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For questions about our programs or information about how your group can become involved, please contact one the educators. An overview of program fees is available online.

Name Title Phone Email
Susan E. Gill, Ph.D. Education Director 610.268.2153 ext. 297 Email
Vivian Williams Education Programs Manager, Program Design Specialist 610.565.4028 Email
Nanette Marcum-Dietrich, Ph.D. Adjunct Education Faculty 717.872.3827 Email

Meet the Educators

Susan Gill

Susan E. Gill, Ph.D.

Education Director

Ph.D. Geology, University of Pennsylvania, 1996

M.A. Environmental Education, Beaver College, 1989

B.A. Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, University of Pennsylvania, 1976

Susan E. Gill, Ph.D. came to education through a circuitous route. As an undergraduate, she studied environmental planning. The courses she took introduced her to both the social and natural sciences as they relate to how we live on this planet. After working on a PA Scenic River study for the Schuylkill and for community groups in urban renewal areas in Philadelphia, she was part of a team who worked on environmental impact statements highways. She learned from that experience that citizens needed to understand more about the environment to assure their environmental concerns were addressed. This led her to Beaver College (now Arcadia University) where she earned an MA in environmental education then onto the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) where she completed a Ph.D. in geology.

After graduation, Susan directed the Master of Environmental Studies at UPENN and taught several courses for the program. She came to Stroud Water Research Center in 2007 as Director of Education. She now works on developing watershed tools through the portal. The first of these applications is Model My Watershed®®, an online, geospatial hydrologic model that uses real data to calculate hydrology in neighborhoods in southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware.

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Vivian Williams

Vivian Williams

Adjunct Education Faculty

B.A. English, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

Graduate credits and coursework in Biology, Environmental Science, Botany, and Horticulture

Certificates: Master Teacher/Facilitator/Training Certification Program, Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE); National Center for Atmospheric Research Master Teacher/Facilitator, Living in Water curriculum developed by The National Aquarium

Vivian Williams is responsible for conducting, administering, and creating programs and information in a variety of formats, using a multidisciplinary approach, that interprets the research of the Center’s scientists on freshwater ecology and watersheds. She facilitates and designs teacher workshops, student programs, community projects and trainings in water quality monitoring field techniques for conservation professionals, citizen volunteers and community groups.

A special interest is combining the arts and sciences. The program The Science of Water Through the World of Art targets both the science and the non-science oriented audience with techniques promoting the understanding of watershed science through artistic expression.

Williams began working at Stroud Water Research Center in 1994 as a Longwood Teacher-Fellow. Prior to her work at the Stroud Center, Williams spent ten years as Education Program Director for a chapter of the Audubon Society and for the past 23 years has been teaching art and nature programs at the Eagles Mere Conservancy during the month of August. She also consults for the Philadelphia Water Department and PA Sea Grant.

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Nanette Marcum-Dietrich

Nanette Marcum-Dietrich, Ph.D.

Adjunct Education Faculty

Ph.D. University of Delaware, 2005

M.Ed. University of Delaware, 2001

B.S. Purdue University, 1995

Nanette Marcum-Dietrich, Ph.D. began her career as a secondary science teacher where her passion for sharing the wonder of science flourished. After a decade of classroom teaching, she completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in Science Education at the University of Delaware. Now an associate professor at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, she teaches both Instructional Technology and Science Education courses.

As the co-founder and coordinator of the University Professional Development School, she is committed to improving the preparation of future secondary teachers. She has numerous publications in scholarly journals including Science Activities, Journal of Geoscience Education, The Science Teacher, and Journal of Latinos and Education. Her research interests include the effect of residency models on pre-service teacher training and the use of data-driven technologies in the secondary science classroom.

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The Center’s education department has been recognized with the following awards:

2001 PA Governor’s Award for Watershed Stewardship

Water Resources Association, Dr. Ruth Patrick Excellence in Education Award

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Excellence in the Estuary Award for Water Education

Owen J. Roberts Middle School, Friend of Stream Watch