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Science Educator Named to Jorge Professorship in Education

11/23/16

As MCLA’s newly appointed Evelyn H. and Arlindo Jorge Professorship in Education, Dr. Nick Stroud says he “hopes to help create a virtuous cycle of positive change and efforts in local science education.”

“In particular, I aim to support and encourage excellent science education in local public schools, positively impact the science learning experiences of undergraduates, and foster a love of science in current and future teachers,” said Stroud, an associate professor of technology and science education at MCLA. “I view these efforts as part of my civic and social duties, and believe they hold additional importance given the current state of our nation.”

According to MCLA President James F. Birge, Stroud was nominated to the Jorge chair based on his expertise and influence as an educator of science educators, as well as the promise of his future collaborations to the field of science education and the greater community.

Stroud’s professional work, Birge explained, impacts how MCLA considers science education not only in our educator preparation program, but through the process of preparing and now implementing Massachusetts’ Next Generation Science Standards.

In addition to his work at MCLA, Stroud is the principal investigator of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) “Teaching to Learn” grant, funded through the NSF's Improving Undergraduate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education program. Since 2014, the "Teaching to Learn" grant has underwritten a partnership between MCLA and relevant community partners, including public schools and Williams College.

In addition, he serves on the advisory boards of several other important local grants – including the 21st Century Learning grant for BART Charter School. He also is an elected member of Williamstown Elementary School’s Endowment Board, and serves on the Berkshire STEM Pipeline Network’s steering committee.

Beyond the Berkshires, Stroud is the project advisor for “NASA, Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms,” and a member of the WGBH Advisory Board. He is an advisory council member of NSF’s “Using the Flipped Classroom to Address Equity in Physics Achievement,” and an advisory board member for the “Address Equity in Physics Achievement, WestEd, WGBH, and MIT.

“The achievements and contributions Dr. Stroud has made, and will continue to make, more than support his appointment to the Jorge Chair,” Birge said. “I look forward to his continued leadership and scholarship as our Jorge Professor.”

“I am deeply honored and humbled by this appointment,” Stroud said, “and am grateful to the Jorge family for their ongoing support of education.”

The Evelyn H. and Arlindo Jorge Professorship in Education was established by Arlindo Jorge, an eminent electrical engineer. He donated the fund to MCLA in honor of his late wife, who graduated from the College in 1944 and dedicated her life to education.