Danielle Harlow has been appointed Director of the UCSB Certificate in College and University Teaching (CCUT) and co-Director of the CCUT Faculty Advisory Board (FAB). The CCUT is designed for doctoral students who wish to demonstrate superior competence and experience in preparation for teaching at the university or college level. Certificate requirements include completion or attainment of a number of teaching-related skills and experiences culminating in independent instruction of an entire course with the support of a UCSB faculty mentor.
The CCUT Advisory Board is composed of 29 faculty members representing all Colleges, Schools, and Divisions at UCSB. The Board is appointed by the Dean of the Graduate Division in consultation with the Chair of Graduate Council. Dr. Harlow is taking over her new positions from Dr. Diane Mackie of the Department of Psychology. Her co-chair of the CCUT FAB will be Dr. Lisa Berry of Instructional Development.
Danielle Harlow is a Professor in the Department of Education and the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Faculty Development. Harlow’s work focuses on science and engineering education for elementary school children and teachers and the role that informal science environments can play in children’s and teachers’ learning. Harlow also collaborates on multiple research and education programs with MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, a museum designed to encourage visitors to learn about science and engineering through exploring and innovating, a vision that aligns with national goals for schools. She is currently PI of two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). One, in collaboration with MOXI, focuses on developing elementary teachers' capacity to integrate engineering into their curriculum through pre and post activities that extend the learning of MOXI field trip programs. The other, in collaboration with faculty from 5 universities is developing activities resources to help the public understand ideas related to quantum computing. Harlow teaches courses in the graduate program in Education about technology, STEM education, and design-based research and teaches elementary school science methods in the Teacher Education Program. Each year, Harlow directs the UCSB School Maker Faire, where elementary student teachers facilitate interactive science and making activities for local children. She earned her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and M.S. in Geophysics at Stanford University.