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About the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Sue Rosser received her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973. Since August 15, 2009, she has served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at San Francisco State University. From July 1999 – 2009, she served as Dean of Ivan Allen College, the liberal arts college at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was also Professor of Public Policy and of History, Technology, and Society. She held the endowed Ivan Allen Dean's Chair of Liberal Arts and Technology. From 1995-1999, she was Director for the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida-Gainesville. In 1995, she was Senior Program Officer for Women's Programs at the National Science Foundation. From 1986 to 1995 she served as Director of Women's Studies at the University of South Carolina, where she also was a Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine in the Medical School.

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Dr. Rosser

She has edited collections and written approximately 130 journal articles on the theoretical and applied problems of women and science and women’s health. Author of thirteen books, Teaching Science and Health from a Feminist Perspective: A Practical Guide (1986), Feminism within the Science and Health Care Professions: Overcoming Resistance (1988), Female-Friendly Science (1990) from Pergamon Press, Feminism and Biology: A Dynamic Interaction (1992) from Twayne Macmillan, Women's Health: Missing from U.S. Medicine (1994) from Indiana University Press, and Teaching the Majority (1995), Re-engineering Female Friendly Science (1997), Women, Science, and Society: The Crucial Union (2000) from Teachers College Press, and The Science Glass Ceiling: Academic Women Scientists and their Struggle to Succeed (2004), Women, Gender, and Technology (2006), co-edited with Mary Frank Fox and Deborah Johnson, Women, Science, and Myth (2008), Diversities and Women's Health (2009), and Breaking Into the Lab: Engineering Progress for Women in Science (2012). She also served as the Latin and North American Co-editor of Women's Studies International Forum from 1989-1993 and currently serves on the editorial boards of NWSA Journal, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering and Transformations. She has held several grants from the National Science Foundation, including "A USC System Model for Transformation of Science and Math Teaching to Reach Women in Varied Campus Settings" and "POWRE Workshop"; from 2001-2006 she served as co-PI on a $3.7 million ADVANCE grant from NSF. She served as PI on InTEL: Interactive Toolkit for Engineering Learning, a $900,000 NSF grant, and from 2009-2011 on Bridge to the Future for GIs, a $217,732 NSF grant. During the fall of 1993, she was Visiting Distinguished Professor for the University of Wisconsin System Women in Science Project; during 2007-2008 she served as a Clayman Fellow at Stanford University. She currently serves on the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Executive Board, 2010-2014.

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