Science and Math Education Faculty Cluster

The University of Utah aspires to become a center for world-class scholarship in math and science education.  The Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME) has developed a strategy to realize this vision, which involves hiring, supporting, and developing discipline-based education researchers in the College of Science, science and math education scholars in the College of Education, and exceptional science and math education practitioners.  The long-term goal is to build and support a synergistic community of science and math education researchers and practitioners to improve and enhance 1) undergraduate education in math and science, and 2) math and science teaching in Utah.  

As Director of the CSME, I helped develop this vision and I have primary responsibility for bringing it into reality.  In particular, I led or participated in several strategic faculty hires in the Colleges of Science and Education over the past several years including:

  • Prof. Lauren Barth-Cohen, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology - elementary and secondary science teacher education and physics education research
  • Prof. Sarah Kate Selling, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Culture and Society (departed 2017) - elementary and secondary math teacher education
  • Prof. José Gutiérrez, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Culture and Society - equity and justice in mathematics education
  • Prof. Tracy Dobie, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology - elementary and secondary math teacher education
  • Prof. Claudia De Grandi, Assistant Professor (Lecturer) of Educational Practice, Department of Physics & Astronomy - undergraduate science education, TA professional development, equity in education, physics education research
  • Prof. Regina (Gina) Frey, Ragsdale Professor of Chemical Education, Department of Chemistry - chemitry education research, equity in science education
  • Prof. Ramón Barthelemy, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy - physics education research, equity in science education

People and Roles:

  • Emily Gaines:  Emily is the Director of Engagement in the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at the U.  She helped develop the vision for the DBER cluster search in 2018-19 and coordinated all aspects of the search. 
  • My role:  I submitted a transformative excellence program (TEP) proposal to Provost Ruth Watkins in January 2015, which outlined a vision for science and math education research at Utah.  For the faculty listed above, I was a member of the search committees for all four of the hires in the College of Education and was chair of the search committees for the three hires in the College of Science.

2018 DBER cluster search executive committee:

© Jordan Gerton 2019