Full or Part-time
United States of America
Years in the field:
Areas of Expertise
Education, Exhibits development, Senior Leadership, Outreach and Public Engagement, Partnerships, Professional Development, Strategic Planning
William Spitzer, Ph.D., is an experienced leader and innovator in informal science education, climate communication, and network building. He is former Vice President for Learning and Community at the New England Aquarium, where he was responsible for applying learning and social science research across education programs, exhibits, visitor experience, and community outreach for more than 20 years.
He is currently consulting and advising on several national collaborative projects: on developing a national strategy for public engagement in climate change with the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) and the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN); social change and conservation action in zoos/aquariums with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA); civic/environmental education with the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE); and community science with the Association of Science Technology Centers (ASTC).
He has served as Principal Investigator for numerous informal science education projects funded by the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency. These include a series of projects focused on public engagement in climate change, including the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation. Spitzer has more than 30 years experience developing and implementing science education programs, exhibits and materials. In 2014, he was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders. In 2016, Spitzer received a Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council for innovation, creativity, and commitment to marine protection. He holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.