Tanya Furman is a Professor of Geosciences at the Pennsylvania State University. She served the University as Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education from 2007-2017, focusing on the assessment of student learning and improving student success in gateway STEM courses. Her scientific research uses the geochemistry of lavas and their crystal cargo to understand the geodynamic evolution of the Earth’s mantle. Furman is also active in Geoscience Education Research, most recently exploring student learning around plate tectonics. Her work in research, teaching and mentoring was recognized with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (2005), which is conferred by the White House after review of nominations by the National Science Foundation. Her goals for the AGU Education Section include elevating the profile of research in the learning sciences, and engaging stakeholders across AGU as partners in helping the next generation of scientists and citizens make informed decisions about energy, climate, resources, natural hazards and the environment.