UFERN Speaker Series: Ep. 1 w/ Dr. Susan Singer

Undergraduate Field Experiences Challenges and Opportunities
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Dr. Susan Singer, Provost and VP of Academic Affairs at Rollins College, is the first speaker in the UFERN Speaker Series of webinars. During her talk Dr. Singer addresses the following:

  • What both NSF and university administrators see as the “big picture” of improving undergraduate education.
  • Authentic field experiences and evidence for their value.
  • Unique opportunities this network might address in using evidence to improve undergraduate field experiences, and the possibility for broadening participation in STEM.

About Susan

Susan Rundell Singer is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Rollins College. Previously, she was Division Director for Undergraduate Education at NSF and Laurence McKinley Gould Professor, in the Biology and Cognitive Science Departments at Carleton where she served for 30 years. She pursues a career that integrates science and education with an aim to improving undergraduate education at scale. Her current, NSF-funded research with Ann Austin at Michigan State is focused on networks of organizations working to improve undergraduate STEM education.

In addition to a PhD in biology from Rensselaer, she completed a teacher certification program in New York State. A developmental biologist who studies flowering in legumes and also does research on learning in genomics, Susan is a AAAS fellow and received both the American Society of Plant Biology teaching award and Botanical Society of America Charles Bessey teaching award. She directed Carleton’s Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching, was an NSF program officer in Biology, and is a co-author of the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology report and an introductory biology text. She has served on numerous boards, including the NSF EHR advisory committee, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study Board, and the Botanical Society board of directors; chairs the AAAS Education Section; participates in the Minnesota Next Generation Science Standards team; and was a member of the National Academies’ Board on Science Education. She has participated in six National Academies studies, including chairing the committees that authored America’s Lab Report, Promising Practices in STEM Undergraduate Education and Discipline-based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering.  

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