Mobile Summer Institutes



The Mobile Summer Institutes (MoSIs) are an institution-based iteration of the nationally renowned Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching that address challenges in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education reform unique to college and universities.




The MoSI model is based on Charles Henderson’s four categories of change strategies to improve adoption of evidence-based teaching. The MoSI team, composed of national leaders in education reform, travels to post-secondary institutions and trains a critical mass of educators within whole departments to create inclusive, student-centered classrooms that engage students to learn – as scientists do – through active problem solving and discussion. MoSI leaders facilitate workshops, group work, and presentations, to train participants on innovations and research in undergraduate education. By the end of the MoSI, participants develop and peer-review teaching materials, plus learn how to implement scientific teaching in their classrooms, and how to evaluate their peers in order to develop as reflective practitioners.


In addition to the proven training paradigm provided by the pedagogy workshop, the Mobile Summer Institutes provide instruction in peer evaluation to drive long-term reflective teaching as well as facilitated strategic planning to leverage newly gained expertise toward educational reform. The MoSIs also include an administrator’s workshop to foster the buy-in and support of local policy makers by developing a shared vision between administrators and MoSI participants.


Learn more about hosting a Mobile Summer Institute here.


If your institution is interested in applying to host a institution-based Mobile SI, please contact Michelle Withers ( directly for more information.


Check back later for 2020 dates and locations!

May 6-10 - Ohio State University 

May 13-17 - University of Tennessee, Knoxville

May 13-17 - Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville

May 13-17 - University of North Texas

May 20-23 - University of Arkansas, Little Rock

May 20-24 - University of Massachusetts Amherst

May 20-24 - Adelphi University

May 20-24 - Morgan State University 

May 20-24 - University of Illinois Urbana Champaign 

May 28-31 - Colorado State University

May 28-31 - Pace University

June 3-7 - University of Maine

June 3-7 - Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD

June 10-14 - University of Montana

June 10-14 - The College of New Jersey 

June 10-14 - Diablo Valley College 

June 17-21 - Sam Houston State University 

June 24-28 - University of Manitoba, Canada 

June 24-28 - South Dakota State University

July 8-12 - ShanghaiTech, Shanghai China

July 15-19 - University of California, LA 

Aug 5-9 - Case Western Reserve University 

Aug 5-8 - Oberlin College

Aug 12-16 - Norfolk State University

Aug 18-23 - Mohamed Al-Manna College of Health Sciences (MACHS), Dammam, Saudi Arabia


Stanley Lo

Assistant Teaching Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology and Mathematics and Science Education, University of California San Diego


Mark Baillie

Assistant Professor, Chemistry and STRIVE Program Director, STEM Education Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Jim Belanger

Research Professor, Biology, Binghamton University SUNY

Jessamina Blum

Education Specialist and Managing Editor, Biology Teaching and Learning and CourseSource, University of Minnesota

Peggy Brickman

Professor, Plant Biology, University of Georgia, Athens

Richard Cardullo

Professor, Biology, University of California, Riverside

Bill Davis

Associate Professor and Assoc. Dean for Undergraduate Studies, School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University

Jenny Knight

Associate Professor, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder

Melissa Michael

Assistant Director for Undergraduate Instruction and Director for Core Curriculum, School for Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Randall Phillis

Assoc. Professor, Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Deb Pires

Instructional Consultant and Academic Administrator, Center for Education Innovation in Life Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

Elly Vandegrift

Associate Director Science Literacy Program, Biology, University of Oregon, Eugene

Michelle Withers

STEM Educator for the Center for Teaching and Learning, Associate Professor, Biology, Binghamton University SUNY



Click here for hosting a MoSI FAQs in PDF format.