Meet Carmen Nava-Fischer

Carmen Nava-Fischer, Ph.D., Natural Sciences Department Chairperson; Chemistry and Earth Sciences, Associate Professor, St. Philip’s College

Dr. Nava-Fischer, was born in Mexico, but considers herself a citizen of the world. She is a scientifically-minded natural sciences and technology educator, researcher, and developer with more than 30 years of experience in a wide range of education, research and management positions.  

She has served as a natural sciences professor at graduate, undergraduate, and high school levels, with experience in instructing and developing academic programs, and in evaluating, supervising, organizing, and reporting for technical projects. In addition, Dr. Nava-Fischer is experienced in training and motivating project team members, and is knowledgeable about resource conservation and environmental issues. She also participates on oceanographic research cruises. 

In addition, Dr. Nava-Fischer instructs chemistry and earth sciences at the college level and integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M) education for middle and high school students. She serves as the chairperson for the Natural Sciences Department at St. Philip’s College.

Nava-Fischer credits her father, a bright, compassionate cardiologist, for instilling in her family a sincere and strong belief in God. Her mother was a house wife whose example and strength taught Nava-Fischer to share those attributes with others in her life. She has two brothers, but considers herself a sister to all. Nava-Fischer says her biggest fortune has been the outstanding opportunity to be a mother. Her two daughters have brought tenderness to her life and joy, which helps her understand the joy and love of God. Her husband, David, is her strength and he supports her in all that she determines to do. Dr. Nava-Fischer enjoys theater training, acting, and directing, and is bilingual in English and Spanish. 

“My mission in life is to give and serve with my full potential, for eventual joy in the eternal life, while loving, forgiving, and understanding others,” she says.


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