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Joe Salvatore


Office Information:

phone: 734.763.9399

Science Learning Center

As Director of the Science Learning Center (SLC) at the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) in Ann Arbor, Joe provides vision and leadership to a team of over 350 student and professional staff members supporting undergraduate students enrolled in natural science courses. Joe started at the SLC in 2004 as the SLC Study Group Program Manager and later served as the Center’s first Assistant Director and Associate Director before becoming Director in 2017.

Joe graduated with honors from Miami University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing.  He later earned an M.A. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan (UM).  Joe has worked as an educator and administrator for over 20 years.  He taught high school English and creative writing at Morgan Park Academy in Chicago, IL for four years before becoming Summer Program Director for the Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University. 

Joe has made over 20 presentations at state and national conferences and 100 presentations at UM on a variety of topics, including leadership, collaborative learning, research-based learning strategies, facilitators and tutor training, growth mindset and grit, and topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  He is a member of the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA) and the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). In 2019, he was selected as one of 23 higher education leaders across the country to participate in the New Leadership Academy (NLA) Fellowship Program, sponsored by the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE).