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Mobile Summer Institutes

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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. During the MoSI, participants take part in interactive workshops on evidence-based teaching strategies and project-based group work to create effective teaching modules for their classrooms.  By the end of the MOSI, participants leave with peer-reviewed teaching materials and the skills to implement scientific teaching in their classrooms and evaluate themselves and their peers, to continue developing as reflective practitioners.

In addition to the proven training paradigm provided by the pedagogy sessions, the Mobile Summer Institutes facilitate strategic planning to leverage newly gained expertise toward educational reform, and 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.

Mobile Summer Institute (MoSI) Leadership

Hosting a MoSI FAQs

MoSI Host Institutions  (2015-2021)
Click here for hosting a MoSI FAQs in PDF format.


Mentewab Ayalew

Associate Professor, Biology Department, Spelman College

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

Director of Integrated Education - Clinical Science, University of Minnesota Medical School

Peggy Brickman

Professor, Plant Biology, University of Georgia, Athens

Richard Cardullo

Professor, Biology, University of California, Riverside

Xinnian Chen

Professor in Residence, Physiology and Neurobiology, University of Connecticut

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

Mark Lee

Associate Professor, Biology Department, Spelman College


Stanley Lo

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

Breonna Martin

Assistant Professor, Biology, Life Sciences Department, Harford Community College

Melissa Michael

Associate Director for Curriculum & Instruction, School for Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Randall Phillis

Assoc. Professor, Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Deb Pires

Academic Administrator and Vice Chair, Department of Life Science Core Education, University of California, Los Angeles

Michelle Withers

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

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