Dr. Isi A Ero-Tolliver Dr. Isi A Ero-Tolliver Dean Location:Turner Hall, 106 Phone:757-728-5239 Expertise:Molecular Biology, Matrix Biology & Science Education

Dr. Isi Ero-Tolliver, currently DEAN of the SCHOOL OF SCIENCE, earned a B.S in Biology at Jackson State University. She completed her M.S at Jackson State University, and her thesis research in the Life Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She attained her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Biological Sciences and Science Education at Vanderbilt University. Afterwards, she stayed at Vanderbilt University to complete her post-doctoral training in the Department of Medicine. 

Dr.Ero-Tolliver has authored and co-authored papers in peer-reviewed science and education journals that include Journal of Biological Chemistry, Nature Chemical Biology, Journal of Cell Biology and Journal of Research in Science Education. Dr.Ero-Tolliver’s current research focuses on best practices for exposure, recruitment and retention of under-represented minorities into the pipeline and watershed of STEM using model-based reasoning, CURE (Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences) authentic research experiences, and intentional mentorship. She has mentored high school and undergraduate student at the lab-bench using novel research as an engagement tool and these students have gone on to be successfully admitted to undergraduate and graduate schools, respectively. Being the benefactor of great mentorship, she is interested in how this process helps minority students attain and retain science identities.

Dr.Ero-Tolliver is the principal investigator (PI) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, Co-PI of the NSF CURENet2 Mobile  and the Co-PI of the DoD Center of Excellence in STEM Scholars(SSP) Program at Hampton University and currently serves on the board of reviewers for the journal of education and urban society (EUS).



NSF PI Noyce Hampton Teacher Scholarship

NSF Co-PI CURENet2 (Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences) 

DoD Co-PI CESE STEM Scholars Program

Research Interests: 

1)K-12 Science Education (Curriculum Design and Instruction)

2)The Intersectionality of Race and Gender on Science Identity in Formal and Informal Learning Environments

3)The Role of Mentorship on Student Science Career Trajectories


B.S. Biology, Jackson State University

M.S. Biology, Jackson State University

Masters Thesis Research - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies, Biological Sciences and Science Education, Vanderbilt University

Postdoctoral Fellow- Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Vanderbilt University