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The preparation of math and science teachers and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education overall has become a priority as national and international reports of student achievement continue to document the US decline in international competitiveness on assessments. More than most states, Tennessee faces educational challenges, particularly in math and science. Tennessee does not produce enough well-prepared math and science teachers, and national metrics indicate that our state’s performance in math and science is near the bottom of the 50 states.

As the flagship public university of our state, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has the responsibility to have the best and most rigorous teacher preparation program in the state. We can succeed in that goal by making certain that future teachers have strong major programs in their content disciplines and that the teaching used in our own STEM courses reflect the latest knowledge and understanding of effective pedagogy. Given the strength and capacity of its STEM and education faculty and programs, UT is well positioned to provide both state and national leadership in response to this need for increasing both the quality and quantity of STEM education.

CEEMS goals for the next five years include:

  • To submit a minimum of one proposal per year to support STEM teacher preparation and the study of effective and innovative educational strategies;
  • To partner with the Tickle College of Engineering to develop a minimum of one proposal per year that involves engineering in STEM teacher preparation that emphasizes the application of scientific and mathematical knowledge;
  • To identify one or more sources from which to secure funds to expand and research the efficacy of the Biology in a Box program;
  • To develop and maintain effective communications with project officers of potential funding sources; and
  • To provide a source of outreach partners for UT STEM faculty seeking such affiliations for their research proposals.


Lynn Hodge, CEEMS DirectorLynn Hodge
Director of CEEMS
College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
lhodge4@utk.edu
865-974-8778

Kristi Cook
Administrative Specialist I
College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
kcook22@utk.edu

 

Nick Kim
Professional Learning Coordinator
College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
nkim2@vols.utk.edu

Rebecca Layton
Media Specialist
College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
rdlayton@utk.edu
865-974-4235

 

Elizabeth Lindquist
Community Engagement Coordinator
College of Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
elindqui@vols.utk.edu