S4HE Chairs and Directors Panel
Dr. Reid Bishop, Chair of Chemistry, Belhaven University
Dr. G. Reid Bishop is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and the Chair of the Division of Sciences at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi where he teaches across the chemical sciences. He also develops and teaches interdisciplinary STEM courses that teach physical sciences through the perspectives of civic engagement and environmental stewardship. Reid’s research and publications span a broad range of interests from the energetics of molecular recognition to the analysis of the molecular diversity of medicinal plant extract to citizen sciences projects focusing on ecosystem conservation and environmental health. Prior to coming to Belhaven, Reid was Director of the National Audubon Society’s Mississippi River Field Institute which is when he began working with SENCER as an advisory board member of SCI-Southwest.
Dr. Ulla Hasager, College of Social Sciences Director of Civic Engagement, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dr. Ulla Hasager is leading civic-engagement programs working with Pacific Islanders, including Native Hawaiians. In close collaboration with local community and institutional partners, she has created and continue to lead innovative community-engagement programs such as the decades long trans-institutional and trans-disciplinary cultural-environmental Mālama I Nā Ahupuaʻa, which became a leading high-impact educational model in sustainability and STEM education. She is a Danish Anthropologist, specialized in environmental and global anthropology, sustainability, Oceania, ethnicity and indigeneity, civic and community engagement, social justice, and trans-disciplinary research and education. As co-director of SENCER Center for Innovation West and SENCER Hawaiʻi leader, she has been instrumental in creating multiple, innovative professional development and collaboration opportunities for instructors and leaders locally and nationally. Her main focus is on connecting indigenous knowing, research and practice with research and learning in “traditional” science disciplines, as exemplified by her leadership in the Transcending Barriers to Success: Connecting Indigenous and Western Knowledge Systems to Tackle Grand Challenges project, which supports STEM success for students.
Dr. Vikki Rodgers, Chair of Math and Sciences, Babson College
Vikki Rodgers is a Professor of Ecology who joined Babson College in September 2007 and currently serves as Chair of the Math and Science Division. She received her B.S. in Biology at the University of New Hampshire and her Ph.D. in Forest Ecology at Boston University. She teaches a variety of courses in: Ecology, Botany, Climate Change, and Biomimicry to undergraduate business students. As a field ecology researcher she is interested in all aspects of global environmental change, but focuses on the effects of climate change and the spread of invasive species. Currently she co-directs the Boston Area Climate Experiment (BACE) field site in Waltham, MA and serves on the Board of Directors for the Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN). She was awarded Babson’s Deans Award for Teaching Excellence in 2012, the Faculty Scholarship Award in 2014, and the Women Who Make a Difference Award in 2016. Since 2016 she has served as a Posse Foundation Mentor to 10 amazing Babson scholars from NYC.
Dr. Robert Seiser, Director of Graduate Programs and Academic Partnerships, Roosevelt University
Robert Seiser is an associate professor and director of graduate programs and academic partnerships at Roosevelt University, an institution with both an urban high-rise campus in Chicago and suburban commuter campuses. A cell biologist by training, he has taught courses in research methods and the history of science, and has also presented talks and conference papers on STEM education research. Robert was the co-PI on a NIH Bridges to the Baccalaureate grant in collaboration with Elgin Community College. A longtime member of the SENCER community, he serves as co-director of the SENCER Center for Innovation–Midwest, which focuses on STEM faculty development and civic engagement in biology education. In 2012, Robert and his colleagues received the William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science from the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. He is a graduate of Lawrence University and Duke University and joined the Roosevelt faculty in 2004.
Dr. Kathy Browne, Chair, Department of Geological, Environmental & Marine Sciences, Rider University
Dr. Kathleen M. Browne received her Ph.D. from the University of Miami in 1993 and holds the rank of Associate Professor at Rider University in the Department of Geological, Environmental Sciences (GEMS) and is currently chairperson of the department. Her graduate work was focused in the field of carbonate sedimentology. Most recently, Kathy has been working with students to study eutrophic lakes and invasive plant species, and implement solutions to address issues identified in this work. She also has been working on science education projects, including the use of digital media to enhance learning, developing connection-making skills, improve student learning by using the NGSS, and the use of civic engagement in the learning process. From 2003 until 2013, Kathy served as the University’s Assistant Provost and Academic Director of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning, as well as the Director of the Rider Science Education and Literacy Center (SELECT). She is currently serving as co-Director of the MidAtlantic Regional SENCER Center for Innovation. Kathy is a very satisfied “graduate” of the S4HE Values-Based Leadership Development program in 2019, among a variety of other leadership development programs, and since 2012, she has cofacilitated Rider University’s Academic Leadership Development Program.