Ethan Youngerman

Dr. Ethan Youngerman is the inaugural Director of Undergraduate Research at New York University.  In this role, he advises and prepares students – across disciplines and schools – to identify and engage in undergraduate research opportunities.  He supports students, once involved in research, in deepening their work through public presentations or publications.  In order to ensure equitable access to these transformative educational experiences, he also collaborates with faculty and staff to create new and enhanced structures for meaningful undergraduate scholarship.

Before joining the Provost’s Office, Dr. Youngerman taught in the Expository Writing Program for 21 years, rising through the ranks to Clinical Professor and serving as an Assistant Director in the program.  He was a Faculty Fellow in Residence for nine years and a founding Senator – and recently Chair – of the Continuing Contract Faculty Senators Council.  He leads an undergraduate research team as part of Tandon’s Vertically Integrated Projects, and is a Research Professor in Steinhardt’s Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology.


Dr. Youngerman’s scholarship on college impact fuels his dedication to undergraduate research.  His research on integrative learning, problem based learning, and fostering equity in STEM has been published in AERA Open, Innovative Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, The Journal of Experimental Education, New Directions for Higher Education, and The SAGE Encyclopedia of Higher Education, among others, as well as in several book chapters.  He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the journal Prompt.  He received his B.A. from Yale University and is a two-time graduate of NYU, with an Ed.D in Higher and Postsecondary Education and an MFA in Dramatic Writing.