Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching staff members are ready to answer your questions.
Our staff members bring experience in higher education and teaching in a wide array of fields, and several are current members of the Northwestern faculty.
Our Advisory Board, Graduate Students, and Fellows provide integral support to our programs, research, and other projects.
For general inquiries, call 847-467-2338 or email email@example.com. See the contact us page for our address and office hours.
Greg Light | Director
Gregory Light is the director of the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching and an associate professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Full bio
Susanna Calkins | Associate Director, Faculty Programs
As Associate Director, Susanna leads many of the faculty development initiatives at the Center, collaborating with many divisions across the university. Full bio.
Denise Drane | Associate Director, Research & Evaluation
Denise leads the Center's research initiatives and oversees the numerous in-house program evaluation projects. Full bio.
Marina Micari | Associate Director
A member of the Searle Center staff since 2003, Marina oversees the Center's undergraduate programming, as well as running the faculty workshop series and serving as a lead in program evaluation projects. Full bio
Nancy Ruggeri | Associate Director, Graduate Programs
Nancy joined the Searle Center in 2012 with a diverse research background ranging from primate behavioral ecology to college science education. Full bio.
Remi Akinyemi | Project Coordinator
Remi provides support to the Director and Associate Director of Research & Evaluation for various research initiatives. Full bio.
Rachael Baiduc | Research Associate
Rachael Baiduc is a Research Associate at the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching. Full bio.
Sami Basha | Visiting Scholar
Sami Basha, is a visiting Fulbright Scholar to the Searle Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning working on research to promote critical thinking skills in the Palestinian higher education. Full bio.
Christine Simonian Bean | Graduate Assistant
Christine Simonian Bean is a Graduate Assistant at the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching. Full bio.
Luke Flores | Senior Associate, BioEXCEL and NU Bioscientist
Luke Flores is the Director of the BioEXCEL program and the Coordinator for the NU Bioscientist program, both of which are part of the Northwestern University Ventures in Biological Education (nuVIBE) funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Full bio.
Andrew French | Undergraduate Academic Programs Coordinator
Andy coordinates several Searle Center programs, including the Gateway Science Workshop (GSW) program. Full bio.
Muveddet Harris | Faculty Programs Associate
Muveddet Harris works as a Program Associate supporting faculty programs, research projects, and program assessment. Full bio.
Xavier Keith Price Kirkham | Assistant Website and Marketing Coordinator
Xavier Kirkham joined the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching as Assistant Website and Marketing Coordinator in 2014. Full Bio.
Erica Maslanka | Undergraduate Academic Programs Coordinator
Erica coordinates the Academic Mentoring Program (AMP) at the Searle Center, among other programs. Full bio.
David Molina | Graduate Assistant
David Molina is a Graduate Assistant at Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching. Full bio.
Theresa Pfister | Graduate Programs Associate
Theresa joined the Searle Center in 2014 and supports our graduate student programs. Full bio
Dreana Rubel | Center Manager
Dreana provides administrative support to many of the programs and research projects at the Searle Center. Full bio.
Bernhard T. Streitwieser | International Research Associate
Bernhard Streitwieser was a staff member of the Searle Center from 2002 to 2010, where he served as an Associate Director coordinating research and evaluation for the Gateway Science Workshop Program (GSW). Full Bio.
Su Swarat was a member of the Searle Center staff from 2001 to 2012, focusing on projects related to STEM education. Full bio.
A former Gateway Science Program Coordinator, Sara now consults on various teaching-and-learning projects for the Searle Center. Full bio.