Executive Director of NCSCE Dr. Eliza Reilly to Chair Invited Speaker Panel at ILRN 2018: Engaging Indigenous Communities in Citizen Science.

Dr. Eliza Reilly

Executive Director of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) at Stony Brook University to host an invited panel at iLRN 2018 in partnership with the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and SENCER at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana on Wednesday, June 27th. 

Engaging Indigenous Communities in Citizen Science

Teaching and learning and working within native communities on challenges that they care about is an immersive learning context. The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement has launched a new initiative, funded by the Keck Foundation, to advance durable and equitable collaborations between indigenous communities and local educational organizations. The goals are  to provide engaging, inquiry-based learning opportunities around environmental and health challenges of immediate relevance and interest to indigenous youth and their communities, while transcending perceived conflicts between “traditional” and “western” knowledge. During this Invited Guest Panel presentation during iLRN 2018 in Montana, members of this “Transcending Barriers to Success: Connecting Indigenous and Western Knowledge” consortium (Hawaii, Alaska, California, Arizona, and Montana) will present their respective statewide efforts and engage the Immersive Learning Research Network conference attendees in conjuring immersive learning possibilities related to these rich, diverse, and compelling community contexts.

Hosted by the Montana Transcending Barriers: Connecting Indigenous and Western Knowledge consortium at Salish Kootenai College’s Tech4Good outreach projects with partners the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Natural Resources Department, the EAGLES Youth program, Native Teaching Aids, Riparian Games, the Watershed Education Network, and The University of Montana’s SpectrUM Discovery Center, Broader Impacts Group, and Flathead Lake Biological Station.


Eliza Jane Reilly received an M.A. in the History of Art and the Ph.D. in American History from Rutgers University.  She is currently Executive Director of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) at Stony Brook University.  The  mission of the Center is to empower citizens as responsible, lifelong learners who can apply the knowledge, values, and methods of science to the complex local and global challenges facing our democracy.

Reilly has been affiliated with the NCSCE’s signature program SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) for the past 18 years as a Senior Scholar, the General Editor of the SENCER Course Model series, and co-editor of the NCSCE peer-reviewed journal Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal.

From 2003-2013 She was a faculty member and administrator at Franklin & Marshall College, where she served as Director of the Phillips Museum of Art. During her time at the museum it underwent a 1.2M renovation and expansion and received a .5M grant from the Mellon Foundation, which supported post-doctoral and post-baccalaureate fellowships, the establishment of a laboratory-based collections research seminar, and a summer faculty development seminar supporting use of museum collections and resources across the curriculum.  Prior to assuming the museum’s directorship she was Director of the Center for Liberal Arts and Society (CLAS) at F&M, where she founded several new programs including the Bonchek Lecture series on Science and Policy, the F&M Clemente Course in the Humanities, F&M Votes (a campus-wide voter education initiative), and an annual national forum for “emerging scholars” whose scholarship spans science, the humanities, and social sciences. Before arriving at F&M she served as Director of Programs in the Office of Science, Health and Civic Engagement at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), and as the Executive Director of the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD), a national membership organization for Chief Academic Officers.

As a faculty member in both History and American Studies Reilly designed and taught more than ten distinct courses, including research seminars in American art and cultural history, interdisciplinary first-year seminars, and general education courses in the modern intellectual tradition. She has extensive experience as a journal editor, including a decade as a member and co-chair of the Radical History Review (Duke University Press), a member of the editorial board of William James Studies (University of Illinois Press), and editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Art Review.

Reilly’s 22 years of work in higher education at both the national and campus level includes broad experience in faculty and professional development, grants management, and curricular innovation, and interdisciplinary program development.  Current interests include supporting the integration of STEM content across the curriculum, particularly within the arts and humanities, strengthening general education, and the use of museum collections and material culture in courses and undergraduate research.  Her professional goal is to empower and engage both faculty and students by helping them connect their academic endeavors to our common civic challenges and democratic practice.

About The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE)

NCSCE is a national organization that supports a community of teachers and learners. Through grant funding, it helps educators in and outside the classroom make connections between the content they teach and real world issues of civic importance. By putting content into context, what is inaccessible becomes accessible, what is uninteresting becomes interesting, and what is not meaningful becomes meaningful.  Also, NCSCE empowers learners by showing them that their knowledge matters, and what they learn today can help solve some of the biggest problems of tomorrow.


SENCER was initiated in 2001 under the National Science Foundation’s Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement national dissemination track. Since then, SENCER has established and supported an ever-growing community of faculty, students, academic leaders, and others to improve undergraduate STEM education by connecting learning to critical civic questions.

SENCER is the signature program of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. The National Center was established in affiliation with Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, a comprehensive, STEM-focused institution that links learning and research to practical outcomes.