December 15 (winter selection) and February 1, March 1 (spring selection)

3. UC Irvine-Summer Education Research Internship-HBCU (Deadline October 25th, 2015)
1. 8 weeks educational research opportunity in UC, Irvine (Stipend $4000 with room and board)
2. Applicants must:
  • be full-time students in their senior year at Spellman College or Jackson State University
  • be interested in pursuing a graduate degree in an area related to education research
  • have an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher

3. Application
To apply, please follow the instructions below. All materials (except for the application form under #1, which you will submit online) must be submitted by October 25th to the following email address:
    1. Complete and submit the application for summer 2016 form here
    2. Submit a curriculum vitae or resume
    3. Submit unofficial transcripts
    4. Ask a  faculty member at your institution to submit a letter of recommendation for you. Please have the faculty fill in this formand email the letter to Dr. Rossella Santagata
    5. Submit recommendation waiver (use this form
    6. Submit a personal statement explaining why you are interested in the SERI program. The statement should not exceed two typed, double-spaced pages, 12 pt. font and should include the following: educational goals, research interests, prior research experience (if applicable), and future professional and personal objectives. Also, please indicate if you have any particular experiences that qualify you to work with specific faculty mentors and any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation, potential, and aptitude for graduate studies.Up to five student interns will be selected to participate in the program. Finalists and wait-listed students will be notified by November 15, 2015.

Again, feel free to email me if you need further advise: or schedule an appointment with me. I will be happy to assist you in the application process.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Make SURE you're shinning in the field.

In the second week of the Summer Undergraduate Research Educator (SURE) program, these confident ladies are placed in the Atlanta Public School (APS) summer program in midtown Atlanta.
These SUREs are able to implement their math/science activities with the 9th-graders in Summer Academy.

They are making progress gradually and surely!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

[Hiring] STEM Education Graduate Assistant

Position Job Title: Graduate Assistant for STEM education
Program: Capacity Building: Spelman's STEM Teach Education Pipeline (SSTEP)
Supervisor of this position: Shannon Hsianghan-Huang Sung (email:

Job Duties and Qualifications

The graduate student, during the academic year to work from 5-15 hours per week ($15/hour, maximum 20 hours/week during summer) for the duration of the program period. The student will be involved with:

1) Help with the development of survey and data analysis:
     Survey development (e.g., research-based item construction; Google document, Doodle Poll, upload the information to Dropbox; web-page maintenance)    
     qualitative (e.g., transcribing files into texts, Moodle data analysis)
     quantitative data analysis (e.g., basic descriptive data analysis by using SPSS);
2) Search for research articles relevant to the project (e.g., annotated bibliography)
3) Compile supplementary media resources to demonstrate instructional strategy;
4) Participate in the activities with UTAs and SUREs;
5) Assists the Project Manager with overall logistics of the SSTEP program (e.g., recruiting project participants, coordinating meetings with participating school district, and occasional observation of cooperating teachers, mentors, and mentoring sessions).

Please attach your CV to this website:
or send your CV to with the file title: LastName.pdf (e.g., Sung.pdf)

STEM Undergraduate Research Educator (SURE) Program will kick off June 1st , 2015

SSTEP program had recruited 9 freshman and sophomore math and science majors to transition from the role of undergraduate teaching assistant (UTA) to become STEM Undergraduate Research Educator (SURE).

Here are some photos taken during the UTA's mini-teaching sessions in the designated classrooms they served as peer tutors. Thanks to the mentors who agreed to spare some class time for the UTAs to enact their lesson plan in class.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Summer Undergraduate Research Educator (SURE) program recruit!

Dear STEM Majors,

We are recruiting 10 students to work with 9th-graders in June.
If you're not sure whether becoming math or science teacher is the right thing for you,
this SURE program will serve as excellent opportunity for you to have direct impact on student learning.

Start filling out the application online

Don't hesitate to email Dr. Shannon Sung @ if you have any questions!

Friday, January 30, 2015

UTA kicks off

The Spelman's UTAs began their first week observation from Jan. 26th.
The STEM Undergraduate Research Educator (SURE) Summer Program application will be announced soon!