Butler University is proud to be named as a Center for Innovation by SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities), a national organization that improves science education by focusing on real-world problems and, by so doing, extends the impact of this learning across the curriculum to the broader community and society. 

SENCER aims to interest and engage students in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), as well as to help students connect STEM learning to their other studies and to strengthen students' understanding of science and civic engagement. As the SENCER Center for Innovation (SCI) for the Central Plains region, and one of seven SCIs nationwide, Butler University values the interconnections of science education and civic engagement, and brings the ideals of SENCER to Butler faculty, staff and students.

The SCI assists Butler in achieving its educational mission with regard to civic education and engagement, its Core curriculum, and STEM and STEM-related majors courses. The SCI also provides Butler and regional institutions with leadership for several related activities: developing or enhancing civic education and civic engagement at the local level, in the Midwest and nationally; faculty development, course development, curricular development and faculty/undergraduate research support; unique, out-of-classroom learning opportunities; and strategies to connect K-16 science education with civic education.

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Leadership Team

Margaret Brabant, Professor of Political Science
Donald Braid, Director, Center for Citizenship and Community
Joe Kirsch, Professor of Chemistry