About the Directors

Andrea Beach giving a talkDr. Andrea Beach is a professor of higher education leadership and co-founder and co-director of the Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education at Western Michigan University. Her research centers on organizational change in higher education, support of innovation in teaching and learning, faculty learning communities, and faculty development as a change lever. She has been PI and co-PI on NSF-funded grants that have produced several articles on instructional change strategies. She is a co-author of Creating the Future of Faculty Development: Learning from the Past, Understanding the Present, and is currently lead author on a 10-year follow-up to that work, Faculty Development in the Age of Evidence. She is most recently director of a $3.2 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s First in the World program to undertake, document and measure outcomes of institutional transformation aimed at improving the persistence and academic success of students from low-income families and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Charles Henderson giving a talkDr. Charles Henderson is a professor of physics at Western Michigan University,  and the director of the WMU Mallinson Institute for Science Education. He is the co-founder and co-director of the WMU Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education. Much of his research activity is focused on understanding and improving the slow incorporation of research-based instructional reforms into college-level STEM courses. Henderson’s work has been supported by a number of grants and has resulted in a number of publications. In spring 2010, he was a Fulbright Scholar with the Finnish Institute for Educational Research at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Henderson is the senior editor for the journal Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research and has served as a member of the National Research Council Committee on Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation. Henderson was chair of the National Meeting on the Measurement of Undergraduate STEM Teaching in Fall 2012, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.