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Clarkson University Welcomes Rivera as Assistant Professor of STEM Education

Clarkson University has welcomed Seema Rivera as an assistant professor of STEM Education.

Seema RiveraRivera was previously a faculty member at Union Graduate College (UGC), which merged into Clarkson in February. She is based at Clarkson's Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, N.Y., the former UGC.

Rivera's areas of academic interest include preservice secondary science teachers and their understanding of the nature of science (NOS) as well as pedagogy in the science classroom.

Most recently, she is conducting research on the Teaching Assistant Training Academy or TATA. This institute is a joint creation between several departments of Clarkson University that include biology, chemistry, physics, math, engineering and education. TATA is a way of increasing STEM teaching assistant pedagogical skills as they enter their Ph.D. program and are expected to teach undergraduate students.

She has written articles for refereed journals and presented her work at national and international conferences. Most recently, she presented "STEM-ing the Tide: STEM College Attrition Rates" at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Before this position, Rivera was an instructional designer/teaching & learning specialist at Schenectady County Community College, and a lecturer in science education and education courses at the University at Albany. She also has classroom experience teaching chemistry to high school students in New York State public schools.

She received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Binghamton University, her master of science in adolescent education in chemistry from the College of St. Rose, and her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a focus in science education from the University at Albany.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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