Dr. Susan Elrod started as the Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Fresno State in January 2013. She holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California-Davis and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from California State University-Chico. Prior to joining Fresno State, she was the Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) at the Association of American Colleges & Universities in Washington, D.C. In this position, she launched several multi-campus, national STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) 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.
From 1997 – 2012, Dr. Elrod was a professor of Biological Sciences at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she taught extensively and conducted both scientific and educational research. Among her administrative accomplishments, Dr. Elrod led development of their WASC institutional proposal self-study themes, and served as assistant chair of the Biological Sciences Department, associate dean in the College of Science and Mathematics, and as the director of the Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESaME). At CESaME she was responsible for the growth of the STAR Teacher Researcher program, which is a summer research program for aspiring science and mathematics teachers. In addition, she has more than 10 years of experience leading faculty development programs, consults with campuses and organizations regarding undergraduate STEM education reform, and was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow. She is a California native and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors.