Assistant Provost for Learning and Teaching
Bennett B Goldberg (BA'82, MS'84, PhD'87) was born in Boston, MA in 1959, and is a life-long Red Sox fan. He received a B.A from Harvard College in 1982, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University in 1984 and 1987. Following a Bantrell Post-doctoral appointment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Francis Bitter National Magnet Lab, he joined the physics faculty at Boston University in 1989 and was appointed as Director of STEM Education Initiatives in 2012. He joined Northwestern University in August 2016 as the new Director of the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, Assistant Provost for Learning and Teaching, and Professor of Physics and Astronomy. Goldberg is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a United Methodist Teacher/Scholar of the Year, has been awarded a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and is a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigators Award.
At Boston University, Goldberg became a Professor of Physics, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor of Education, and Professor of Graduate Medical Sciences. He was chair of the Physics Department, Director and founder of Boston University's Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology, and Director and founder of BU’s nanomedicine program. Goldberg was the inaugural Director of STEM Education Initiatives in the Office of the Provost, working with colleges, departments, and faculty in transforming courses to increase the amount of evidence-based and active-learning in STEM instruction, as well as to develop and implement training in teaching and learning for STEM PhDs and postdocs — our nation’s future faculty — and in creating classrooms that are inclusive to a diverse student body.
Goldberg’s research interests are in the areas of nano-optics and spectroscopy of two-dimensional crystals, exploring strain and friction in single-atom-thick layers. He is engaged in projects in near-field and solid immersion imaging, using super-resolution techniques to break the diffraction limit, and imaging through strongly scattering media like tissue and rock; and active research on novel approaches to subcellular imaging, biosensors, and single-virus imaging.
Nationally, Goldberg has been active in building a network of universities preparing future faculty to be excellent researchers and excellent teachers, has co-authored two massive open online courses (MOOCs) for PhDs and postdocs on STEM learning and teaching, and is involved in bringing together cross-sector organizations to scale effective strategies for increasing access to higher education for underrepresented groups.