Amy Marie Shachter

Amy Shachter has served in a number of academic leadership roles ranging from center director, associate dean, summer dean to provost-level administrative appointments.  She has experience in development of new programs, academic majors and minors as well as University-wide centers with special expertise in sustainability education, undergraduate research programs as well as multi-department major STEM strategies. Her work to improve undergraduate education has been supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Science Foundation, W.M. Keck Foundation, Fletcher Jones Foundation, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.


Shachter has a depth of experience in faculty affairs as well as collaborative governance issues. Her expertise ranges from creative models for faculty policies ranging from phased retirement for tenured faculty to adjunct faculty structures. In all of her work, she values team development and sustainable resolutions.  She also specializes in bridging differences and creative problem solving. 

Shachter has also led inclusive excellence initiatives and has developed programs aimed at supporting women in science. As a former Clare Boothe Luce professor, she leads programs aimed at supporting women faculty and students in STEM.

In her most recent academic leadership position, she served as Senior Associate Provost of Research and Faculty Affairs at Santa Clara University.  She received her baccalaureate at Knox College and earned her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Santa Clara University. In addition, Shachter was a co-principal investigator for Science Education and Civic Engagement (SENCER), the longest continually funded NSF science education reform project.  Lastly, she works closely with the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement where she is the National Director for SENCER Centers of Innovation and Regional Engagement, Visiting Research Scholar for 2020-21, and Co-director of the SENCER Center for Innovation-West. 

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