Faculty Resources

Pathways to STEM Careers Opportunities for Faculty 

As a faculty member, you can benefit from several opportunities offered by The Pathways to STEM Careers: A University-Community College-Industry Partnership grant program. One includes the option to request a research assistant. You can also be part of a Faculty Inquiry Group.

Faculty Inquiry Group 

The PSC project is devoted to providing faculty professional development opportunities for the exploration of culturally responsive teaching. Join a group of your colleagues to learn how to use your students’ cultural knowledge, prior experiences and learning preferences to enhance their learning, retention and STEM degree completion. Faculty members who teach undergraduate courses in STEM areas, including faculty members in teacher certification, are eligible to participate.

Group Goals

  • Build on their current curriculum and pedagogy to facilitate enhancing Hispanic and/or low income students’ critical thinking skills.
  • Explore learner-centered strategies and assessments known to enhance the retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students.
  • Develop an understanding of the experiences of first generation, Hispanic, and/or low income students and the impact of these experiences on their university success.

Time Commitment 

Faculty members will commit to 10 hours per month in the fall and in the spring semester. Meeting dates and times will be decided by the group. It is anticipated that the groups will meet twice a month.

Duties and Compensation 

As a member of the Faculty Inquiry Group, you will:

  • Explore the impact of students’ cultural identities on their school success.
  • Reflect on what they learned and potential impacts on their teaching.
  • Participate in a panel presentation for other UHCL faculty members to disseminate their findings.

Each faculty member will receive $500 at the end of the fall semester for fully participating in the group, and $700 at the end of the spring semester for fully participating, including the panel presentation.

If you’d like to participate in the Faculty Inquiry Group, please email Renee Lastrapes or Sharon Perkins Hall.


  • Pathways to STEM Careers

    Phone: 281-283-3642
    Fax: 281-226-7505

    Bayou Building 1321
    2700 Bay Area Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77058-1002