Sherie McClam, Ph.D.
Dr. Sherie McClam has worked to reform science education for over sixteen years in richly diverse contexts inside and outside of the United States. After receiving her PhD in science education and social foundations from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2004, Dr. McClam took an appointment as a member of academic staff in the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne in Australia. During her three years at the University of Melbourne, Dr. McClam was able to bring her social justice scholarship in the underrepresentation of women and minorities in science together with her passion for environmental justice. She served as a Deputy Director for the University of Melbourne's Office for Environmental Programs (OEP) assisting the Director in the management and further development of their internationally recognized, multidisciplinary Graduate Environmental Program (GEP). In this capacity she worked with university colleagues from across the disciplinary spectrum as well as community and industry partners to develop courses that promoted scholarship and action for a sustainable future.
After returning to the United States, Dr. McClam worked as an Environmental Education consultant to the Holcomb Farm Learning Center in central Connecticut. In this role, she collaborated with a local school and watershed management association to develop place-based and problem-based curriculum designed to engage students in learning through immersion in local watershed and land management issues.
In July, 2009 she began her current appointment as an Assistant Professor of education in the School of Education at Manhattanville College where she continues to promote a view of learning that is grounded in conceptions of interdependence, shared responsibility and civic engagement. Committed to developing an Education for Sustainability (EFS) focus within and reputation for the School of Education and the broader Manhattanville College community, Dr McClam serves as a Co-chair of the EFS Special Studies Group within the Association of American Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) and as the Chair of the Campus Sustainability Committee. She also serves on the K-12 & Teacher Education Sector Steering Committee for the United States Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, as a member of the Program Committee for the Green Schools Coalition of Westchester and as a member of the newly formed Education for Sustainability and Clinical Teacher Preparation Working Group within the state of New York.
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