College of Arts and Sciences
Florida Gulf Coast University
Laura Frost is the Director of the Whitaker Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education and Professor of Chemistry at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Whitaker Center serves as a regional hub for expertise and leadership in STEM education reform across all levels of education and through community partnerships.
Dr. Frost is actively engaged in reforming STEM education through inquiry-based teaching and learning and has demonstrated increased student learning in her courses using this approach. She has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops on this topic. She is currently disseminating these tested techniques across STEM disciplines. In addition, she is author of a series of guided-inquiry activities and a chemistry textbook for the health professions (Pearson Education). Her textbook takes a unique, integrated approach to the delivery of chemical topics that has been shown to increase student interest in the course.
Dr. Frost received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Kutztown University and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been teaching chemistry in higher education since 1995. In 2007, while at Georgia Southern University, she was honored with the Regent’s Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning by the University System of Georgia and was inducted into the Regent’s Hall of Fame for Teaching Excellence.
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Whitaker Center for STEM Education at Florida Gulf Coast University part of STEM Ed Centers: A National Conversation:Center Profiles
The Whitaker Center's vision is one in which all students in K-20 STEM educational environments are actively and collaboratively engaged in inquiry, interdisciplinary learning, and research experiences.