D.A. Carnegie Mellon University, 1986
Department Member Since: 1986
Susan Ambrose is an historian and an administrator whose research has focused in three areas. Her most recent research has focused on faculty satisfaction and retention, studying the complexities of individual experiences as they shape decisions to stay or leave a university, and as they predict satisfaction or dissatisfaction. She has also studied women in engineering and science, exploring how class origin, sex, race and ethnicity, social conceptions of women, and other variables come together to influence women’s life decisions and careers. Finally, she has investigated the application of cognitive research to education, particularly engineering education. Her research has been funded by the ALCOA Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the Lilly Endowment, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Eden Hall Foundation.
Ambrose has also been active as a consultant to circa fifty universities throughout the United States and in India, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, and Hong Kong. She was awarded an American Council on Education fellowship for 1999-2000 to study leadership styles of university presidents, and was named a Visiting Scholar for the American Society of Engineering Education and the National Science Foundation to work with the engineering colleges at the University of Washington-Seattle, Rice University, and Tufts University.
She is the Associate Provost for Education and Director of the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence as well as a Teaching Professor in the Department of History. She is responsible for advising the Provost on educational issues; conducting institutional research that impacts policy and/or practice; identifying and responding to changing educational needs of the university; maintaining overall operation of the Eberly Center (supporting faculty); and overseeing the Intercultural Communication Center (supporting non-native speakers of English) and the Office of Academic Development (supporting students).
Ambrose teaches courses on immigration to the U.S., both general introductory immigration courses and courses focusing on the Asian-American experience.
|North of the Border: Mexican Immigration Past and Present|
|From Peasants to PhDs: The History of Immigration to the U.S.|
|History of Asian-Americans in the United States|
Department of History
Cyert Hall 127