STEM Education

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Program Area Coordinator, Advisor
Catherine Riegle-Crumb

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) play an increasingly important role in addressing critical needs of society and generating innovation that drives the global economy. The STEM Education faculty is committed to providing equitable access to STEM careers and literacy for a diverse community of learners. We build and cultivate interest in STEM topics through innovative and socially responsive research, teaching, and teacher preparation informed by the learning sciences.

Our STEM Education degrees prepare elementary teachers through the K-6 certification program and secondary teachers through the nationally recognized UTeach program. Our graduate students return to the classroom and educational organizations in leadership roles, and go on to make major contributions in STEM education research and teaching. We also offer options that are flexible enough for current teachers to extend their knowledge of STEM education.

Faculty

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Flavio S. Azevedo

Assistant Professor

Investigates interest-based participation in STEM disciplines in classrooms and extra-curricular activities.

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Maura Borrego

Associate Professor

Studies engineering and STEM higher education, including faculty, graduate students and undergraduates. 

Eric Knuth

Professor

Guides instructional practices, curricular materials, and teacher education aimed at facilitating students' mathematical development.

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Jill A. Marshall

Associate Professor

Teaches courses for pre-service in STEM subjects and explores student understanding of mathematical and physical models.

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Anthony Petrosino

Associate Professor

Research interests include students understanding of experimentation, engineering education, data modeling, and the development of expertise.

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Catherine Riegle-Crumb

Associate Professor

Focuses on gender and racial/ethnic inequality in educational experiences and student achievement in STEM fields.

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Victor Sampson

Associate Professor

Examines how people negotiate meaning when participating in the practices of science.

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Sepehr Vakil

Assistant Professor

Explores cultural and political dimensions of learning and identity processes, particularly in engineering and computer science contexts.