Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Doris Withers

Dr WithersDr. Doris C. Withers, Professor of Biology and Education, is among the founding faculty at Medgar Evers College. Dr. Withers has had a long career of service to the College. Beginning in 1972, her career at the College has encompassed broad experiences in teaching, curriculum development, research, and higher education administration. She teaches general biology, microbiology, genetics, science for non-science majors, and science education for teachers. She has researched and written about adult scientific thinking and learning and about general education and science college teaching. Dr. Withers is currently working on a partnership grant with the National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH and the Smithsonian to develop genomics lessons and to pilot them in six Brooklyn High Schools.

From 2005-2006 Dr. Withers was a Visiting Professor at the National Genome Center at Howard University in Washington, DC. Upon returning to the College, Dr. Withers began the Genomics Education and Outreach Project. Her current academic focus and research are on genomics education, genetic ancestry, and increasing the “genetics literacy” in minority communities; including researching their genomics/genetics knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs.  She has involved almost 500 students and members of the College and community in exploring and understanding their DNA ancestry.

Dr. Withers is an outstanding teacher and is committed to promoting student learning and success. She has held several administration positions at the College and also worked for two years at CUNY Central Office of Academic Affairs. She has been Interim Dean of Academic Affairs; Director of Institutional Research; Assistant Provost; the first Assistant Dean of the School of Science, Health and Technology; and Associate Provost. Before returning to faculty in 2005, she served as Vice President of Institutional Assessment, Planning and Accountability.  She has been Principal Investigator and/or the (co) author of several funded grants (totaling more than six million dollars) for institutional improvement and assessment as well as for science instruction and curriculum. She has served as chairperson of self-study committees for New York State (1995) and for Middle States (1997). She is a Middle States Commission on Higher Education site evaluator and has been a member of its Substantive Review Committee for more than 12 years. She has served on several College and University Committees. In her current position as a faculty member Dr. Withers serves as chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee.