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Dean of Education

College of Education Dean Eleanor Abrams
Eleanor Abrams, Ph.D Dean of College of Education

Research Interests

Rural and indigenous identity development as science learners, community-based science learning, the confluence of formal and non-formal science pedagogies, inquiry-based pedagogies, faculty development.


Eleanor Abrams was appointed the Dean of the College of Education in 2017. She previously served as professor and executive director of engagement and faculty development at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) from 1993 to 2017. 
She brings more than 23 years of experience as a faculty member at UNH innovating science teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms through examining inquiry-based learning, place and community expertise into classrooms and cultural contexts to motivate indigenous and rural students to identify as science learners. Funding for her work includes awards from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and New Hampshire Space Grant.
As the Executive Director of Engagement and Faculty Development in the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Engagement and Academic Outreach, she launched a variety of faculty development programs designed to support faculty success across their careers. Semester-long  learning communities of interdisciplinary faculty included the UNH Engaged Scholars Academy, the Research and Engagement Academy, the UNH Writing Academy, the Community Engagement Academy, Advancing Chairs as Leaders and the Economic Development Academy. 
Abrams was also committed to clusters of new faculty hires in disciplinary specific learning communities to enhance their career advancement through excellence in teaching, research and engagement.
She has received recognition for teaching and research including the Hortense Cavish Sheppard professorship (1998) for exemplary research and teaching and an Excellence in Teaching award (2010). She received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Ph.D. in Science Education from Louisiana State University.