Dr. Liza Finkel is an Associate Professor of Education in the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling in the Department of Teacher Education. She is also the Faculty Fellow on the Collaborative Approaches to Undergraduate Science Education (CAUSE 2.0) grant, a project funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute that focuses on increasing participation in the sciences and math by students from under-represented groups. She earned her B.S. in geology from George Washington University, her M.S. in geology from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in science education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Before coming to Lewis & Clark, Liza served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and as Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University (2009–2013); served as the Director of the Center for Classroom Teaching and Learning at Education Northwest (2008–2009) and was a member of the faculty in the Education Department at the University of New Hampshire (1999–2008). While at UNH, Liza served as Director of Field Experiences and as Director of Teacher Education; she earned an Excellence in Teaching Award from the UNH College of Liberal Arts in 2006.
Liza has also taught middle and high school science (including classes in Earth science, chemistry, physical science and environmental science) at a small private school in St. Louis, Missouri and at a large public school in rural Maine.