Longtime SENCER Community member Matt Fisher will deliver the plenary address at the 2018 SENCER Summer Institute which focuses on the ways in which involvement with SENCER can shape a career. Matt’s talk will explore the relationship between SENCER and the scholarship of teaching and learning, drawing on his 15 years of engagement with the SENCER community and methods. His talk will also explore the challenge of encouraging all of our students to “hear the cries of the world” and use their knowledge, particularly knowledge in STEM fields, to respond appropriately to those cries.
Matt Fisher is an associate professor of chemistry at Saint Vincent College and a senior fellow with the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, where he coordinates NCSCE’s efforts in the scholarship of teaching and learning. He received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Temple University in 1982 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. In addition to his responsibilities as a faculty member, Matt was department chair for seven years and the director of Saint Vincent College’s Teaching Enhancement and Mentoring Program for a similar length of time. He has developed two SENCER model courses: Chemistry of Daily Life: Diabetes and Malnutrition (2005) and Undergraduate Biochemistry Through Public Health Issues (2009). Chemistry of Daily Life is a course for non-science majors that fulfills general education requirements while Undergraduate Biochemistry Through Public Health consists of two courses for undergraduate STEM majors. Matt has been active in the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Division of Chemical Education, serving on the Division Program Committee and as meeting program co-chair for the Division’s program at the August 2008 ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia. He was a member of the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI) for over a decade, helped lead CEI’s efforts in education during that time, and chaired the committee in 2013. He now serves as a member of the ACS Committee on Science where he chairs the Public Policy Subcommittee. Matt is a 2005 Carnegie Scholar and spent the 2005-2006 academic year working on a project to connect topics in undergraduate biochemistry to public policy, public health, and institutional/personal values in support of integrative learning. He has given presentations at conferences and facilitated workshops on integrative learning in the context of undergraduate science courses, published several book chapters on his work in SENCER, and is co-author (with Jacqueline Dewar and Curtis Bennett) of the forthcoming volume The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: A Guide for Scientists, Engineers, and Mathematicians. Matt has been recognized as an ACS Fellow and received the ACS-CEI Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education in 2015.