Susan Elrod began as the sixth chancellor of Indiana University South Bend on July 1, 2019. As Chancellor, she leads the university in achieving its mission to serve the communities of Northcentral Indiana. IU South Bend is proud to offer educational opportunities to a range of students seeking to learn, grow and transform their lives and the lives of those around them.
Elrod comes to IU South Bend with over a decade of higher education leadership experiences that include serving as provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Chico (Chico State) and as dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at California State University, Fresno (Fresno State). As a leader, she has led strategic planning and enrollment management planning efforts as well as programs to improve faculty diversity and salary equity, revitalize support for research, launch new data systems, and implement new technological innovations. At UW-Whitewater, she led the university’s restructuring team to incorporate UW-Rock County as a new branch campus. At Fresno State, she led initiatives that enhanced support for research, expanded community and industry connections, and improved persistence of students in STEM programs. She was principal investigator of a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant that supported the redesign of introductory science and mathematics courses through a faculty-led learning community framework and advising center collaboration.
Prior to her work at Fresno State, Dr. Elrod served as Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC. During her tenure at PKAL, she led several multi-campus, national STEM education initiatives that focused on interdisciplinary learning, sustainability, and STEM student transfer success. She also expanded PKAL's national program of regional faculty networks and led PKAL's Summer Leadership Institute for emerging faculty leaders in the STEM disciplines.
Elrod is a nationally recognized leader in STEM higher education on projects centered on leadership of institutional systemic change in higher education as a scholar, leader, project advisor, and consultant. Her scholarly record contains over 20 publications on topics ranging from undergraduate research and to systemic change and leadership, as well as several scientific publications and patents. She regularly publishes on topics at the intersection of her research interests and her experiences as an administrative leader in higher education. Her latest projects are centered on the development of resources for building leadership capacity for systemic change and co-editing a book on Shared Leadership in Higher Education: Responding to a Changing World. Other recent engagements include co-leader of the Accelerating Systemic Change Network’s Systemic Change Institute, advisor to the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership project, founder of the inaugural Gordon Research Conference on Undergraduate Biology Education Research, and member of a National Research Council committee report on Indicators for Monitoring Undergraduate STEM Education. She was also recently elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
She was a postdoctoral fellow at Novozymes, Inc. in Davis, CA and holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. in Biological Science from California State University, Chico.