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The Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Sciences (CEEMS) serves as the organizational unit for projects related to mathematics and science education and the discovery of new strategies that generate effective STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in the PreK–16 arena.

CEEMS seeks to create, identify, implement, and evaluate novel instructional practices that support access and equity in STEM education.

CEEMS engages individuals and communities in the renewal of STEM as a tool to address local and global challenges.


CEEMS was established in 2010 to serve as the organizational unit for projects related to mathematics and science education in the P-16 arena, as well as to provide an interdisciplinary/intercollegiate base for the development of proposals to secure external funding for STEM education projects. The primary goals of CEEMS reflect the theme of supporting access to STEM education.

Primary Goals
  • To support collaboration across University entities and community organizations to strengthen STEM education
  • To develop collaborations in order to secure external funding for STEM teacher preparation, STEM education research projects, and community engagement scholarship


The primary values that guide the implementation of the CEEMS mission include:

  • Critical thought, scholarly inquiry, and creative expression
  • Respect and appreciation for diversity across people and ideas
  • High standards for integrity and personal aspirations
  • Service for the greater good


Letter to our multiple communities: Race-based violence/injustice and our commitment as educators and researchers. 

CEEMS partnered with the East Tennessee STEM Hub to present and develop STEM Resources for Families and Teachers. Explore these resources that include the following: