SENCER Visiting Scholars



SENCER invites faculty and academic leaders who want to pursue research interests connected to SENCER’s goals and who are willing to devote a sabbatical period to supporting our national dissemination efforts to apply for an appointment as a Visiting Scholar.

Aim of Program

- Establish SENCER Ideals in practice

- Develop pedagogical practices

- Explore strategies for sustaining and implementing reform

- Encourage affiliations with national disciplinary associations

- Promote effective assessment strategies

- Support new areas of application

How to Apply to Become a SENCER Visiting Scholar

Please send a cover letter, a current C.V., and a proposal for your work to or by mail to:

The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement

2000 P St NW

Suite 210

Washington, DC 20036

The Work of the SENCER Visiting Scholar

Scholars generally serve for a semester or year and are designated by their major professional identification, such as “SENCER Visiting Scientist,” or “SENCER Visiting Mathematician.” 

Visiting scholars do not have to be in residence, but may use the national office when in Washington, DC. While SENCER offers no salary subvention, we do provide modest support for travel, presentations at relevant meetings, and other activities.

Current Scholars

Dr. Robert Franco

Dr. Robert Franco is director of the Office for Institutional Effectiveness and Professor of Pacific Anthropology at Kapiolani Community College. During his time as a Scholar, Bob will try to identify funding sources for the development of “community science centers” and K-College STEM Pipelines for underserved communities and under-represented students. These pipelines highlight the important role of SENCER courses in first- and second-year science curriculum, associate degrees, and transfer pathways. He will also continue to advance strategic synergies between Campus Compact and EPSCoR Outreach in those states that have both of these programs (by ray at testsforge). He will be presenting varied STEM Pipeline models to colleagues in ten states: Colorado, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Montana, and Oklahoma, and hopes to be based at the New England Research Center for Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston in April 2013. He will present a poster on “Taking STEM Pipelines Seriously” at the Washington, DC SENCER Poster event, and at the SENCER Summer Institute.

Dr. Natalie Kuldell

Dr. Natalie Kuldell is a principal investigator of the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC) and instructor in biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. SynBERC is an NSF-supported partnership of UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, Stanford, Harvard, MIT and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences. Natalie serves as associate education director for SynBERC. She develops discovery-based curricula drawn from current literature to engage undergraduate students in structured, reasonably authentic laboratory and project-based experiences. The BioBuilder Education Foundation (TBEF), which Natalie leads, grew out of the development of classroom modules that replicate existing, relevant scientific experiments, creating mechanisms for students to contribute to the global knowledge base of the properties being tested. TBEF puts current research into the hands of teachers and students, through the training and certification of teachers, and the implementation of the BioBuilder curriculum in the classroom setting. During her time as a Visiting Scholar, Natalie will contribute her expertise to SENCER collaborations with secondary schools, offer a session on synthetic biology at the Summer Institute, and share her work and thoughts on improving STEM education with our community.




Past Visiting Scholars


Cynthia Kaus

Metropolitan State University




Sherryl Broverman

Duke University (Biology)





Garon Smith

University of Montana (Chemistry)





Marion Field Fass

Beloit College (Biology)



Dennis Lehman

Harold Washington College (Chemistry)