Suzanne Kern is a dedicated teacher, mentor, and scientist, with a longstanding interest in undergraduate science education. She earned her Ph.D. at MIT using interdisciplinary approaches to study bacterial metabolism, with implications for clinical medicine and bio-energy. For two decades Professor Kern has supported students’ academic and personal development through teaching and mentoring roles at Minerva University, the Claremont Colleges, Caltech, MIT, and Colorado College.
At Minerva, Professor Kern teaches Empirical Analyses, Life’s Chemistry, and Capstone Seminar, and has contributed to the development of courses including Chemical Structure and Reactivity, Life’s Chemistry, Solutions From and For Life, Analyzing Matter and Molecules, and Capstone Seminar. She has also coordinated the overall Capstone curriculum and heads the College of Natural Sciences
Professor Kern’s love of both science and learning is reflected in the classroom environment she fosters, where students practice new skills through discovery, collaboration, and reflection, building upon their collective experiences and individual identities.