The Howard Hughes Medical Institute created four-year HHMI Professorships for the specific purpose of encouraging faculty at major research universities to devote more time to teaching undergraduates and developing new tools to engage students and enrich their science learning experience.
Professor Graham Walker was among the first 20 professors selected in 2002 for the Society of HHMI Professors pilot program. Professor Walker was chosen again as one of 13 HHMI Professors for the 2010-2014 program.
With the resources provided by his 2002-2006 HHMI Professorship, Professor Walker established the original Education Group, conceptually analogous to his laboratory research group. With his 2010-2014 award, Professor Walker has reestablished the Education Group. The group is a collaborative of graduate students, postdoctoral associates, research scientists, and faculty who have a strong interest in teaching and doing innovative work in science education. Its primary focus is on developing curricular materials and tools for University-level and High School-level Biology education.
There are many opportunities to get involved with the Education Group! The group especially welcomes graduate students and postdocs who are interested in developing their teaching skills and educational portfolios. Members of the MIT community and other educational institutions are invited to share their education-related work and research in open Education Group Meetings that are structured similarly to laboratory group meetings. These group meetings are a terrific opportunity for participants to share information about their science education-related initiatives and receive helpful feedback from peers. The Education Group also hosts a series of Seminars on the MIT campus in which speakers who do interesting, innovative, and important work in education can share their valuable experience with our community. These seminars are free and open to all interested individuals.
For more information, please visit the Education Group's website or send an e-mail to: educationgroup [at] mit [dot] edu