The Ambassador Program’s goal is to facilitate discussions in biology and life science departments that will aid them in implementing the recommendations of Vision andChange. We hope to help the department move along the path to creating a transformed life science education program that uses inclusive, student-centered, evidence-based teaching and learning to create an educated citizenry who routinely apply scientific knowledge, reasoning, and creative insight to address real-world challenges.
This goal is achieved by facilitating the department’s discussion of its desired future state and the path by which the department can achieve that state. We approach this goal with organizational change and systems thinking in mind – that the whole department will be involved, in the context of its own institutional environment. The following topics are elements of this facilitation.
Experiencing the Change Process
Empowering Teams to Work Together
Identifying the Department’s Vision
Understanding and Using Facilitative Leadership and Communication
Identifying the Barriers to the Department’s Vision
Removing the Barriers to the Department’s Vision
Creating an Action Plan to Implement the Department’s Vision
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