Dr. Susan Elrod
Susan Elrod serves as the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Chico. She arrived at Chico in October 2014, after serving as Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at California State University Fresno, where she 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.
Prior to her work at Fresno, Elrod served as Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) at the Association of American Colleges & Universities in Washington, DC. During her tenure at PKAL, she led several multi-campus, national STEM education initiatives that focused on interdisciplinary learning, sustainability, and STEM student transfer success. She also expanded PKAL’s national program of regional faculty networks and led PKAL’s Summer Leadership Institute for emerging faculty leaders in the STEM disciplines.
She continues to serve as a senior scholar at AAC&U and as an advisor and investigator on several state and national projects. Recent publications of interest are: Navigating Institutional Change for Student Success in STEM, Quantitative Reasoning: The Next “Across the Curriculum” Movement, and Developing Leadership in STEM Fields. She is also an advisor to California State University system-wide STEM initiatives and a consultant for the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission. Elrod holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. in Biological Science from California State University, Chico.