Bronwyn Bevan, who joined Wallace in 2019, contributes to the development of the foundation’s learning strategies and commissions research studies that can build the evidence base in the foundation’s focus areas of the education leadership, the arts, and learning and enrichment.
Before arriving at Wallace, Bevan was a senior research scientist at the University of Washington, where her research examined how science learning can be organized to empower individuals and communities. Before that, she worked for more than two decades at the San Francisco Exploratorium, where she led the research on learning programs and supervised the teaching and learning programs, including teacher professional development programs. Over the past 25 years, she has served as a principal or co-principal investigator on more than two dozen federally or privately funded projects, most supported by the National Science Foundation.
Bevan has served on many national and international committees, including the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Successful Out-of-School STEM Learning and its Committee to Assess the NASA Science Activation Portfolio. She has produced two edited volumes, Connecting Research and Practice for Educational Improvement: Ethical and Equitable Approaches (Routledge, 2018) and LOST Opportunities: Learning in Out-of-School Time (Springer, 2012). She has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed papers, numerous invited chapters and a wide range of articles for practitioners. Bevan also is a member of the editorial board of the scholarly journal Science Education and has served on the board of directors for several museum, school and other educational organizations.
Bevan received a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in urban education from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.