We are participating in a Learning Community Cluster with 13 other institutions. Through deep engagement with colleagues across the country, we are asking a fundamental question: What would it take for institutions to make a comprehensive shift from deficit- to achievement-oriented frameworks in their approaches to the introductory science experience?

Faculty across 5 departments – applied math, biology, chemistry, math, and physics – are participating in this initiative and redesigning introductory experiences to reflect an achievement-oriented framework. They are engaging in a range of learning opportunities and translating those into new ideas for reimagining their courses. Importantly, they are sharing and learning from each other, and collectively building a culture of equity and inclusion across STEM introductory experiences.

UVA Leadership Team
  • Linda Columbus, Professor, Chemistry
  • Katie Densberger, Director of Academic Student Support
  • Judy Giering, Director, Learning Design and Technology
  • Meara Habashi, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Engineering
  • Gail Hunger, Instructional Designer, Learning Design and Technology
  • Keisha John, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, A&S
  • Lynn Mandeltort, Assistant Director of Engineering Education Initiatives, Center for Teaching Excellence, Assistant Professor, General Faculty
  • Jess Manson, Assistant Professor, General Faculty, Biology
  • Kristin Morgan, Senior Director for Grants Administration and Strategic Partnerships, Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Diana Morris, Assistant Professor, General Faculty, APMA
  • Jim Rolf, Professor, General Faculty, Math
  • Josipa Roksa, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, Professor of Sociology and Education (Project Director)
  • Kevin Welch, Assistant Professor, General Faculty, Chemistry
  • Lindsay Wheeler, Assistant Director of Educational Development Research and Assessment, Center for Teaching Excellence, Assistant Professor, General Faculty
  • Xiaochao Zheng, Professor, Physics

Past Team Members

  •  Scott Barker, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Summer 2022 Events

Summer 2022

In Summer 2022, we started conversations around meeting students where they are and fostering their sense of belonging. These workshops provide new lenses and illuminate different dimensions of our courses worthy of further examination.


May 17, 2022

Teaching Students Where They Are

  • Lynn Mandeltort, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Gail Hunger, Instructional Designer, Learning Design & Technology

June 16, 2022

Decoding the Disciplines

  • Joan Middendorf, Lead Instructional Consultant, Indiana University
  • Sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence

July 20, 2022

Advocating for Increasing Diversity and Equity in STEM Education Through Structural Inclusion and Curriculum Changes

  • Ebony McGee, Professor of Education, Diversity and STEM Education, Vanderbilt University
  • Sponsored by the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, A&S

August 9, 2022

Facilitating Engagement and Fostering Belonging for All Students

  • Chris Hulleman, Director, Motivate Lab
  • Sponsored by the Crafting Success for Underrepresented Scientists and Engineers Project


Applied Math

  • Diana Morris (IE3 department lead)
  • Monika Abramenko
  • Hui Ma
  • Meiqin Li
  • Stacie Pisano


  • Jess Manson (IE3 department lead)
  • David Kittlesen


  • Kevin Welch (IE3 department lead)
  • Lisa Morkowchuk
  • Linda Columbus (Director, Faculty Led Initiative)


  • Jim Rolf (IE3 department lead)
  • Daniel James (DJ)
  • Matthew Demers
  • Evangelos Dimou


  • Xiaochao Zheng (IE3 department lead)
  • Stefan Baessler
  • Chris Neu
  • Utpal Chatterjee
  • Peter Schauss
Fall 2022 Events

STEM Symposium

Keynote address by Professor Bryan Dewsbury of Florida International University as well as presentations by UVA faculty.

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IE3 Community Lunches 

Tuesday, November 1, 12:00-1:00pm 

  • Topic: Active learning
  • Session leader: Lynn Mandeltort, Center for Teaching Excellence

Wednesday, December 7, 12:00-1:00pm

  • Topic: Assignments and assessments
  • Session leader: Gail Hunger, Learning Design and Technology