Kathy M. Takayama, Ph.D.

Executive Director                    
Adjunct Professor, Bio - MCB

Phone: (401) 863-1141
Email: Kathy_Takayama@brown.edu
Kathy Takayama’s Brown Research page

Kathy received her B.S. in Biology from MIT, and Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Rutgers Medical School.  Previously, she was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a faculty member at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia where her research focused on the molecular regulation of RNA processing mechanisms in bacteria.  She has led an active research program in science education and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and has delivered numerous keynotes on her work in visualizations in learning; the pedagogical integration of art + science; interdisciplinary learning; ePortfolios and eLearning; and faculty development.  In 2002, she led the first multidisciplinary, international (pre-MOOC) online inquiry course in genomics for students across 24 universities in 11 countries to celebrate the sequencing of the human genome, titled Visualizing the Science of Genomics.

Kathy was selected as a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in 2003-04 and is a founding member of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL).  In 2013 she was elected President of ISSOTL.  She is the recipient of several national and international teaching awards, including the Australian Society for Microbiology David White Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Australian College of Educators Teaching Award, and the UNSW Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence; in 2008 she was named National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences by the US National Research Council.  

Kathy has been actively committed toward fostering evidence-based curricular improvement and professional development for faculty and future faculty not only at Brown, but through her national and international work.  She serves on the National Steering Committee of the US National Science Foundation Biology Scholars Program, which she co-founded in 2005.  Kathy was one of four higher education faculty selected to serve on the US College Board AP (Advanced Placement) Biology Curriculum, Development and Assessment Committee to develop the new AP Biology curriculum that focuses on depth of understanding, and application of concepts and scientific processes.  She serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and is the Research Editor for the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education.  Currently, she is an International Advisor to the Board for Ireland's National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  She has also advised higher education institutions throughout the US and in Europe, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Latin America, and Ghana.

In addition to directing the Center, Kathy directs Brown’s Coursera Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) program and Brown’s digital pedagogy initiatives.  She teaches in the Certificate I Program and coordinates and facilitates the Certificate IV Program.  She directs the Departmental Faculty Peer Observations of Teaching Program, the Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows Program, and the new Principles and Practices in Reflective Mentorship Program.  Kathy develops external grant funding for the Center; currently she directs the Center’s Teagle Grant program and the NSF-funded Visualization Project.  She provides grant consultations for faculty and other administrative offices, and in addition, works with faculty and administrators across the university on collaborative projects.