Dr. Rosalie Richards, nationally recognized leader in undergraduate research, faculty development, inclusive excellence and cultural competence, STEM, and STEM education is the associate provost for faculty development and professor of chemistry and education at Stetson University.
Richards joined Stetson from an appointment as Kaolin Endowed Chair in Science and Georgia Eminent Scholar and professor of chemistry at Georgia College and State University. She is founding director of the Science Education Center which she developed into a robust grant-funded initiative that strengthened undergraduate and graduate education, faculty, staff, and community science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and STEM education programs. Prior to her appointment at Georgia College and State University, Richards served as scholar-teacher at the Model Institutions for Excellence at Spelman College.
In her position at Stetson, Richards leads the development of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence, while supervising the expansion of the Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellows and visiting master teacher-scholar programs. She plays a key role in achieving strategic university goals as Stetson enlarges the ranks of full-time faculty necessitated by the rapid growth of undergraduate enrollment. Her focus in recruitment includes diversity, inclusiveness, academic rigor and excellence with a key priority being the advancement of new faculty transition, development and support programming, as well as other initiatives that support Stetson teacher-scholars in achieving the university’s mission and vision.