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.


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Flavio S. Azevedo

Associate Professor

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

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Maura Borrego


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

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Emma Gargroetzi

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Explores the intersection of the sociopolitical and mathematical lives of children with a focus on identity and learning. 

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Carlos Nicolas Gomez

Assistant Professor

Focuses on identity development as doers and teachers of mathematics, experiences of Latinx students, and argumentation.

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Maria Gonzalez-Howard

Assistant Professor

Explores the intersections of teaching and learning science with bilingualism development, with a focus on supporting culturally and linguistically diverse students’ engagement in science practices. 

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Eric Knuth


Studies student engagement in mathematical practices related to algebraic reasoning and mathematical argumentation.

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Tia Madkins

Assistant Professor

Explores equity-focused STEM teaching and learning with an emphasis on elementary science education in urban contexts. 

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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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Catherine Riegle-Crumb


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.