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Julie Risien

Polar STEAM, Director
Department of Office for Research Advancement
Department of STEM Research Center

Julie Risien

Polar STEAM, Director
Department of Office for Research Advancement
Department of STEM Research Center

Dr. Julie Risien is the Director of the NSF Polar STEAM programs which are housed at the Center and conducted in collaboration with the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts, Precollege Programs, and the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS). She serves as Principal on the ARC-Learn undergraduate research program, also in partnership with CEOAS, and participates in several national science and society initiatives as research partner or adviser. Julie served as the Associate Director for the Center from 2012 until 2022 when she became the Director of Transdisciplinary Research in the Office for Research Advancement under the Vice President for Research. She is a Co-PI on the NSF-funded resource center Advancing Research Impacts in Society (ARIS), serves on the graduate faculty for CEOAS and the OSU Environmental Sciences Program. Her research and practice focuses on scientist professional development and inter-institutional partnerships to enhance “Broader Impacts”, the transformative power of learning networks, organizational structures, and partnerships to improve connection at the interface of science and society.

Current Projects:

Past Projects



Ph.D. Environmental Sciences (Social Science)

M.S. Marine Resource Management

B.A. Environmental Sciences (Marine Ecology)


  • Carter, R. G., Mundorff, K., Risien, J., Bouwma-Gearhart, J., Bratsch-Prince, D., Brown, S. A., Campbell, A. L., Hartman, J. C., Hasemann, C. A., Hollenbeck, P. J., Lupiani, B., McCarty, O. J. T., McClure, I. D., Mealey, K., Mimura, C., Romero, A. J., Sztajn, P., & Egeren, L. V. (2021). Innovation, entrepreneurship, promotion, and tenure. Science.
  • Cho H. and Risien, J. (2020). Understanding faculty and student perceptions about reward and advancement: survey of four STEM departments at research intensive universities. Corvallis, OR: STEM Research Center.
  • Ecampus Research Unit. (n.d.). RIA #35: Julie Risien on Broader Impacts (No. 35).
  • Goldstein, B. E., Chase, C. S., Frankel-Goldwater, L., Osborne-Gowey, J., Risien, J., & Schweizer, S. (2017). Transformative Learning Networks: Guidelines and Insights for Netweavers (p. 155). The National Alliance for Broader Impacts.
  • Preston, K., Risien, J., & O’Connell, K. (2022). Authentic Research through Collaborative Learning (ARC-Learn): Undergraduate Research Experiences in Data Rich Arctic Science. STEM Research Center, Oregon State University.
  • Hoke, K. and Risien, J. (2019) Collaborative Research: Grounding Institutional Partnerships in Structures for Broader Impact Design Mid-Way Evaluation Report. Corvallis, OR: Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning.
  • Hoke, K. and Risien, J. (2019). Visualizing Connections and Influences across the Informal Science Education and Science Communication Communities: An interactive map of thinkers and leaders. Washington, D.C.: Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education
  • Hoke, K., & Risien, J. (2021). Grounding Institutional Partnerships in Structures for Broader Impact Design: Summative Evaluation Report. Oregon State University.
  • Risien, J. (2013). Broader Impacts: Towards a Strategic Approach for Oregon State University. Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, Oregon State University.
  • Risien, J. (May 2015). Perspectives: Discovering our "Research-Impact" Identities. Terra Magazine: Inspired Stories from the Edge of Science. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University
  • Risien, J. (2018). Social Impacts of Science: The New NSF Center to Advance Research Impacts in Society. Think Out Loud live radio show. Portland, OR: Oregon Public Broadcasting.
  • Risien, J. (2019). Curators and sojourners in learning networks: Practices for transformation. Evaluation and program planning, 73, 71-79.
  • Risien, J., Cater, R., Mundorff, K., Bouwma-Gearhart, J. (2023). Promotion, tenure and equity: A departmental self-assessment and reform planning tool. Proceedings of the 2022 Promotion and Tenure in Innovation and Entrepreneurship National Summit (accepted).
  • Risien, J., & Falk, J. (2013). STEM Principal Investigators Perceptions and Practice of Broader Impacts: Front-end report for the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education. Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, Oregon State University.
  • Risien, J., & Falk, J. H. (2013). CAISE Convening on Broader Impacts and ISE Front‐End Report.
  • Risien, J., & Goldstein, B. E. (2021). Boundaries Crossed and Boundaries Made: The Productive Tension Between Learning and Influence in Transformative Networks. Minerva.
  • Risien, J., Hoke, K. and Fleming, T. (2023). Institutional Infrastructures to Enhance Broader Impacts. In (Eds.) VanEgeren, L. and Renoe, S. The Scholarship of Engagement Book Series: Handbook for Broader Impacts (in press). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.
  • Risien, J., Hoke, K., Storksdieck, M., Davis, C. and Klein, E. (2022). A dynamic framework for making sense of partnerships between universities and informal education providers (under review).
  • Risien, Julie and Klein, Eve (2023). Stop, Collaborate and Listen! A six-episode podcast series about partnerships from the Broader Impacts Design Collaborative. Produced by Jessica Sawyer with consultation from Julia Furman. Available in November
  • Risien, J., Montgomery, B. and Cho, H. (2023). The lived experiences of minoritized faculty: navigating a flawed tenure system and making change (in preparation).
  • Risien, J. and Nilson, R. (2018). Coordinated Reform and Local Solutions: Transforming the University Systems of Reward and Professional Advancement. Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, Oregon State University. Corvallis: OR.
  • Risien, J. & Nilson, R. (2018). Landscape overview of university systems and people supporting scientists in their public engagement efforts: summary of existing recommendations and evidence from the field. Report to the Kavli, Rita Allen, Packard, and Moore Foundations
  • Risien, J., Nilson, R., Storksdieck, M., & Hoke, K. (2022). BID partnership pulse check: Survey tool for monitoring partnership health Corvallis, OR: STEM Research Center. DOI:
  • Risien, J. and Storksdieck, M. (2018) Unveiling Impact Identities: A Path for Connecting Science and Society, Integrative and Comparative Biology, Volume 58, Issue 1, 1 July 2018, Pages 58–66,
  • Skvoretz, J., Risien, J. Goldberg, B. (2018) Network Measurement and Data Collection Methods in Higher Education: Practices and Guidelines. In (Eds) Henderson, C., Rasmussen, C., Knaub, A., Apkarian, N., Daly, A. J., & Fisher, K. Q. (2018). Researching and Enacting Change in Postsecondary Education: Leveraging Instructors' Social Networks (Vol. 28). Routledge.
  • Storksdieck, M., Bevan, B., Risien, J., Nilson, R., & Willis, K. (2018). Charting the Intersection of Informal STEM Education and Science Communication: Results of a Social Network Study. Washington, DC: Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education.