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TWU’s Sheardy elected as SENCER Leadership Fellow


CREDIT: Susan Sponsler-Carstarphen

WASHINGTON, D.C./DENTON — Dr. Richard Sheardy, professor and chair of the Texas Woman’s University chemistry and physics department, has been elected a 2008-2009 SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Leadership Fellow by the National Fellowship Board of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement.

Dr. Sheardy is one of 76 educators elected to the inaugural class of fellows from the more than 1,300 faculty members and academic leaders who are part of the SENCER community. SENCER is a national initiative that engages students in science and math by focusing coursework on real world problems.

“As a SENCER Fellow, I plan to expand on the SENCER practices already in place at TWU,” Dr. Sheardy said. “I will work with faculty to apply the SENCER principle of relating issues such as global warming and stem-cell research to students in non-science disciplines. I also hope to work with local schools to involve students in scientific learning and civic engagement before they attend college.”

According to SENCER, these fellowships honor educators for their exemplary leadership and commitment to the improvement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

“Dr. Sheardy’s enthusiasm about the SENCER approach and his leadership in developing science education initiatives that foster civic engagement have generated interest in SENCER ideals across disciplines on the TWU campus,” said Dr. Ann Staton, dean of the TWU College of Arts and Sciences. “I am excited about the possibilities for additional interdisciplinary activities at TWU, as well as SENCER partnerships with local schools.”

SENCER is a comprehensive faculty development and science education reform project funded by the National Science Foundation. For more information on SENCER, visit www.sencer.net.


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