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Ali Whitmer



  • Higher Ed: Science 


Ali Whitmer is Georgetown College's Associate Dean for Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Washington; her research focuses on the population dynamics and genetics of kelp species. She has taught courses in marine biology and ecology, molecular biology, and science pedagogy. She comes most recently from UC Santa Barbara where she was the Director of Education and a Research Scientist at their Marine Science Institute, prior to that she was the Director of Undergraduate Programs at Arizona State University. Her interests in science education and administration began when she was still a graduate student during which time she worked with administrators to implement a memorial teaching award for graduate students. She has developed her interests with a portfolio of research and teaching in science education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, particularly in the areas of ecology education, women in science, and data visualization. She has worked with national initiatives funded by the National Science Foundation, Sigma Xi, and other science agencies and societies. Her work in university administration includes working with undergraduate research programs, curriculum development and assessment, pre- and in-service teacher training, and university faculty professional development. Her current position allows her to work with faculty from several science disciplines on issues including teaching and learning, curriculum reform, and interdisciplinary initiatives in science education.