Susan R. Singer
Professor of Biology
Susan Singer is the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of Natural Sciences in the Biology Department at Carleton College, where she has been since 1986. From 2000 to 2003 she directed the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching, then took a research leave supported by a Mellon new directions fellowship. She chaired the Biology Department from 1995 to 1998 and was a National Science Foundation program officer for developmental mechanisms from 1999 to 2001. In her research, she investigates the evolution, genetics, and development of flowering in legumes with an interest in prairie legumes as a biofuel source; many of her undergraduate students participate in this research. She is actively engaged in efforts to improve undergraduate science education and received the Excellence in Teaching award from the American Society of Plant Biology in 2004, co-authors the introductory text Biology with Raven, Johnson, Mason, and Losos. She helped to develop and teaches in Carleton’s Triad Program, a first-term experience that brings students together to explore a thematic question across disciplinary boundaries, as well as a problem solving introductory biology course to bridge the high school to college learning experience. She is a member of the Project Kaleidoscope Board of Directors. At the National Research Council, she was a member of the Committee on Undergraduate Science Education and the Steering Committee on Criteria and Benchmarks for Increased Learning from Undergraduate STEM Instruction and chaired the Committee on High School Science Laboratories: Role and Vision which authored America’s Lab Report; currently she serves on the Board on Science Education and was a science consultant to the NRC Science Learning Kindergarten to Eighth Grade study which authored Taking Science to School . She has B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, all from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.