Fellows and Scholars

Jeanne L. Narum

AAC&U Distinguished Fellow

In recognition of her significant contributions to the improvement of student learning and achievement in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, Jeanne L. Narum was named a Distinguished Fellow of AAC&U in 2016.

Ms. Narum founded Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) in 1989 to catalyze the transformation of STEM learning environments; she served as the initiative’s director until 2010, when PKAL merged with AAC&U. A regular presenter at Network for Academic Renewal conferences and AAC&U annual meetings, she has written for Liberal Education and Peer Review as well as served on the faculty of AAC&U Summer Institutes.

Ms. Narum is principal of the Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC), an organization she founded in 2010 to promote the intentional planning and design of learning spaces in higher education. Her leadership within the LSC reflects more than two decades engaging with academics and architects involved in integrated planning of the undergraduate learning environment—physical, intellectual, and social. She previously served as vice president for development at Augsburg College, director of development at Dickinson College, and director of government and foundation relations at St. Olaf College.

She has been honored with several awards, including the Council of Independent Colleges’ Award for Academic Excellence, the Society of College and University Planners’ Founders Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. She was also named a St. Olaf College Distinguished Alumna and a fellow of the Association for Women in Science, and she was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from St. Olaf College, and honorary degrees from Edgewood College, the George Washington University, Hope College, James Madison University, Ripon College, St. Lawrence University, the University of Portland, and the University of Redlands.