2016 Evolutionary Studies Institute at SUNY New Paltz ADVERTISING PAGE

Note that is page is the advertising page for the Institute – the page for the official schedule is found here: https://sites.google.com/site/newpaltzevossummerinstitute/


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* 30-hour program leading to 3 10-hour-based CEUs (satisfactory for salary advancement in most districts!).

* July 11-15, 2016 – to take place at the SUNY New Paltz campus.

* Cost is ONLY $200 (including breakfast).

* Successful participants have the option to buy SUNY New Paltz CEUs for $25 per credit.

* Successful graduates of the program will receive a certificate of completion demarcating “Successful Completion of SUNY New Paltz’s Evolutionary Studies Summer Institute.”

* To register, please click HERE. For more information about the program, please contact director of the Institute, Glenn Geher (geherg@newpaltz.edu)

The Institute is designed as an effort to help current and future teachers master the breadth of content needed to effectively teach about evolution in a secondary-education curriculum. With the new “common core” standards, evolution and its many elements are now considered essential components of the science curriculum. We want to help our teachers be best prepared to effectively teach this material to the next generation of students.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, SUNY New Paltz’s Evolutionary Studies programs includes more than 10 PhD-level faculty who teach dozens of classes related to evolution across the curriculum. These faculty have published articles and books related to evolution that have earned national and international acclaim – and these faculty have a strong reputation on campus and beyond for focusing on cultivating student learning as a primary feature of their work.

In short, the EvoS Faculty at New Paltz are highly qualified evolutionists with international reputations in scholarship and proven dedication and effectiveness in the domain of teaching.

The curriculum includes the following:

  • Basic principles of evolutionary theory
  • Basic biological processes of evolution, including how evolutionary principles dovetail with our understanding of genetics
  • Evolutionary processes related to human origins and behavior
  • Evolution applied to important issues of humanity (such as health and the arts)
  • Studying and Teaching about Evolution in the Field
  • Issues specific to the teaching of evolution at multiple levels

The 30-hour institute will include 10 class periods (with morning and afternoon class periods each being 3 hours). It also includes an intensive field experience on teaching about evolution in the wilderness.

A draft of the curricular plan is found below. The plan to be implemented will be either identical, or very close to, this plan (including times, content, and instructor). This plan will be implemented under the leadership of the Institute Director along with input from the EvoS faculty who are involved in this project.



Monday, July 11 Tuesday, July 12 Wednesday, July 13 Thursday, July 14 Friday, July 15

Introduction by Glenn Geher, Director of EvoS Institute


Basics of Evolutionary Theory (Tom Nolen, Biology)


Human Origins (Ken Nystrom, Anthropology)







Evolution and the Arts (Andrea Varga, Theatre Arts)





Controversies in Evolution (Spencer Mass, Biology)






Interpretative hike in the Mohonk Preserve (Glenn Geher, Psychology)






Lunch/ EvoS Video and guided discussion


Lunch/ EvoS Video and guided discussion


Lunch/ EvoS Video and guided discussion


Lunch/ EvoS Video and guided discussion


Lunch/discussion of evolutionary approaches to ecosystems


DNA Lab (Jeff Reinking, Biology, and Jennifer Waldo, Biology)




Evolution and Behavior (Glenn Geher, Psychology)






Evolution and Human Health (Hamilton Stapell, History)





Evolution and the Next-Generation Science Standards (Rosemary Millham, Secondary Education)



Workshop on Integrating Field Studies in Evolution into Curriculum (Glenn Geher, Psychology)


Certificate Ceremony

This program will provide students with a deep biological understanding of evolution along with an understanding of evolution applied across various disciplines beyond traditional biological areas. And it will include important content specific to the teaching of evolution. Graduates of this institute would be well-prepared to teach about evolution content in a way that integrates many issues that surround evolution education.

For information about the international Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) Consortium that we developed here at New Paltz (in collaboration with faculty at Binghamton), please check out www.evostudies.org. This site includes freely available articles from the peer-reviewed EvoS Journal along with the world’s largest database of free-and-streaming videos related to evolution. All students of the Institute will receive a full print copy of a special issue of EvoS Journal dedicated to issues of evolution in education.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION: This program is primarily geared for teachers and/or graduate or undergraduate students who anticipate going into the teaching profession (particularly in the sciences). There are no exclusion criteria (anyone who can provide evidence of completion of a high school degree (or equivalent) who interested in signing up for the Institute is welcome to do so). This [program is made possible by the New York State Master Teacher Program (with master teachers from this program being included among the participants)

REFUND /CANCELLATION POLICY: Paid individuals must email the Institute director, Glenn Geher (geherg@newpaltz.edu) in writing prior to July 15 (Wednesday) to obtain a refund. Refund requests within this timeline will be honored fully. Refund requests submitted after the start of July 15 will not be honored.




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