Wayne State University


$3 million NSF grant to transform STEM learning at Wayne State University


                                   SSTEP 2017-2018

The Wayne State University Office for Teaching and Learning will participate in a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance an institutional transformation project aimed at incorporating innovative teaching approaches in STEM courses.  

The five-year grant is for a project titled "Student Success Through Evidence-based Pedagogies (SSTEP)." It will fund a range of competitive department-based awards of up to $100,000 each. Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in successful departments will collaborate on transforming courses to incorporate more evidence-based, student-centered teaching and learning methods on campus. 

"This grant will have a remarkable impact on our teaching approaches across campus and will ultimately improve the academic success of our students," said Andrew Feig. "The NSF is investing in us to demonstrate that these types of institutional grants can help us provide better outcomes for our students and serve as a model for improving STEM education nationwide."  

Andrew Feig (chemistry) is leading the SSTEP grant as principal investigator with co-principal investigators Robert Bruner (mathematics); Peter Hoffmann (physics); Karen Myhr (biology); and, Mathew Ouellett (Office for Teaching and Learning). The award number for the SSTEP NSF grant is 1524878

This award continues work begun with the WSU NSF-WIDER grant (2013 - 2015). The original grant was a self-study of teaching practices used in WSU classrooms and an exploration of the opportunities and barriers toward the implementation of interactive, student-centered pedagogies on campus. 

Propsals for 2017 projects were due February 8, 2017.

The SSTEP Grant Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 winners:


I CAN Orgo ($51,636)
Jennifer Stockdill, Chemistry
Mary Kay Pflum, Chemistry

CSC 2200 Course Reform: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices to Create a Student-Centered Learning Environment ($40,860)
Daniel Grosu, Computer Science
Alexander Kotov, Computer Science

ALERT - Active Learning in Engineering Technology ($89,688)
Mukasa Ssemakula, Engineering Technology
Ana Djuric, Engineering Technology
Mohsen Ayoobi, Engineering Technology