SENCER Center for Innovation




About SCI-South

SCI-South initiatives are open to participants around the U.S. but are primarily designed to address the needs and interests of individuals in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

The SCI-South group has broad expertise among its members, but has a particular interest in the environment, conservation biology, sustainability, interdisciplinary science education, undergraduate research, SENCER and science major courses, pre-med curricula, exportable course modules, international collaborations, large curricular revisions, and assessment. SCI-South leadership is available to consult with universities and colleges interested in promoting SENCER-related curriculum and programming on their campuses.

About the Host Institution:

University of North Carolina at Asheville

The University of North Carolina at Asheville is the host institution for SCI-South. UNC Asheville is North Carolina's designated public liberal arts institution, and embraces creative expression, the centrality of learning, rigorous undergraduate scholarship, exemplary teaching, and an informed commitment to serving the community.

In addition to offering SENCER courses for both science and non-science majors, UNCA applies the SENCER philosophy to its Integrative Liberal Studies (ILS) Topical Clusters, in which each of our students is required to complete three courses (natural science, social science, and an elective) from a list of courses focused on an important societal topic.


Past Symposia

SCI-South Fall 2015 Meeting

October 15-16, 2015

UNC Asheville

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2014 SENCER Summer Institute

July 31 - August 4, 2014

University of North Carolina Asheville
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SCI - South Research Week Sessions

April 17, 2014

Auburn University
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SCI - South March 2014 Workshop

March 27, 2014

Auburn University

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SENCER Workshop at Research Week

Auburn University

April 4, 2013
As part of Research Week 2013, a day-long session for students, faculty, and staff on the approach, strategies, and resources developed by SENCER was hosted on April 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The session was led by Robert Holm, Assistant Director, Office of Sponsored Programs and Edward Katz, Associate Provost, University of North Carolina, Asheville. Attendees learned how with support from the National Science Foundation and in collaboration with hundreds of educators, academic leaders, students, and experts in assessment and cognitive theory, SENCER has established a community of practice for improving learning in science, mathematics, and other cross-curricular courses. Attendees were encouraged to participate in discussions facilitated by the co-founder of SENCER and faculty from the southeast who have created SENCER courses and larger-scale curricular projects that connect science and mathematics learning to real-world challenges.

SENCER Summer Institute

University of North Carolina at Asheville (NC), July 2010

Winter Symposium

University of North Carolina at Asheville (NC), January 2009

Conversations on Engagement: Civic and Otherwise

Oglethorpe University (GA), April 2008

Leadership Council Planning Meeting

University of North Carolina at Asheville (NC), March 2008



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Upcoming Symposia

SCI-South Fall 2016 Meeting

October 28-29, 2016

Lipscomb University

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Susan Reiser

Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Dr. Edward Katz

Associate Provost and Dean of University Programs, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Dr. Keith Krumpe

Dean of Natural Sciences, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Leadership Council

Dr. Pearl Fernandes

University of South Carolina Sumter

Dr. Ellen Goldey

Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Sally Wasileski

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Dr. John Pratte

Arkansas State University

Dr. Keith Aufderheide

Oglethorpe University

Dr. Sherryl Broverman

Duke University

Dr. Theo Koupelis

Broward College

Dr. Rosalie Richards

Georgia College & State University

Dr. Jay Labov

National Research Council

Dr. Julia Metzker

Georgia College & State University

Dr. Autumn Marshall

Lipscomb University