Meet Interim Provost Susan Elrod
1995, Ph.D., Genetics, University of California, Davis (Elizabeth O. Shuster, advisor)
Dissertation: Mutational Analysis of CDC36 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
1986, B.S., Biological Sciences; Minor, Chemistry, California State University, Chico
Honors Research: Ames Testing of Regional Farm Soils
President, Associated Students Inc. (1985–6)
Board of Directors Member, Associated Students Inc. (1984–5)
Fall 2008 – Jan 2013, Full Professor, Biological Sciences Department, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Fall 2003 – 2008, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences Department, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Fall 1997 – 2003, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences Department, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
May 1995 – Aug 1997, Postdoctoral Fellow, Novozymes Biotech, Inc., Davis, CA
Feb 1988 – Aug 1990, Research Associate, Hemotology & Oncology Laboratory, University of California Medical Center, Davis, CA
May 1987 – Jan 1988, Research Assistant, Biogen IDEC, Inc., Mountain View, CA
Oct 2014 – present
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, California State University, Chico
Jan 2013 – Oct 2014
Dean, College of Science and Mathematics, California State University, Fresno
Responsible for leadership and management of the College with 100 full-time faculty and 90 part-time faculty, 30 staff offering undergraduate and master’s level programs to 3900 students in the areas of biology, chemistry, computer science, earth and environmental sciences, mathematics, physics, and psychology. Management of $11 million in state funds
and additional foundation and grant funds.
- Led the College in collaborative visioning and strategic planning effort; strengthened the College’s governance structure and policy infrastructure.
- Created new Advising and Resource Center in a model partnership with Student Affairs to enhance advising and support services as well as opportunities for internships, service learning, and undergraduate research.
- Published ground-breaking, self-supported magazine entitled “Elements” with corporate and alumni sponsorships and 10,000 circulation; enhanced social media and web-based communication strategies.
- Secured $1.5 M National Science Foundation grant for course reform and faculty development leading to improved student learning and success in STEM; led faculty teams to submit additional education-focused grants; worked with the administration on campus grants to improve student success.
- Improved levels of external grants and contract awards and created new programs for supporting faculty and student research.
- Forged new partnerships with local industry resulting in internships and certificate programs; envisioning a new entrepreneurship program in science and technology with industry and community partners.
- Contributed to final design plans for the Jordan Research Center, a novel interdisciplinary research building (groundbreaking in June 2014).
- Formed a new CSM Advisory Board.
- Developed a fundraising strategy, enhanced the alumni database and increased alumni and industry outreach.
- Established new Behavioral Sciences Institute with expanded support for research, education and services for children and adults with Autism spectrum disorders; initiated planning for campus-wide Sustainability Institute; oversight for additional research centers and institutes, including the Downing Planetarium.
- Aligned College personnel practices with University policies and procedures; enforced high standards of performance and review.
- Hired 10 faculty and 12 staff with a focus on diversity; provided comprehensive financial and program support for new faculty research and teaching efforts funded in part by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant.
- Developed university Faculty Leadership Development Fellows program.
Sept 2012 - present
Senior Scholar, Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), Washington, DC
Responsible for continuing to lead Project Kaleidoscope’s Keck/PKAL STEM Education Effectiveness Framework project in California through December 2014, and engaging in other national STEM education-focused projects including participation in the national educational association’s Coalition for Reform of Undergraduate STEM Education.
Jan 2010 - Sept 2012
Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), Washington, DC
Responsible for leadership and operations of national organization dedicated to advancing “what works” in undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) higher education, including setting strategic goals, conceptualizing new initiatives, oversight of a portfolio of six national programs and projects, coordination with other AAC&U offices, and dissemination of program outcomes and trends in STEM higher education.
- Shaped new mission, vision and goals for PKAL.
- Designed and executed a plan to transition PKAL from an independent national organization into full partnership with AAC&U.
- Sharpened AAC&U’s focus on issues of STEM higher education in the strategic plan, national programs, publications and conferences.
- Conceived and launched three national initiatives with $1.5 million in funding from public agencies and private foundations on sustainability issues in the undergraduate curriculum, STEM transfer student success and institutional effectiveness; completed Keck/PKAL Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning project funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation.
- Led PKAL’s Summer Leadership Institute for early and mid-career STEM faculty; grew participation numbers; created a sustainable budget model; enhanced the curriculum and evaluation process.
- Established synergistic collaborations with other AAC&U offices.
- Expanded regional and national opportunities for STEM faculty and leadership development.
- Supported teams of faculty leaders, chairs, deans, provosts and presidents with responsibility for executing PKAL programs.
- Cultivated success of dozens of cross-disciplinary campus teams participating in PKAL projects.
- Promoted growth of PKAL community to nearly 7,000 members nationwide.
- Fostered strategic alliances with other national organizations and scientific societies.
- Created a comprehensive communications strategy for PKAL that included web, blog, Facebook, Twitter and online collaboration environments.
- Served as higher education campus consultant and AAC&U institute faculty member.
July 2009 – Dec 2009
Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives, College of Science and Mathematics, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Responsible for creating an integrated vision for Cal Poly’s science and mathematics education programs, including teacher credential and graduate programs, elementary
teacher undergraduate education, all of which are administratively housed within the College of Science and Mathematics.
- Led committee of faculty from both colleges in drafting an initial vision for integration.
Aug 2007 – Dec 2009
Director, University Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESaME), California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
University-level appointment responsible for interdisciplinary campus center focused on innovative program development for advancing P-20 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.
- Established new campus center guided by a collaboratively generated vision and strategic plan.
- Obtained over $2 million in external funding for STEM education programs and managed relationships with funding foundations and corporate sponsors.
- Built statewide STAR – Science Teacher and Researcher – summer research program for aspiring and early career science teachers on behalf of the California State University (CSU) system.
- Formed relationships with federal laboratories and funding partners in collaboration with Cal Poly President’s Office to create a national STAR program expansion plan.
- Fostered development of new undergraduate programs to enhance science and math teacher education programs at Cal Poly.
- Secured funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Stephen Bechtel Fund for a multi-partner initiative to develop a STEM education network for the state of California (now know as CSLNet.org); managed project operations and executed statewide P-16 community focus groups.
- Built a collaborative community among university faculty from across campus for cross-college program development in STEM teacher education.
- Developed community relationships for P-16 STEM collaborations.
Mar 2007 – Dec 2007
Chair, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Reaccreditation Committee, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Responsible for leading campus committee charged with drafting WASC institutional selfstudy proposal.
- Facilitated campus-wide engagement in development of self-study themes.
- Co-authored successful institutional self-study proposal.
Aug 2006 – May 2007
American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
Participant in selective national higher education leadership development program.
- Studied the scope, structure and function of Colorado College’s interdisciplinary majors; conducted focus group interviews regarding interdisciplinary programs at other institutions.
- Consulted on Colorado College’s North Central Association of Schools and Colleges reaccreditation report, focusing on analysis of assessment and accountability measures, including the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA).
- Facilitated internal data gathering and external review of the faculty development center.
- Participated in President’s cabinet-level evaluation of Colorado College’s strategic plan.
Jun 2005 – Jun 2006
Special Assistant to the Provost, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Responsible for university-level, interdisciplinary center focused on innovative program development for advancing P-20 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.
- Led working groups of faculty and staff to create university-wide student learning objectives and revised mission statement; shepherded approval process through Academic Senate.
- Developed and executed plan for program review of Academic Programs Office, including setting milestones and timeline; helped craft Academic Programs Office mission statement and campus constituent focus group methodology for review; wrote report.
Fall 2003 – Spr 2005
Associate Chair, Biological Sciences Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Responsible for department scheduling, curriculum review and development, program review, and student advising, and special projects.
- Facilitated departmental effort to revise introductory course series for majors; coordinated implementation of new courses; secured funds to pilot new courses; negotiated book adoption contract for new series.
- Oversight for department curriculum and assessment efforts.
- Created and managed the department class, faculty and laboratory facility schedules; developed data-driven scheduling methods.
- Organized initial phases of department program review.
- Coordinated departmental advising events for incoming students and freshmen; advised students with special issues.
Jan 2002 – Dec 2003
Assistant Director, Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Responsible for coordinating faculty development workshop program, including new faculty orientation, Effective Teaching and Learning course and weekly workshops.
- Conceived and launched peer-led, faculty development program with based on Understanding by Design (Wiggins and McTighe, 1998).
- Co-taught Effective Teaching and Learning course and New Teacher Workshop; facilitated 4 workshops per year on various topics.
- Developed teaching resource notebook for new faculty, edited and wrote articles for quarterly newsletter, organized and edited web content for Cal Poly’s Faculty web pages; managed CTL web content.
- Continued as a Faculty Associate through June 2006 with responsibility for co-teaching 10-week Effective Teaching and Learning course and facilitating 2-3 workshops per year.
- Reviewed CTL faculty development grant proposals; mentored recipients.
Project Director, Keck/PKAL STEM Education Framework national project (funded by W.M. Keck Foundation)
Principal Investigator (PI), Fresno State’s Faculty Learning for Outcomes and Knowledge (FLOCK) project (funded by NSF WIDER)
Co-PI, Faculty Development Network for Undergraduate Biology Education (funded by NSF RCN-UBE)
Advisor, California State University (CSU) STEM Collaboratives Initiative (funded by the Helmsley Trust)
Gordon Research Conference on Undergraduate Biology Education Research, Vice Chair (2015; Chair in 2017)
Higher Education Publications
Elrod, S.L. and A. Kezar (2014) Developing Leadership in STEM Fields: The PKAL Summer Leadership Institute, Journal of Leadership Studies 8(1): 33-39; also served as guest editor with A. Kezar for this symposium issue on STEM Faculty Leadership Development Programs.
Elrod, S.L. and A. Kezar (in press) The Keck/PKAL Scientific Framework for Strategic Change in STEM Education: A Leadership Guide for Promoting Institutional Change. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Elrod, S.L. (2014) Quantitative Reasoning: The Next “Across the Curriculum” Movement, Peer Review (in press).
Kezar, A., S. Gehrke and S.L. Elrod. Implicit Theories of Change as a Barrier to Change on College Campuses: An Examination of STEM Reform (submitted to Review of Higher Education)
Polacek, K.M., E. Ingram and S.L. Elrod (in preparation for submission to CBE-Life Sciences Education) Genetics Misconceptions: Review and Implications for Undergraduate Learning
Elrod. S.L. and M.J.S. Roth (2012) Leadership for Interdisciplinary Learning: A Practical Guide to Mobilizing, Implementing, and Sustaining Campus Efforts. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Kezar, A. and S.L. Elrod (2012) Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning: Lessons from Project Kaleidoscope. Change: The Magazine of Higher Education 44 (1): 16-25.
Elrod, S.L. (2011) What Works in Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning in Science and Mathematics. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Elrod, S.L., D. Husic and J. Kinzie (2010) Research and Discovery Across the Curriculum, Peer Review 12 (2): 5-9.
Elrod, S.L. (2010) Project Kaleidoscope 2.0: Leadership for Twenty-First-Century STEM Education, Liberal Education 96 (4): 24-28.
Garvin-Doxas, K., M. Klymkowsky and S.L. Elrod (2007) Building, Using and Maximizing the Impact of Concept Inventories in the Biological Sciences: Report on a National Science Foundation-sponsored Conference on the Construction of Concept Inventories in the Biological Sciences, CBE-Life Science
Education 6: 277-282.
Elrod, S.L. and M.M. Somerville, (2007) Literature-Based Scientific Learning: A Collaborative Model, Journal of Academic Librarianship. 33(6): 684-691.
Textbooks and Test Banks
Elrod, S.L. and William Stansfield (2009) Schaum’s Outline of Theory and Problems of Genetics. 5th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Test Bank for Pierce’s Genetics: A Conceptual Approach textbook (2005), New York, NY: W.H. Freeman Publishers.
Scientific Research Publications
Lord, N.*, C. Kaplan, P. Shank*, C. Kitts and S.L. Elrod. (2002) Assessment of fungal diversity using terminal restriction fragment (TRF) analysis: Comparison of 18S and ITS ribosomal regions. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 24(3): 327-337
Elrod, S.L., A. Jones, R. Berka, J.R. Cherry. (2000) Cloning of the Aspergillus oryzae hemA gene and its use as a selectable marker. Current Genetics 38: 291-8
Hatcher, S.L.S., R.L. Teplitz, S.L. Elrod. (1990) Rapid Alkaline Transfer of Low Molecular Weight DNA From Nusieve Gtg Agarose Gels. Biotechniques 9(3):260-262
Scudder, S.A., S.L. Elrod, P.H. Gumerlock, E.S. Kawasaki. (1990) Detection of the Multidrug Resistance (MDR) Gene Using the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR): Correlation with in vitro Drug-Testing. Clinical Research. 38(1): A133.
*indicates student co-authors
Elrod, S.L., Polypeptides having Uroporphyrinogen Decarboxylase Activity and Nucleic Acids Encoding Same. Novo Nordisk Biotech, Inc., assignee. U.S. Patent 6,200,795, March 13, 2001.
Elrod, S.L., J. Cherry and A. Jones. A Method for Increasing Hemoprotein Production in Filamentous Fungi. Novo Nordisk Biotech, Inc., assignee. U.S. Patents 6,261,827, August 8, 2000; 6,100,057, July 17, 2001.
Jensen, E. B., S.L. Elrod, J. Cherry. Methods for Overproducing Polypeptides in Respiratory-Deficient Cells. Novo Nordisk Biotech, Inc., assignee. U.S. Patent 5,891,669, April 6, 1999.
Elrod, S.L. and J. Cherry. Aspergillus oryzae 5- Aminolevulinic Acid Synthases and Nucleic Acids Encoding Same. Novo Nordisk Biotech, Inc., assignee. U.S. Patents 5,871,991, February 16, 1999; 5,958,747, September 29, 1999.
Science Education Grants and Contracts
At Fresno State
- Elrod, S.L. (PI) and A. Lawson (submitted July 2014) FIPSE First In The World: Fresno State’s STRIVE for Student Success. Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).
- Elrod, S.L. (PI), U. Muller, L. Burger, D. Zhang, M. Golden (2014 – 2017) WIDER: Faculty Learning for OutComes and Knowledge (FLOCK) National Science Foundation grant (DUE # 1347822)
- Allen, D.E., A. Maskiewisc, K. Sirum, C. D’Avanzo, and S.L. Elrod (co-PI) (2014 – 2017) RCN-UBE Faculty Development Network for Undergraduate Biology (FDN-UB) grant (DBI #1346570)
At Project Kaleidoscope
- Elrod, S.L. and A. Kezar (January 2012 - December 2014) Now What? An Institutional STEM Effectiveness Framework for Bringing National Recommendations to Scale, W.M. Keck Foundation
- Elrod, S.L. (June 2011 - September 2012) PKAL: Ramping Up for STEM Success, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Elrod, S.L. (January 2010 - December 2013) PKAL: Mobilizing Disciplinary Societies - Education for a Sustainability Future, Department of Education - Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE # P116B100142).
- Elrod, S.L., and J.L. Narum (January 2008 - June 2012) PKAL: Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning, W.M. Keck Foundation
- Cunningham, B., J. Young, and S.L. Elrod (January 2008 - December 2011) PKAL: STEM Leaders Developing Leaders, National Science Foundation, #0734998.
At Cal Poly
- Elrod, S.L. (September 2009 – December 2010) A National Pilot for the STAR (Science Teacher andResearcher) Program, National Science Foundation Noyce Program, # 0952013
- Elrod, S.L., S. Hackwood, A.P. Diaz, D. Howard-Greene, and S. Ogren (January – December 2009) California STEM Innovation Network Planning Grant, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Stephen Bechtel Fund
- Elrod, S.L. (Mar 2009 – Mar 2010) Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR) Program, Stephen Bechtel Fund
- Elrod, S.L., and J. Bissell (February 2008 - February 2009) Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR) Program, Stephen Bechtel Fund and Fluor Corporation Foundation
- Elrod, S.L. (January 2007 – December 2009) Literature-Based Scientific Learning in Genetics, National Science Foundation, # 0633351; Conceptual Assessment in Biology Meeting II Supplement
Scientific Research Grants and Contracts
Kitts, C., R. Cano, and S.L. Elrod (2001 - 2004) Development of microbial tools for analysis of bioremediation at the Guadalupe Dunes, UNOCAL Corp
Elrod, S.L. (2000 - 2002) Analysis of Fungal Molecular Diversity during Phytoremediation in a Petroleum-Contaminated Dune System, CSUPERB (California State University Programs for Education and Research in Biotechnology)
Elrod, S.L. (1997, 1998, 1999, & 2000) Expression of bovine beta-casein in Aspergillus oryzae. University Summer Services Grants and Faculty Development Grants (Cal Poly)
National Institutes of Health Molecular and Cellular Biology pre-doctoral training grant (1991 - 1992)
University of California, Davis Graduate Research Awards (1990 - 93)
National Conferences and Workshops in Higher Education and Science Education
AAC&U Transforming STEM Education, November 2014, Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education: A Scientific Framework for Leading Strategic Reform (invited pre-conference
Keck/PKAL Project Meeting, April 2014 (meeting organizer and facilitator)
Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement Cottrell Scholars Workshop on Student Success, January 2014
WASC Retreat on Quantitative Reasoning and Assessment in the Major, October 2013 and October 2014 (lead mentor and retreat co-facilitator)
AAC&U Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments; Shared Futures Institute; Institute on General Education and Assessment; Institute on Engaging Departments, 2010-2012 (institute
PKAL STEM Education Framework project meetings, 2011-2013 (project leader & meeting facilitator)
Ramping Up for STEM Success Action Labs, 2011-2012 (project leader & meeting facilitator)
PKAL Summer Leadership Institutes, 2010-2012 (Institute leader) California State University Engaged Department Institute on Community-based Learning in STEM, 2011 (institute faculty)
PKAL Mobilizing Disciplinary Societies for Sustainability project meetings, 2011-2012 (project leader & meeting facilitator)
PKAL/AAC&U Engaged STEM Learning Conferences, 2011-2012 (meeting facilitator)
PKAL Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning Roundtable on the Future of Interdisciplinary Learning, 2010 (project leader & meeting facilitator)
Campus Consulting in Higher Education (2010 - present)
Miami Dade College, Development of Outcomes and Assessment for STEM programs and university learning outcomes (consultant) May and September 2014
Lafayette College, Economics Department – Development of Program Learning Outcomes and Assessment (consultant) March 2014
Howard Hughes Medical Institute - Collaborative Science Education Program, Undergraduate Programs Grant Reviewer
University of La Verne - Biology Department Strategic Planning (consultant)
University of Alabama, Birmingham - College of Science and Math Review (consultant)
Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Science Education Program (consultant)
Morehouse College - 21st Century Learners and Curriculum Design (seminar and workshop)
CSU, Long Beach - Engaged STEM Learning for the 21st Century (seminar and workshop)
The Ohio State University - Interdisciplinary Learning; Inquiry-based Laboratory Design (seminar)
Fashion Institute of Technology - The Science Behind the Design (seminar)
Lafayette College - Defining General Education Science Learning Outcomes (workshop)
Miami Dade College - Campus Priorities for STEM Education (seminar and workshop)
Mount Royal University - Undergraduate Research and High Impact Practices in STEM (seminar)
Recent Higher Education Conference Presentations and Keynote Addresses
- AAC&U Annual Meeting, Ensuring Quality in Undergraduate STEM Programs: New Frameworks for Transforming STEM Teaching and Learning (conference session with Geoffrey Chase, Linda Slakey, Emily Miller and Adrianna Kezar)
- AAC&U STEM Education Conference, A Comprehensive Institutional Framework for Undergraduate STEM Education: Reports from a Keck/PKAL Project (conference session with Stephen Schellenberg, Sue Lowery, Marco Molinaro)
- WASC Retreat on Quantitative Reasoning and Assessment in the Major, Look it’s math, it’s statistics, it’s history, it’s psychology! It’s Quantitative Reasoning! (keynote address)
- AAC&U Annual Meeting, A Leadership Guide for Planning, Implementing, and Institutionalizing Interdisciplinary Programs (conference session with Mary J.S. Roth); Implementing Reform in Life Science Education: Institutional Strategies for Wider Scale Success (conference session with Cynthia Bauerle)
- Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) Annual Meeting, Leadership for Interdisciplinary Learning in STEM (conference presentation with David Brakke and Judith Dilts)
- Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Project Director’s Conference, Faculty Development and STEM Education, panel presentation
- Transforming Education Conference, PKAL: Leadership for Implementing Change in STEM Education (conference presentation with Judith Dilts and Lynn Zimmerman)
- Teaching Scholar’s Institute Conference, University of Oklahoma, keynote address
- American Psychology Association Education Leadership Conference, panel presentation on interdisciplinary programs
- University of Wisconsin, Whitewater College of Science and Mathematics Fall Conference, keynote address
- International Conference on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), keynote address University of Wisconsin System Teaching and Learning Conference, keynote address
Advisory and Review Boards
- Redesigning Lecture, Lawrence Hall of Science (Berkeley, CA) NSF project
- BlueTech Valley Advisory Committee (Fresno, CA)
- Commission on the Future of Agriculture at Fresno State
- 59 Days of Code (59DOC) (Fresno, CA)
- WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) evaluation team member
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) NEXUS Project Advisory Board
- AAC&U Shared Futures/Global Learning in General Education Project Advisory Board
- Learning Spaces Collaboratory Advisory Board
- AAC&U Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future (PCFF) project (funded by the National Science Foundation HBCU-UP) Advisory Board
- California State University Programs for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB), Faculty Consensus Group
- CSU, Chico College of Natural Sciences Advisory Board
Professional Society Membership
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Section Q (Education)
- American Institute for Biological Sciences (AIBS)
- Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
California State University System
Consultant, CSU STEM Collaboratives Project, Fall 2014
Representative, CSU Lower Division Transfer Pattern Meetings, Spring 2005
Co-organizer, CSU Biology Curriculum Initiative Workshop, Apr 2004
California State University, Fresno
Chair, Vice Provost Search Committee, Summer 2014
Member, President’s Commission on the Future of Agriculture, 2014 – present
Member, DISCOVERe Tablet Initiative Steering Committee, 2014 - present
Member, Vice President for University Advancement Search Committee, Spring 2014
Member, President’s Commission on Human Relations and Equity, 2013- present
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Chair, Academic Senate Curriculum Committee, 2004 – 2006
Chair, Status of Women Committee 2005 – 2006
Member, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Search Committee 2004 – 2006
Vice Chair, Academic Senate 2003 - 2004
Member, Science and Technology General Education committee 2001 – 2003
Member, Assessment Committee 2001- 2006
Organizer, Biotech Industry Career Day 1999 – 2006
Apple Polysher Teaching Award, Poly Reps, Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo 1998
National Woman's Political Caucus Outstanding Woman Student Leader, Chico, CA 1985, 1986
Honors Research Program, CSU Chico 1984-85
Omicron Theta Epsilon Biological Honor Society Scholarship, CSU Chico 1984