Centers and Institutes

McAuliffe/Challenger Learning Center
The Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Education and Teaching Excellence was established by Framingham State University, Christa's alma mater, to honor her commitment to teaching. In creating the McAuliffe Center, the University was determined to address the increasingly critical issues of the attraction, retention and education of the best and brightest as future teachers by honoring the vision, values and ideas of Teacher-Astronaut, Christa Corrigan McAuliffe. The mission of the McAuliffe Center is to carry out educational activities that will offer students goals and incentives to enhance their development, strengthen community support for public education, support teachers in their work, and improve educational practice. The programs implemented by the McAuliffe Center, including the Challenger Learning Center, focus on the professional development needs of Massachusetts' teachers, including pre-service teachers, and students in grades 3 to 12.

MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC)
The MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC) at Framingham State University, established in 1991, collects and analyzes data related to economic conditions in the MetroWest, South Shore and Tri-Center Cohesive Commercial Statistical Areas (CCSA).  MERC provides information and commentary on economic issues of vital interest to these regions. Faculty and interns from the Department of Economics and Business Administration produce MERC presentations and publications including award-winning economic profiles and labor force studies. MERC analysis has proven critical for regional and town planning as well as retention and recruitment of businesses.

John C. Stalker Institute for Food and Nutrition
The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition (JSI) provides programs on nutrition and health promotion using the comprehensive school health model. JSI offers programs, workshops, and courses for school and child nutrition professionals, teachers, health educators, and other members of the school community. Programs are offered in four general areas:  nutrition education, culinary training, financial and personnel management, and computer technology. Online courses are offered to school nutrition directors, teachers, school nurses and other school professionals. The Institute is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Nutrition, Health and Safety.

Center for Global Education
The Framingham State University Center for Global Education provides support to K-12 educators in the Commonwealth who wish to enhance global and multicultural perspectives in their classrooms. The Center provides the following services:  professional development workshops and courses; a resource library; a speakers' bureau; and curriculum consultations. The Center works in collaboration with the Department of Education and local school districts to provide content institutes in Massachusetts Curriculum Framework topics related to global and multicultural education.

MetroWest STEM Education Network
As one of the seven regional PreK-16 Networks established in Massachusetts with the initial phase of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education Network awards, the MetroWest Center is a collaboration of Framingham State University, Mass Bay Community College, and many school districts, businesses, and organizations in the region. Massachusetts STEM Education Network goals are to:

  • Increase the number of students participating in programs that support careers in STEM
  • Increase the number of qualified STEM teachers
  • Improve STEM education offerings in public and private schools.  

Specific MetroWest goals are to: create an organization within the area that fosters STEM education; become a source of and clearinghouse for teachers who seek information and ideas in these disciplines; form a network of educational, professional, business, and other interested organizations within the MetroWest area that add value to the community by strengthening STEM education and providing career opportunities; and identify successful projects and scale them for all to use.

Center for Social Research
The Center for Social Research at Framingham State University provides educational programs, internship opportunities, and consulting and social research services to members of both the University and the wider communities. The Center develops and presents informational programs on a variety of social issues.  Student interns participate in ongoing CSR research activities. Center associates serve as consultants in areas including: community policing policies; issues of individual and social aging; needs assessments for communities and organizations; academic policies and learning in K- higher education; intergenerational and mentoring programs; and community-based learning and service programs.

The Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service
The Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship, and Service supports faculty members and librarians during all phases of their careers. Established in 2008, CELTSS is run by faculty for the benefit of their colleagues and the campus community.  The Center awards monetary grants, and facilitates workshops, lectures, reading groups, and special events.  Newly hired faculty members participate in mentoring programs. A day is set aside in January for faculty to lead sessions on pedagogical issues.  The “Day in May” showcases their scholarly and creative projects and features a keynote address from an internationally recognized speaker.  The Center also houses a library of books on pedagogy, along with a selection of books and articles written by faculty members.

NASA Educator Resource Center
The new NASA Educator Resource Center at Framingham State University provides access to online resources and professional development in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in collaboration with NASA Education and the Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University.

Entrepreneur Innovation Center
The Entrepreneur Innovation Center is a new space that will open in January 2014. Located in the Maynard Building on Vernon Street, the goal of the center is to provide an environment that supports and fosters a group of entrepreneurs’ innovative ideas by providing resources to aid a start-up business, such as internet access, conference room scheduling, and FSU faculty expertise. If you have an idea that you are actively working on and are an FSU student\alumni or resident of the central Metrowest region, the center is looking for you! Applications for membership to the center and the paid student internship opportunity are available on the center’s web site.

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