Elaine Seymour, FLAG Editorial Board
Dr. Elaine Seymour is the Director of Ethnography and Evaluation Research for the Bureau of Sociological Research at the University of Colorado. The work of her unit is centered on aspects of change in the education and career paths of undergraduate and graduate science, mathematics, and engineering (SME) majors. She helped to develop The Ethnograph, a computer program widely used in qualitative research. She is currently the co-Evaluator for two NSF consortia for the reform of undergraduate chemistry (shared with Joshua Gutwill, the University of California, Berkeley) focusing on processes of change among students, faculty, and departments. This has led to some cross-initiative work, including origination (with Steve Koscuik) of NISE's FLAG web-site, and the Student Assessment of their Learning Gains (SALG) instrument for student-faculty classroom feedback (available via the FLAG).
Recent research includes:
She has also explored recruitment and retention issues of women and students of color in science and engineering.
- a national study published under the title, "Talking about Leaving: Why Undergraduates Leave the Sciences" (Westview Press, 1997);
- a study of career development processes of working graduates, graduate students, and undergraduates in SME disciplines;
- a study of recruitment, retention and employment of engineering, science and computer science undergraduates and graduates with disabilities. (Copies of this report are available from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.)
Her articles on SME recruitment and retention issues have appeared in the American Journal of Physics, Journal of College Science Teaching and Science Education.
She was a contributor to the 1999 report of the Committee on Undergraduate Education (N.R.C.), "Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology." Other committee and panel activities for national agencies include: U.S. Departments of Education and of Energy, The National Science Foundation, National Institute for Science Education, the National Action Committee for Minorities in Engineering, Project Kaleidoscope, and several NSF panels.
Her academic and professional honors include Teaching Excellence Awards, a Fulbright Teaching scholarship and doctoral fellowships from the National Institute of Mental Health and the University of Colorado. She received her B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Keele University in England; an M.A. in Education from the University of Glasgow in Scotland; and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado.