Laura Frost

College of Arts and Sciences

Florida Gulf Coast University

Laura Frost is Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, Interim Director of Graduate Studies and Former Director of the Whitaker Center for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education and Professor of Chemistry at Florida Gulf Coast University. As Associate Dean Dr. Frost manages Faculty Affairs and Graduate Affairs for the College which includes developing faculty as teacher-scholars. The Whitaker Center serves as a regional hub for expertise and leadership in STEM education reform across all levels of education including professional development for STEM faculty. Dr. Frost continues to be actively engaged in reforming STEM education through inclusive and evidence-based practice and has demonstrated increased student learning in her courses using such approaches.

Dr. Frost served as PI on an NSF-WIDER grant (DUE-1347640) that implements a year long STEM faculty academy at FGCU that asks faculty to incorporate evidence-based practices into introductory STEM courses and measure student learning through a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project. She also served as PI on an NSF Noyce Teacher Scholarship program and a privately funded initiative to identify undergraduate STEM majors as 6-12 STEM teachers in an effort to enhance secondary STEM teaching in SW Florida. Both programs are still active today.

Dr. Frost is also author of a series of guided-inquiry activities and a chemistry textbook for the health professions (Pearson Education). Her textbook takes a unique, active, 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 and has been recognized with several teaching awards over the years.

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Flying with Sankofa: Moving forward by learning from the past part of Accelerating Systemic Change Network:DEI in STEMM Blog Series
It is important to celebrate the heroes in our society who spoke up, and who took action to change systems and improve the lives of many. For instance, our nation celebrates heroes like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ...

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STEM Professional Academy to Reinvigorate the Culture of Teaching (SPARCT) part of Network of STEM Education Centers:Program Descriptions
A multidisciplinary STEM faculty professional development program called STEM Professional Academy to Reinvigorate the Culture of Teaching (SPARCT) is completing its second year at Florida Gulf Coast University. SPARCT includes a 36-hour summer STEM academy and a commitment to a faculty learning community during the subsequent academic year. We chronicled faculty development progress through video interviews with participants, student retention, interest, and confidence in SPARCT participant classes, and faculty feedback on programming.

Whitaker Center for STEM Education at Florida Gulf Coast University part of Network of STEM Education Centers: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.