Robin Parent is the Director, STEM Education & Internal DEI Officer at APLU. She serves as the Project Manager for the Aspire Alliance funded by the National Science Foundation aimed at diversifying the nation’s STEM college educators and expanding the use of inclusive practices. Dr. Parent is primarily responsible for coordinating the “backbone” of this national change effort to accomplish project goals and objectives.
Prior to joining APLU, Dr. Parent served at several institutions in faculty and administrative positions. Most recently she was the Director of Student Engagement of the Davidson Honors College at the University of Montana where she focused on recruitment, retention, and advising for the College and served as the Co-Chair of the Diversity Advisory Council. Before the University of Montana, she was the Inclusive Excellence Instruction Specialist in the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology at California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo. While at Cal Poly she worked with the campus community on inclusive pedagogy and teaching practices and taught courses for Women & Gender Studies. She began her career in higher ed at Utah State University where she taught English, Women & Gender Studies, and Education courses.
Dr. Parent received her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in cultural studies, M.S. in American Studies/Folklore, B.S. in Anthropology, and a Graduate Certificate in Women & Gender Studies all from Utah State University.