SURVEY on Teaching Practices in Neuroscience

Dear Undergraduate Neuroscience Faculty and Administrators,


We are contacting you in connection with a 15-minute survey to identify potential barriers in learning and teaching neuroscience, and possible solutions.  This is both from 'faculty' and 'administrator' perspectives.

A team at University of Missouri (Satish Nair, David Schulz, David Bergin) has been funded by the National Science Foundation for a project titled “Interdisciplinary Training in Neuroscience for Faculty and Undergraduates from 2- and 4-year Institutions”.  This is a research study.  We are writing to seek your input and suggestions on all aspects of how we might conduct professional development for faculty at 2- and 4-year institutions. 


What is the project about?   The goal of the project is to enhance teaching expertise of faculty, and increase undergraduate capacity in neuroscience at 2- and 4-year institutions. This goal will be achieved by meeting the following objectives: (i) Provide training in teaching undergraduate neuroscience, emphasizing computation via free software experiments to faculty-student teams via 1 week summer workshops; (ii) Provide additional training in math, software, teaching and development of curricular modules to 4 faculty-student teams via an intensive 2 week curricular development program; (iii) Provide year-round follow up for all participants to help them develop and implement software modules into their curriculum; and (iv) Identify barriers to learning (students), and to professional development and implementation of curricular modules (faculty and administrators) that limit increasing undergraduate capacity in neuroscience, by surveys and focus group meetings.


We are conducting summer workshops for 2- and 4-year college faculty and so are moving forward well with items (i) to (iii) above.  You are being contacted about item (iv) that relates to identifying barriers and trying to find solutions. The survey is completely anonymous, meaning that your identity cannot be connected in any way to your survey answers, and it is voluntary, so you can opt out at any time.

If you complete the survey, you may enter to win a $50 in gift certificate. Drawings will take place mid-September to determine the one winner from the group. You must be 18 or older to participate in the survey and the drawing.

To access the survey please click on the link below. If the survey does not open automatically, please copy and paste the following link to your internet browser's address bar:

FACULTY please select the following link:



ADMINISTRATORS please select the following link:

Questions about this survey? Please email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Thank you for your time as we all strive to introduce undergraduates to the rapidly growing discipline of neuroscience …and to provide professional development to the undergraduate faculty involved.

Kind regards....satish nair

Satish S. Nair, Ph.D.
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering &
Professor of Biological Engineering
229 EBW, University of Missouri, Columbia MO 65211
Ph: 573-882-2964; Fax: 573-882-0397; [email protected]