Fulton Presidential Professor of Practice and Executive Director, Global Futures-Education Lab
In January 2024, Raj Pandya joined Arizona State University as the Fulton Presidential Professor of Practice in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and Executive Director of the Global Futures Education Lab. Before that he served as the Vice-President of Community Science and founding Director of the Thriving Earth Exchange at the American Geophysical Union.
Raj invites everyone—especially people from communities who have been historically excluded —to help build sustainable futures where people and nature thrive together. His work focuses on how the sciences can be more participatory, how community participation contributes to scientific innovation and societal relevance, and how the sciences and universities can be allies in building shared sustainable futures.
Raj served on or is serving on advisory boards for the Anthropocene Alliance, Citizen Science Association (now Association for Advancing Participatory Sciences), Community and College Partners Program, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Denver Institute for Science and Policy, ISET International, and Public Lab. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the American Red Cross, chaired the National Academies' committee on “Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning,” and is a member of the National Academies' Standing Committee on Science Communication and Resilient America Roundtable. Raj is also an editor for the journal Community Science. He started his academic career as an atmospheric scientist, exploring how large thunderstorms grow and persist and taught Meteorology and Astronomy at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.