Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for Tidemark Institute plays an extraordinary role in the work of this non-profit.  Collectively this group provides wisdom, experience and perspective on the work of the Institute whether that is with existing projects or work that is being considered.  All four – Phil Bell, Mel George, Susan Stroud, and Pat Wasley – are a remarkable assembly of talent.

Philip Bell

Phil Bell pursues a cognitive and cultural program of research across diverse environments focused on how people learn in ways that are personally consequential to them. He is an associate professor of the Learning Sciences at the University of Washington Seattle and holds the Geda and Phil Condit Distinguished Professorship of Science and Mathematics Education. His research focuses on everyday expertise in science and health, culturally responsive science instruction, the use of emerging learning technologies in science classrooms, children's argumentation and conceptual change in science, and new approaches to inquiry instruction in science. Bell directs the UW Institute for Science and Math Education, co-Directs the Learning in Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE) science of learning research center, directs the Learning Sciences Graduate program at UW, and directs the Everyday Science & Technology Research Group. He recently served on the Board on Science Education at the National Academy of Sciences where he co-chaired the study committee on Learning Science in Informal Environments.  He served as well on the study committee at the National Research Council which developed the landmark Conceptual Framework for K-12 Science Education. Bell has a background in human cognition and development, science education, computer science, and electrical engineering and received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.

Phil is a founder of Educurious™ a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating the high school curriculum that American students need now for success in college, careers and life. He and other principals at Educurious are reinventing the traditional engagement model to be meaningful and compelling to 21st century learners, putting into practice what we know really works based on deep and wide research. The Educurious curriculum is built on new materials, connections and delivery systems that capture students’ interest and imagination and equip them for success in the real world.

Melvin D. George

Mel George is President Emeritus of the University of Missouri, President Emeritus of St. Olaf College, and Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. George joined the faculty of the University of Missouri in 1960. He became Associate Dean of the Graduate School in 1967, and then moved to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1970 as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He returned to the University of Missouri as systemwide Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1975, serving as Interim President in 1984 before moving to St. Olaf College in Minnesota as President in 1985. Following his retirement from St. Olaf nine years later, George served for nearly two years as Vice President for Institutional Relations at the University of Minnesota. He returned to Missouri in 1996 and served a second time as Interim President of the University of Missouri system in 1996-97.

During the period 1994-96, he chaired the National Science Foundation’s review of undergraduate science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education, culminating in the report “Shaping the Future: New Expectations in Undergraduate Education in SMET.” George also chaired (1997-99) the Missouri K-16 Coalition, a statewide group appointed by the State Board of Education, the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education, and the Curators of the University of Missouri to make K-16 education in the state more seamless, with higher expectations for student learning, beginning with mathematics. George has served as a member of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board of the National Research Council. Currently, Mel is a co-PI for the project, Mobilizing STEM and Sustainability. He often serves as a panelist for NSF programs in education and as a consultant to institutions of higher education.

Susan E. Stroud

Susan is founder and Executive Director of Innovations in Civic Participation, brings over 30 years of experience in the fields of public service, social responsibility of higher education, and international policy development. Stroud was one of the White House architects of the National and Community Trust Act of 1993 and the AmeriCorps program, and later went on to senior positions at the Corporation for National and Community Service. She was the first director of Learn and Serve America.

A leader and principal thinker on how to engage different kinds of institutions in civic engagement, Susan was the founding director of both Campus Compact, a national coalition of over 1,000 university and college presidents committed to civic engagement and service-learning, and the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University.

Susan worked at the Ford Foundation to design youth civic engagement policies and programs around the world, working with governments, universities, donor organizations, and NGOs in South Africa, Mexico, Russia and other countries.

Founded in 2001, ICP provides technical assistance to develop youth service programs and policies around the world, supports an international community of professionals working in the civic engagement field, and provides a source of information about youth service programs and policies. Currently ICP serves as the secretariat for two global networks: Talloires Network, an international network of universities for advancing social responsibility and civic engagement, and the International Association for National Youth Service, a network of individuals working with national youth service programs.

Patricia Wasley

Pat has a long-standing track record of developing new solutions to educational problems in the U.S.  Currently, she is the Chief Executive Officer at Teaching Channel.   Among her duties as CEO, Pat is responsible for establishing the educational direction and educational priorities for new video production and product development, ensuring all of TCH’s work is pedagogically sound and managing the multiple dimensions of TCH’s outreach to the education and academic communities.

Wasley earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Western Washington University in 1973. She began her education career in 1975 as an English and Social Studies teacher in Perth, Australia. In 1984 Wasley became a Fulbright scholar. In 1988 she was the Project Director for the Teacher Leadership Strand for the Puget Sound Education Consortium in Seattle, and the following year she became the Senior Researcher for School Change with the Coalition of Essential Schools and at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. In 1989 she earned her Doctor of Education and in 1996 she began a four-year tenure as dean of the Graduate School at Bank Street College of Education in New York City.

Currently, in addition to her role at TCH she is professor of education leadership and policy studies at the University of Washington – Seattle where from 2000 to 2010 she was Dean of the College of Education. Her tenure as Dean was marked with courageous and visionary program and curricular change. Wasley has conducted a variety of research on student voice, teacher education, and whole school reform. She is the author of several books on school reform, including Teachers Who Lead and Stirring the Chalkdust, and is the co-author of Kids and School Reform.