Giuriceo will lead the RI STEM Centers efforts to strengthen the workforce by attracting more women and members of minority groups into the studies of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Dr. Giuriceos knowledge and expertise will be tremendous assets for the RI STEM Center, said Ron Pitt, vice president for academic affairs at Rhode Island College. She also has an impressive background in formal and informal education that will serve the center well in terms of advancing its goals and objectives.
Giuriceo, who has a doctoral degree in education, has more than 15 years of management and leadership experience at museums and science centers, including working with populations currently underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
She has served as director of invention at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J. Most recently, she was director of the Collaboration for Exploration of Mathematics and Sciences (CEMS) at the University of Rhode Island, and was part of the URI Higher Education Initiative for College Readiness.
For the past seven years, she has taught in gender and womens studies and in secondary education at Rhode Island College.
Giuriceo replaces Mary Sullivan, a Rhode Island College professor of mathematics who had served as director of the RI STEM Center for the past three years before retiring earlier this year.
Dr. Sullivan provided fantastic leadership of the STEM Center and has positioned it as a vital resource for the state, Pitt said. The college has benefitted greatly from the visibility, creativity, and innovation that the STEM Center has afforded through Marys leadership, and thanks to her work, the center is poised to attain even greater success.
The RI STEM Center at Rhode Island College is the states primary educational hub, resource, and research collaborative, established to increase interest in and advancement of STEM in Rhode Island.
The center provides state-of-the-art professional development; collects and disseminates best practices; and fosters networks and partnerships among the STEM industry, PK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, higher education faculty, students, parents and other co