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SENCER Leadership Fellows Honors Dewar and Larson

SENCER Leadership Fellows Honors Dewar and Larson

Professors Jacqueline Dewar and Suzanne Larson of Loyola Marymount University have been elected 2008-2009 SENCER Leadership Fellows by the National Fellowship Board of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. Dewar and Larson are professors of mathematics.

Fellowships honor educators for their exemplary leadership and commitment to the improvement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. The Fellowships provide opportunities for honorees to continue their efforts. SENCER Leadership Fellows are elected to 18-month terms, following nomination and application review. A total of 76 Fellows were chosen from among the nominees drawn from the 1,300 eligible faculty members and academic leaders.

SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) is the signature program of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, a research center affiliated with Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. A faculty development and science education reform initiative supported by the National Science Foundation, SENCER stimulates student engagement in science and mathematics through courses and programs focused on real world problems. This method extends the impact of student learning across the curriculum to the broader community and society.

On behalf of the National Fellowship Board, David Ferguson, distinguished service professor of Stony Brook University and board chair, expressed his congratulations and had this to say about the honorees:

“Professor Dewar is a national leader in what the Carnegie Foundation describes as the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has focused that scholarship and her energies in her work with SENCER, helping, among other things, to modify our learning assessment instruments to be specific and sensitive to mathematics learning. A mathematician and mathematics educator, Professor Larson (with Jackie Dewar and their colleague, Thomas Zachariah) were among the first scholars nationally to translate the SENCER ideals into practical strategies to improve quantitative literacy for the college student population. The course they developed with SENCER support has been named a national model.”

As a SENCER Leadership Fellows, Jackie will be disseminating her innovative work in assessment, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and in mathematics education, generally, to the broader SENCER community. Suzanne will be expanding her work to focus on applying SENCER ideals to courses for more mathematically-sophisticated students. Both Suzanne and Jackie will be assisting the SENCER program to build alliances with the national mathematics education community.

“We in the National Fellowship Board and the National Center have the highest hopes and expectations for the success of Suzanne’s and Jackie’s ’s efforts and look forward to having the benefit of their advice and counsel as we plan for the future,” said David Burns, the executive director of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement.

For more information on SENCER, NCSCE and the Leadership Fellows program, please visit www.sencer.net, or contact (202) 483-4600.