Meet Interim Provost Susan Elrod
Dr. Susan Elrod joined California State University, Chico as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in October of 2014. Prior to her arrival at Chico State, Dr. Elrod served as Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at California State University, Fresno. During her tenure at Fresno State, Dr. Elrod led initiatives at the university, state and national levels that focused on improving student success and faculty development in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines; while enhancing support for research and expanding community and industry engagement. Dr. Elrod holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from California State University, Chico, where she also served as the President of Associated Students.
Dr. Elrod brings to Chico a strong background in teaching, research and higher education leadership, with particular emphasis in advancing STEM education programs. Prior to her position at Fresno State, Dr. Elrod served from 2010-2012 as Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, D.C. During her tenure at PKAL, Dr. Elrod launched several multi-campus, national STEM education initiatives focused on interdisciplinary learning, sustainability, and STEM student transfer success. She also expanded PKAL’s national program of regional faculty development networks and enhanced PKAL’s Summer Leadership Institute for emerging faculty leaders in the STEM disciplines. Dr. Elrod continues to serve as a senior scholar at AAC&U and as an advisor and research investigator on several national projects.
Dr. Elrod also served as a professor of Biological Sciences at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly). While a faculty member at Cal Poly, Dr. Elrod was engaged extensively in the teaching, research and service mission of the university. She has mentored dozens of research students, is published in scientific journals and holds patents from her work as a postdoctoral fellow in the biotechnology industry. While at Cal Poly, Dr. Elrod also served as Assistant Chair of the Biological Sciences Department, Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, and provided leadership in the development of the university’s WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) self-study. In addition, Dr. Elrod served as Director of Cal Poly’s Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESaME) and was responsible for the growth of the STAR (STEM Teacher and Researcher) program, which provides a summer research program designed for aspiring science and mathematics teachers.
As a higher education administrator, Dr. Elrod has over ten years of experience leading faculty development programs, consulting with colleges, universities and organizations on undergraduate STEM education reform, and served as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.
Dr. Elrod is a California native and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors.