Director of the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching at Northwestern University
Bennett Goldberg is the Director of the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, Assistant Provost for Learning and Teaching, and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University, as of August 1, 2016. He is Professor Emeritus of Physics at Boston University, where he spent 28 years in research and administration. He is a former chair of the Boston University Physics Department and his active research interests continue in his current role in the areas of nano-optics and spectroscopy of single viruses, semiconductor ICs, highly scattering porous media and 2D crystals. Goldberg was the founder and director for tens years of BU’s Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology, directed BU’s nanomedicine program, and was the inaugural Director of STEM Education Initiatives in the Office of the Provost, where he worked with colleges, departments and faculty in course transformation toward increasing the amount of evidence-based and active-learning in STEM instruction, and in developing and implementing training in teaching and learning for STEM PhD’s and postdocs as future faculty. Goldberg has a BA from Harvard College and an MS and PhD in physics from Brown University. Goldberg is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, has been awarded a Sloan Foundation Fellowship and is a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigators Award. He is a life-long Boston Red Sox fan (even though he is moving to Chicago).