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Goldey elected as SENCER Leadership Fellow


Wofford biology professor achieves honor

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Dr. Ellen S. Goldey, professor of biology at Wofford College, has been elected a 2008-2009 SENCER Leadership Fellow by the National Fellowship Board of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement.

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.

“Ellen Goldey has been at the forefront of the National Science Foundation efforts to improve and enhance science education in America at the undergraduate level,” says Dr. David S. Wood, dean of Wofford. “It comes as no surprise that the NSF and SENCER have chosen to honor her. They have made a wise and strategically smart selection.”

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 honoree:

“Professor Goldey has been a long-term leader in the SENCER program, beginning with her enthusiastic participation in our first Summer Institute and continuing though her subsequent distinguished service as a senior associate and core faculty member at institutes and SENCER meetings. Ellen has done important, path-breaking work using a learning community platform to foster deeper learning in the sciences and connected learning to liberal arts disciplines. Her interest in improving learning has led to a new focus in her work on assessment.

“As a SENCER Leadership Fellow,” he continued, “Ellen plans to work to support the expansion of SENCER courses at Wofford and to assist peers, on a regional and national basis, in developing more effective assessment strategies designed to enhance achievement and deepen learning.”

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

In April, Goldey, along with Dr. Byron McCane, the Albert C. Outler Professor of Religion and chairman of the department, represented Wofford in Washington, D.C., at the poster session and reception of the SENCER’s Washington Symposium.

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

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