Bob Russell Program Director, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation

Robert L. Russell (Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, Cornell) brings over 30 years of experience in STEM education to the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) spanning children’s museums, science centers, community organizations, and media. His experience includes project design, development, and management; evaluation of exhibit, community/youth, and media projects; private foundation and government grant development; and conduct of professional development workshops in project planning, evaluation, and grant development. Bob’s unique strengths include his experience in designing and evaluating projects targeting underserved minorities, including Hispanics and African-Americans; designing health education projects; using social marketing approaches in science and health education; and designing media-focused projects, including print media, radio, television, and large format films. Russell has taught psychology at Cornell and Georgetown Universities and has published widely on informal science education and has published peer-reviewed research on social networks, cross-cultural psychology, and cognitive development.

Currently, Bob works full-time as a Program Director in the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources, where he manages the review process and manages funded projects submitted through the Discovery Research K-12, Advancing Informal STEM Learning, Cyberlearning, and several other programs.  He will be finishing up a 3-year appointment at NSF later this year.

He has maintained his involvement in several projects as Senior Education Associate at the National Center for Interactive Learning and consultant:  outreach and media projects growing out of NSF-funded projects; evaluation of informal STEM education projects; and Senior Advisor and evaluator for Discover Health/Descubre la Fuente, which is developing bilingual mobile exhibits and programs that will tour libraries in Colorado.   

Bob is currently on leave at the National Science Foundation.