Seher Atamturktur received her Ph.D from Rutgers University, Newark In 1995. Her research focused on neuroscience, specifically the Effects of the Neuromodulators on the Synaptic Plasticity.
She joined BCC in 2004 and has taught Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, Medical Terminology and Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience. She co-developed the Introduction to Neuroscience course that is the first Interdisciplinary course offered in BCC. In BCC, she focused on pedagogical research, growth mindset and assessment over many years that lead to several peer reviewed publications. Her teaching philosophy for over 30 years spans around active learning, flipped classroom, game playing and growth mindset.
Currently, she is the PI and the director of the $5 M, NSF S-STEM Grant “Developing a Growth Mindset Model to Build Resiliency in STEM students” Award # 1833852 and the $400K CSTEP Grant. Both programs support the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated financial need. She was also the Co-PI of the NYC Graduate Grant “Developing AS in Health Sciences Degree”. The aim of this grant is to complement and expand student career options in health-related curriculums currently offered at BCC. She worked with her team to develop the curriculum for this new program.
Currently she is serving as the STEM Director and the Academic Assessment Manager. She is also a co-founder and the chair of the STEM Advisory Board. She also served on BCC Senate, Academic Review Committee, college Governance and Elections Committee, Middle States Steering Committee, department P&B Committee among many other committees.