George E. Hein Named Co-Chairman of TERC Board of Trustees

August 24, 2011



CAMBRIDGE, MA–TERC is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. George E. Hein as co-chairman of the TERC Board of Trustees. Dr. Hein joins TERC Founder and Co-Chairman Arthur Nelson and Treasurer H. Bruce Boal in board leadership. Dr. Hein has served on the TERC Board of Trustees since 1998, and was TERC’s President from 2006-2007.

“I am exceedingly pleased to have George as co-chairman,” says Arthur Nelson. “His expertise in science and museum education, curriculum development, and education reform has been extremely valuable to the board.”

Dr. Hein is Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences at Lesley University. At Lesley, he co-founded the Program Evaluation Research Group (PERG), which has become a major national center studying education reform efforts, and he developed and directed the university’s first Ph.D. program. Most recently, Dr. Hein was a museum guest scholar at the Getty Research Institute (2011) and held a fellowship in museum practice at the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies (2009-2010). Hein has been a visiting faculty member in the Museum Studies program at Fu-Jen University (2008); a visiting professor in the Faculty of Education at University of Technology, Sydney (2000); an Osher Fellow at The Exploratorium in San Francisco (1999); a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Visiting Scholar at the California Institute of Technology (1998); a visiting faculty member at the University of Leicester Museum Studies Program (1996); and a Fulbright Research Fellow at Kings’ College London (1990).

“I am honored to have the opportunity to share the chairmanship of the board with TERC’s founder Arthur Nelson, who has led the organization since its founding 46 years ago,” says Dr. Hein. “I hope to be able to contribute to TERC’s continuing strong record of quality research and products that support science and mathematics education for the entire community—and especially for underserved audiences.“

Dr. Hein is currently an independent consultant and active on the advisory boards for several science museum exhibition development teams and professional associations including the International Council of Museum (ICOM)’s Committee for Education and Cultural Action (CECA) and the American Association of Museums (AAM). He is the author of Learning in the Museum (Routledge, 1998) and, with Sabra Price, Active Assessment for Active Science (Heinemann, 1994), as well as a monograph with Mary Alexander entitled Museums: Places of Learning, which was commissioned by the AAM Educational Committee in honor of its twenty-fifth anniversary. Dr. Hein has also produced numerous papers on science education, museum education and visitor studies.

He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Michigan and was an academic chemist at the California Institute of Technology, Boston University, and Harvard University Medical School.