Beth Morse Luoma, Ph.D. is the Director of the STEM Education Program at the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning at Yale University. She received her A.B. summa cum laude with honors in biology from the College of the Holy Cross. After graduation, she worked as a researcher at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She completed her Ph.D. in cell biology at Yale studying cell adhesion in the Calderwood lab. Beth has worked at the Poorvu Center in multiple capacities, first as a McDougal Teaching Fellow, then as Coordinator of the McDougal Teaching Fellows, and now as STEM Education Program Director.
At the Poorvu Center, Beth has managed the Helmsley Postdoctoral Teaching Scholars Program (2015-2018) and coordinates national Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching to train faculty and future faculty in evidence-based teaching. She also teaches BBS 879: Theory & Practice of Scientific Teaching for Yale graduate students and postdocs. She is thrilled to apply her scientific training to the growth, development and persistence of STEM students and educators. In her spare time, Beth has served as a mentor for Women in Science at Yale and the Global STEM Alliance’s 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures Program. She has also volunteered with the New Haven Family Science Nights Program and New Haven Science Fair Program. She is a fellow and undergraduate advisor in Silliman College at Yale, an instructor for Yale’s Pathways to Science Course for local high school students, and a member of the advisory board for CourseSource, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal of college biology teaching resources. She serves as a reviewer of STEM education articles for a number of academic journals.