Bennett Goldberg has been appointed assistant provost for learning and teaching, director of the

Bennet GoldbergSearle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching and professor of physics and astronomy at Northwestern University, effective Aug. 1, 2016.


Goldberg currently is the director of STEM Education Initiatives in the Office of the Provost at Boston University and a professor in physics, electrical and computer engineering, biomedical engineering and education.

“Bennett Goldberg is a national voice in the scholarship of learning and teaching,” said Ron Braeutigam, associate provost for undergraduate education at Northwestern. “He will continue the groundbreaking work of Greg Light, former director of the Searle Center, in engaging faculty and administrators in the work of strengthening academic supports for all students, enhancing the culture of assessment and leading the implementation of new educational technologies.”

Goldberg has an impressive portfolio of scholarship around learning and teaching. In his current role, he has been instrumental in working with colleges, departments and faculty to increase the amount of evidence-based and active-learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) instruction and in developing and implementing training in teaching and learning for STEM Ph.D.s and postdoctoral fellows.

From 2004 to 2014, he was director of Boston University’s Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology, which he founded, an interdisciplinary center with academic and industrial scientists and engineers. Goldberg also is the director of the nanomedicine program, which brings together faculty and researchers across two campuses in the physical sciences, engineering and medicine.

Goldberg is a lifelong champion for diversity and inclusion in education, having directed the National Science Foundation Graduate Students in K-12 education programs and served as the science liaison to local urban high schools. He and his colleagues have worked to develop an online course in AP Physics to provide access to students from underserved schools, and they have augmented the course with real and virtual tutoring from Boston University undergraduate students. Goldberg has adopted a hands-on approach to science education, building outreach events and programs for high school students from underserved public high schools and their parents as well as science learning and teaching modules for local elementary schools.


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