Biography

Catherine Hirshfeld Crouch is Professor of Physics at Swarthmore College, where she has taught since 2003. Dr. Crouch has extensive expertise in both materials physics and pedagogical best practices for college and university science. She earned her PhD. at Harvard University studying electrical transport in nanofabricated quantum dots, and then remained at Harvard in a dual postdoctoral fellowship in materials physics and physics education with Eric Mazur. She has published more than twenty peer-reviewed experimental physics research articles and has involved twenty Swarthmore undergraduate students in her experimental work; she has also published a dozen peer-reviewed articles examining the effectiveness of methods for teaching introductory physics. Her work developing and evaluating introductory physics for life science students is currently supported by two National Science Foundation grants. In the fall of 2018, she was elected to the Chair succession of the American Physical Society’s Forum on Education for 2019-22.¬†

Since the summer of 2017, Dr. Crouch has been the faculty director of Swarthmore’s Collaborative STEM Inclusive Excellence initiatives to expand support and resources for students in the sciences during the regular academic year. She also taught¬†in the Swarthmore Summer Scholars program during summers 2016 and 2017 for underrepresented and first-generation students in the sciences.