Women & LGBTQIA+

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Arlene P. Maclin, Ph.D.

Physicist & Program Director @ Howard University

Ph.D., Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Howard University
M.S., Theoretical Nuclear Physics, University of Virginia
Post-Baccalaureate Fellow, Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges 
B.S., Engineering Physics, cum laude, North Carolina A & T State University


Internationally recognized and recently chronicled in The HistoryMakers for her outstanding achievement as an educator, researcher, administrator, and mentor, Dr. Arlene P. Maclin is a physicist by training and has spent the past 30 years in a combination of academic and government service positions. Her academic service includes more than 15 years of teaching at the levels of associate and full professors with administrative experience at the level of an associate dean of a college of arts and science, and a director of research. She has also served as the director of several major research grants in excess of $10M. She is currently Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Consortium- Center for Academic Excellence at Morgan State University that includes four HBCUs in the Mid-Atlantic Region and reports to a Governing Board which includes college presidents and high-level corporate and government officials. Concurrently, Dr. Maclin served as the Delta Sigma Theta Distinguished Professor Endowed Chair/ Division of Natural and Behavioral Science at Bennett College where she reported directly to the Provost. She gave lectures, mentored students, increased the number of students receiving summer internships and admission to graduate school, and developed a strategic plan for the STEM programs. Dr. Maclin has an extraordinary track record for developing undergraduate and graduate programs in optical physics and optical engineering. She has developed numerous science education programs for K-20 students. She has extensive experience developing and evaluating science and mathematics programs for teachers and students in high school and postsecondary education. She has also worked with STEM township teachers in South Africa on the development of inquiry based and hands-on learning. Dr. Maclin is a leader in developing opportunities in science and mathematics for minorities and in ensuring that STEM students have a global education by supporting more than 100 students since 2004 with cultural immersion experiences in South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, China, Japan, and India. She has served as the Director of Diversity for an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center. She is an active recruiter of undergraduate and graduate students for STEM programs throughout the nation. She has published more than 50 technical papers and abstracts in refereed journals and has made more than 250 presentations and talks to technical audiences throughout the world including the United States, Japan, South Africa, India, China, and Nigeria. Her current areas of research include theoretical investigations of nanostructures and STEM research on new pedagogies for teaching and learning.