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Bennett Goldberg to join Office for Research

Has led the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching since 2016

Bennett Goldberg
Goldberg will serve as director of research in higher education, training and evaluation.

After leading Northwestern’s Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching for the past four years, Bennett Goldberg joined the Office for Research effective Sept. 12, where he will serve as director of research in higher education, training and evaluation.

In this role, he will continue the support he has provided for faculty across the institution to advance their research and engagement in higher education, training and evaluation. Goldberg will remain on the faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

During Goldberg’s tenure as director and assistant provost for learning and teaching, the Searle Center worked to strengthen the connections between teaching practice and research, amplify educational innovation and research of faculty, educate and support faculty, postdocs, graduate students and undergraduates, and advance Northwestern’s commitments to assessment, evaluation and inclusive teaching. The many initiatives, programs, and projects related to inclusive teaching, professional development and training and evaluation were significantly funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

As assistant provost for learning and teaching he chaired the Assessment and Accreditation Council, co-chaired the Committee to Reimagine CTECs, and co-created and served on the executive steering committee of Learning and Technology Advisory Council (LTAC), which was most recently integral to the development of the practicum in the foundations of online teaching.

Goldberg is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is recipient of a Sloan Foundation Fellowship and a Presidential Young Investigators Award. He joined Northwestern in 2016 from Boston University where he was a professor of physics and director of STEM education initiatives in the Office of the Provost.

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