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Gateway Sciences Initiative

About GSI

The Provost’s Gateway Sciences Initiative is a multi-dimensional program to improve and enrich learning of gateway sciences at Johns Hopkins University for undergraduate and graduate students.  Through a grant program, a Symposium on Teaching Excellence, and a new Faculty Forum on Teaching series, the University seeks to improve our understanding of how students learn and to promote pedagogical innovation in courses that form the foundation for, or provide a gateway to, more advanced work in sciences, engineering, and quantitative studies. As a part of this initiative, Johns Hopkins will provide grants to support a variety of competitively selected instructional enhancement projects.  All projects will align with sound pedagogical practice and will include rigorous assessment plans.  Our goal is to generate and disseminate evidence of educational excellence to the deans, chairs, directors, and faculty who make decisions on curriculum development and instructional resource allocation at Johns Hopkins. 

White Paper

The Johns Hopkins Gateway Sciences Initiative seeks to advance our understanding of how students most effectively learn gateway sciences and promote pedagogical innovation that permits students to attain competency at the introductory level as rapidly as they are capable of doing.   A background document that explains the genesis of this initiative can be found here:
A Proposal for the Johns Hopkins University Gateway Sciences Initiative. [PDF]

Media Coverage

The JHU Newsletter, January 31, 2013
University holds symposium to discuss Gateway Sciences Initiative

The JHU Hub, January 23, 2013
New perspectives on teaching science

Voice of America, May 18, 2012
Colleges Innovate to Fill Science Job Surplus

The Johns Hopkins Magazine, March 1, 2012
So Long, Lecture Hall

The Washington Post, February 15, 2012
Colleges Looking Beyond the Lecture

The Johns Hopkins News-Letter, February 1, 2012
University hold Symposium on Teaching Excellence in the Sciences

Inside Higher Ed, January 23, 2012
Standing Up for Teaching

Welch Library Blog, January 19, 2012
Interview with Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President, Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County

The JHU Gazette, January 9, 2012
Inaugural GSI Grants Announced: 10 Pilot Programs to be Unveiled at Jan. 20 Symposium

The JHU Gazette, December 5, 2011
Ratcheting Up Teaching of Sciences: Daylong Session Will Gather Experts to Share Ideas 

The Johns Hopkins News-Letter, September 15, 2011
"Gateway" is Intro to Intros

The JHU Gazette, August 29, 2011
Can We Build Better Science Courses?
Gateway Sciences Grant Applications Wanted

Faculty Steering Committee

Gateway Sciences Initiative Faculty Steering Committee Members





Joel Schildbach

Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education; Professor, Dept. of Biology


Marie Diener-West

Chair, Master of Public Health Program;
Abbey-Merrell Professor, Dept. of Biostatistics Education


David Andrews

Dean of the School of Education and Professor


Richard Brown

Director of Undergraduate Studies; Assoc. Teaching Professor, Dept. of Mathematics


Michael Falk

Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering


Chris Falzone

Teaching Professor, Dept. of Chemistry


Sharon Gerecht

Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


Elaine Hansen

Executive Director, Center for Talented Youth

John Harrington

Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs; Professorial Lecturer, International Economics Program


Howard Katz

Professor and Chair, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering


Tom Koenig

Assoc. Dean for Student Affairs; Asst. Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science


Jon Links

Professor, Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences


Maria Merritt

Assoc. Professor, Dept. of International Health


Dan Reich

Professor and Chair, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy


Ben Schafer

Swirnow Family Scholar Professor and Chair, Dept. of Civil Engineering


Edward Scheinerman

Vice Dean for Education; Professor, Dept. of Applied Mathematics and Statistics


Stephen Wilson

Professor, Dept. of Mathematics


Ex officio

Scott Zeger

Director of Hopkins inHealth; Professor, Dept. of Biostatistics


Candice Dalrymple

Assoc. Dean of University Libraries and Director, Center for Educational Resources


Kelly Clark

Program Manager