SENCER Symposia



Each year, SENCER offers national and regional symposia to support the community in developing and adapting courses and programs that connect course content to issues of local, national, and global importance.

Since 2001, SENCER has hosted annual, invitational, intensive, residential, team-based learning opportunities for educators, academic leaders, and students. The SENCER Summer Institutes represent the cornerstones of SENCER's faculty development and academic reform program. They feature a rich mix of plenaries, workshops, and concurrent sessions that focus not only on what students should learn, but how that learning might be accomplished. Participation in the Institutes is by invitation to teams and individuals following a competitive application process.

The annual Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session is an invitational event. Participants consider how SENCER courses can be connected to larger national issues and goals, and share the results of their on-campus projects, including the benefit to their local communities. At the Capitol Hill Poster Session, selected members of the SENCER community report on the results of their projects to members of their congressional delegations. These projects were made possible, in part, through Congressional investments made in NSF and the SENCER project.

The SENCER Centers for Innovation (SCI) are regionally distributed organizations that offer programming and support for current members of the SENCER community and people new to SENCER. The SCIs conduct at least two workshops or symposia per year that are hosted by an institution in the region, provide local experts who are available for on-campus consultations, support the work of SENCER Leadership Fellows, and offer guidance on the development of new SENCER courses and programs (by ray tforge 2014). SCI programs are open to participants around the country, but are specifically designed to address the needs and interests of their regional communities.