Leadership

SENCER's work is advised and carried out by a core group of senior scholars and project staff. Together they bring experience in the fields of biochemistry, public health, history, political science, economics, medicine, and international politics. To contact SENCER staff, please call (202) 483-4600.

SENCER Leadership

Meet Our Staff, SENCER PI, and Co-PIs

Eliza Jane Reilly, Executive Director

Eliza Jane Reilly, Executive Director

Danielle Kraus Tarka, Deputy Executive Director - Operations and Outreach

Danielle Kraus Tarka, Deputy Executive Director - Operations and Outreach

Wm. David Burns, Principal Investigator

Wm. David Burns, Principal Investigator

Kyle Simmons, Faculty Development Events Manager

Kyle Simmons, Faculty Development Events Manager

Christine DeCarlo, SENCER and Engaging Mathematics Coordinator, Digital Media Manager

Christine DeCarlo, SENCER and Engaging Mathematics Coordinator, Digital Media Manager

David Ferguson, Co-Principal Investigator

David Ferguson, Co-Principal Investigator

Monica Devanas, Co-Principal Investigator

Monica Devanas, Co-Principal Investigator

Amy Shachter, Co-Principal Investigator

Amy Shachter, Co-Principal Investigator

Catherine Hurt Middlecamp, Co-Principal Investigator

Catherine Hurt Middlecamp, Co-Principal Investigator

Regional Co-Directors

Meet the leaders of our SENCER Regional Centers for Innovation

Dr. Steven Bachofer, SCI-West Co-Director

Dr. Steven Bachofer, SCI-West Co-Director

Dr. Donald Braid, SCI-Central Plains Co-Director

Dr. Donald Braid, SCI-Central Plains Co-Director

Dr. Kathleen M. Browne, SCI-MidAtlantic Co-Director

Dr. Kathleen M. Browne, SCI-MidAtlantic Co-Director

Dr. Monica Devanas, SCI-MidAtlantic Co-Director

Dr. Monica Devanas, SCI-MidAtlantic Co-Director

Dr. Edward Katz, SCI-South Co-Director

Dr. Edward Katz, SCI-South Co-Director

Dr. Joseph Kirsch, SCI-Central Plains Co-Director

Dr. Joseph Kirsch, SCI-Central Plains Co-Director

Dr. Joseph Koonce, SCI-Great Lakes Co-Director

Dr. Joseph Koonce, SCI-Great Lakes Co-Director

Dr. Keith Krumpe, SCI-South Co-Director

Dr. Keith Krumpe, SCI-South Co-Director

Dr. Marilyn (Lynn) Lotas, SCI-Great Lakes Co-Director

Dr. Marilyn (Lynn) Lotas, SCI-Great Lakes Co-Director

Dr. Cynthia Maguire, SCI-Southwest Co-Director

Dr. Cynthia Maguire, SCI-Southwest Co-Director

Dr. Karen Kashmanian Oates, SCI-New England Co-Director

Dr. Karen Kashmanian Oates, SCI-New England Co-Director

Dr. Susan Reiser, SCI-South Co-Director

Dr. Susan Reiser, SCI-South Co-Director

Dr. Rob Sanford, SCI-New England Co-Director

Dr. Rob Sanford, SCI-New England Co-Director

Dr. Rober Seiser, SCI-Midwest Co-Director

Dr. Rober Seiser, SCI-Midwest Co-Director

Dr. Amy Shachter, SCI-West Co-Director

Dr. Amy Shachter, SCI-West Co-Director

Dr. Richard D. Sheardy, SCI-Southwest Co-Director

Dr. Richard D. Sheardy, SCI-Southwest Co-Director

Dr. Thomas Wood, SCI-Chesapeake Bay Co-Director

Dr. Thomas Wood, SCI-Chesapeake Bay Co-Director

Dr. Winnie Yu, SCI-New England Co-Director

Dr. Winnie Yu, SCI-New England Co-Director

Dr. David Zeng, SCI-Great Lakes Co-Director

Dr. David Zeng, SCI-Great Lakes Co-Director

Senior Scholars and Consultants

Janice Ballou, SENCER Evaluator

Janice Ballou, SENCER Evaluator

William E. Bennett, Senior Scholar

William E. Bennett, Senior Scholar

Jonathan Bucki, Strategic Planning Consultant

Jonathan Bucki, Strategic Planning Consultant

Chuck Gahun, Project Consultant

Chuck Gahun, Project Consultant

Karen Kashmanian Oates, Senior Fellow

Karen Kashmanian Oates, Senior Fellow

Ellen Mappen, Senior Scholar

Ellen Mappen, Senior Scholar

SENCER Leadership Fellows

Founded in 2008, the SENCER leadership fellows program recognizes members of the SENCER community interested in taking on more advanced involvement through formal roles in the project. Leadership fellows are appointed for 18-month, renewable terms, and work on projects of their own design. Fellows projects have included course design, faculty development, research into student learning, and initiatives to assist other members of the SENCER community in their professional development.

The goals for the leadership fellows program are five-fold. We seek to (1) recognize the leadership of those who have made reforms into campus realities, (2) broaden the impact of individual SENCER activities on campus, (3) apply what has been learned to new challenges, (4) create regional and, where desired, issue-specific organizations to nurture the expanding community of practice that SENCER has helped to foster, and (5) plan for sustaining and continually refreshing the SENCER ideals and national program over the long term.

Current and Former Leadership Fellows

Please click on a fellow's name to learn more about his or her area of expertise and interests.

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Dr. Jeff Abernathy, Alma College
Dr. Eugene Allevato, Woodbury University
Dr. Merrilee Anderson, Mount Aloysius College
Dr. Sharon Anthony, Northland College
Dr. Erin Argyilan, Indiana University Northwest
Dr. Keith Aufderheide, Oglethorpe University
Dr. Ralph Bain, Montgomery College
Dr. Pinar Batur, Vassar College
Dr. Stuart Belli, Vassar College
Dr. Prabha Betne, LaGuardia Community College
Dr. Mariah Birgen, Wartburg College
Dr. Paula Bobrowski, Auburn University
Dr. Gary Booth, Brigham Young University
Dr. Peter Bower, Barnard College
Dr. Arthur Bowman, Norfolk State University
Dr. Margaret Brabant, Butler University
Dr. Vincent Breslin, Southern Connecticut State University
Dr. Sherryl Broverman, Duke University
Dr. Virginia Carson, Chapman University
Dr. Orianna Carter, Ohio University
Dr. Katayoun Chamany, Eugene Lang College
Dr. Rao Chekuri, Woodbury University
Dr. Steven Christenson, Brigham Young University-Idaho
Dr. Alan Christian, University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Peter Conrad, Plattsburgh SUNY
Dr. Maria Curtin, Stonehill College
Dr. James Daly, Purchase College SUNY
Dr. Monica Devanas, Rutgers University
Dr. Jacqueline Dewar, Loyola Marymount University
Dr. Helen Doss, Wilbur Wright College
Dr. S. Monroe Duboise, University of Southern Maine
Dr. Kriya Dunlap, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Dr. Richard Dunning, Normandale Community College
Dr. Lawrence Duffy, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Dr. Juli Eflin, Ball State University
Dr. Timothy Elgren, Hamilton College
Dr. Karen Erickson, Southern New Hampshire University
Dr. Jan Factor, Purchase College SUNY
Dr. Marion Field Fass, Beloit College, retired
Dr. Ellen Faszewski, Wheelock College
Dr. Pearl Fernandes, University of South Carolina Sumter
Dr. Kevin Finn, Merrimack College
Dr. Alix Fink, Longwood University
Dr. Marguerite Forest, Florida Gulf Coast University
Dr. Robert Franco, Kapi'olani Community College
Dr. DonnaJean Fredeen, Southern Connecticut State University
Dr. Steven Freeman, Iowa State University
Dr. Linda Fuselier, University of Louisville
Dr. Michael Gabel, George Mason University
Dr. Urmi Ghosh-Dastidar, New York City College of Technology
Dr. Ellen Goldey, Wofford College
Dr. Barbara Gonzalez, Roosevelt University
Dr. Richard Grallo, Metropolitan College of New York
Dr. David Green, University of Miami
Dr. Paul Grobstein (deceased)
Dr. Brian Hagenbuch, Hartwick College
Dr. Sarah Haines, Towson University
Dr. Gary Halada, Stony Brook University
Dr. Tim Haresign, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Dr. Yvonne Harris, James Madison University
Dr. Heide Hlawaty, Metropolitan College of New York
Dr. Robert Holm, Auburn University
Dr. Frank Hubacz, Franklin Pierce University
Dr. Ben Hutchinson, Lipscomb University (deceased)
Dr. Judith Iriarte-Gross, Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. Trace Jordan, New York University
Dr. Cynthia Kaus, Metropolitan State University
Dr. Amy Kelley, Mercersburg Academy
Dr. Joseph Kirsch, Butler University
Dr. Cynthia Klevickis, James Madison University
Col. Gerald Kobylski, United States Military Academy
Dr. Denise Eby Konan, University of Hawaii Manoa
Dr. Joseph Koonce, Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Erica Kosal, North Carolina Wesleyan College
Dr. Keith Krumpe, University of North Carolina at Asheville
Dr. Matthew Laposata, Kennesaw State University
Dr. Suzanne Larson, Loyola Marymount University
Dr. Dennis Lehman, Harold Washington College, retired
Ms. Flora Lichtman
Dr. Joseph Liddicoat, New York University
Dr. Jon Lyon, Merrimack College
Dr. Cynthia Maguire, Texas Woman's University
Dr. Phil Mason, Coastal Georgia
Dr. Autumn Marshall, Lipscomb University
Dr. Woody McKenzie, Lynchburg College
Dr. John Mecham, Meredith College
Dr. Julia Metzker, Georgia College & State University
Dr. George Middendorf, Howard University
Dr. David Morimoto, Lesley University
Dr. Farahnaz Movahedzadeh, Harold Washington College
Mr. Glenn C. Odenbrett, Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Wyatt Oswald, Emerson College
Dr. Melanie Pivarski, Roosevelt University
Dr. Lisa Pike, Francis Marion University
Dr. John Pratte, Arkansas State University
Dr. Pamela Proulx-Curry, University of Maine at Augusta
Dr. Frederick Rogers, Franklin Pierce University
Dr. David Rosen, O'More College of Design
Dr. David Rutschman, Northeastern Illinois University
Mr. Christopher Sabino, Harold Washington College
Dr. Rob Sanford, University of Southern Maine
Dr. Sandra Seidel, University of Virginia
Dr. Robert Seiser, Roosevelt University
Dr. Richard Sheardy, Texas Woman's University
Dr. Gail Simmons, Hofstra University
Dr. Christopher Smart, Vassar College
Dr. Garon Smith, University of Montana, retired
Dr. Jim Speer, Indiana State University
Dr. Gale Starich, Brenau University
Dr. Kraig Steffen, Fairfield University
Dr. Eleanor Sterling, American Museum of Natural History
Dr. Cheryl Swift, Whittier College
Dr. James Tait, Southern Connecticut State University
Dr. Julienne Thomas-Hall, Kennedy-King College
Dr. Richard Thompson, College of Saint Rose
Dr. Mary Tiles, Great Britain
Dr. Liana Tsenova, New York City College of Technology
Dr. Iris Turkenkopf, Mount Saint Mary College
Dr. Gregory Van Doren
Dr. Rikki Wagstrom, Metropolitan State University
Dr. Greg Wahl, Montgomery College
Dr. Marcia Walsh, Merrimack College
Dr. Sally Wasileski, University of North Carolina at Asheville
Dr. Martha Weller, Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. Kelly Wentz-Hunter, Roosevelt University
Dr. Bonnie Williams, University of Akron
Dr. Donyel Williams, Harold Washington College
Dr. Patricia Wilson, La Salle University
Dr. Tom Wood, George Mason University
Dr. Adrienne Wootters, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Katharine York, Southern New Hampshire University
Dr. Winnie Yu, Southern Connecticut State University
Dr. Thomas Zachariah, Loyola Marymount University

National Fellowship Board

Fellows are selected by a distinguished national fellowship board following review of applications and upon the recommendation of the SENCER national office. The board is responsible for making appointments and providing overall guidance to the fellowship program.

Ultimately, however, we plan for the fellows, themselves, to develop into a self-governing element within the SENCER organization. To encourage this, at each of our SENCER summer institutes, in addition to being recognized and honored, fellows are invited to participate as a council to plan activities and events, provide advice and guidance to the national staff, and shape the future of the fellowship program and SENCER, itself. Fellows are also invited to affiliate with a regional SENCER center for innovation. The centers host gatherings of fellows in connection with regional events.

  • Dr. David Ferguson, Stony Brook University, chair
  • Dr. Robert Full, University of California—Berkeley
  • Dr. Jay Labov, National Research Council
  • Dr. Cathy Middlecamp, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dr. Barbara Tewksbury, Hamilton College
  • Dr. Eric Darr, ex officio
  • Mr. David Burns, ex officio
  • Ms. Danielle Kraus Tarka, secretary to the Board
How to Become a Leadership Fellow

SENCER Visiting Scholars

SENCER invites faculty and academic leaders who want to pursue research interests connected to SENCER’s goals and who are willing to devote a sabbatical period to supporting our national dissemination efforts to apply for an appointment as a visiting scholar.

Aim of Program

  • Establish SENCER ideals in practice
  • Develop pedagogical practices
  • Explore strategies for sustaining and implementing reform
  • Encourage affiliations with national disciplinary associations
  • Promote effective assessment strategies
  • Support new areas of application

How to Apply to Become a SENCER Visiting Scholar

Please send a cover letter, a current C.V., and a proposal for your work to sencer@sencer.net or by mail to:

The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement
2000 P St NW
Suite 308
Washington, DC 20036

The Work of the SENCER Visiting Scholar

Scholars generally serve for a semester or year and are designated by their major professional identification, such as “SENCER visiting scientist,” or “SENCER visiting mathematician.”

Visiting scholars do not have to be in residence, but may use the national office when in Washington, DC. While SENCER offers no salary subvention, we do provide modest support for travel, presentations at relevant meetings, and other activities.

Past Visiting Scholars

Bob FrancoDr. Robert Franco is director of the Office for Institutional Effectiveness and Professor of Pacific Anthropology at Kapiolani Community College. During his time as a Scholar, Bob will try to identify funding sources for the development of “community science centers” and K-College STEM Pipelines for underserved communities and under-represented students. These pipelines highlight the important role of SENCER courses in first- and second-year science curriculum, associate degrees, and transfer pathways. He will also continue to advance strategic synergies between Campus Compact and EPSCoR Outreach in those states that have both of these programs. He will be presenting varied STEM Pipeline models to colleagues in ten states: Colorado, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Montana, and Oklahoma, and hopes to be based at the New England Research Center for Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston in April 2013. He will present a poster on “Taking STEM Pipelines Seriously” at the Washington, DC SENCER Poster event, and at the SENCER Summer Institute.

Natalie KuldellDr. Natalie Kuldell is a principal investigator of the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC) and instructor in biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. SynBERC is an NSF-supported partnership of UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, Stanford, Harvard, MIT and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences. Natalie serves as associate education director for SynBERC. She develops discovery-based curricula drawn from current literature to engage undergraduate students in structured, reasonably authentic laboratory and project-based experiences. The BioBuilder Education Foundation (TBEF), which Natalie leads, grew out of the development of classroom modules that replicate existing, relevant scientific experiments, creating mechanisms for students to contribute to the global knowledge base of the properties being tested. TBEF puts current research into the hands of teachers and students, through the training and certification of teachers, and the implementation of the BioBuilder curriculum in the classroom setting. During her time as a Visiting Scholar, Natalie will contribute her expertise to SENCER collaborations with secondary schools, offer a session on synthetic biology at the Summer Institute, and share her work and thoughts on improving STEM education with our community.

Dennis Lehman
Harold Washington College
(Chemistry)