Kolitsch is chair-elect of STEM
Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 12:02 am
Dr. Stephanie Kolitsch, University of Tennessee at Martin STEM Center director, was recently chosen chair-elect of the Tennessee Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Leadership Council for 2011-12, assuming the chair position in 2013-14.
The STEM Education Leadership Council meeting was held in conjunction with the Math and Science Education Research Conference, hosted by Middle Tennessee State University. At the conference, Kolitsch also gave a presentation on the STEM activities occurring on the UT Martin campus.
“STEM education has become increasingly important to the economic future of the state,” said Kolitsch. “It is imperative that Tennessee develop a STEM literate workforce in order to compete in today’s marketplace. The STEM Education Leadership Council represents a statewide collaborative effort to improve STEM education at all levels.”
The council has provided opportunities for collaboration among its member organizations to design professional development programs for STEM teachers. The council’s recent addition of representatives from the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network will allow the council to work more closely with the state’s First to the Top program in order to maximize efforts to improve STEM education.
The council is a voluntary group consisting of the directors of all STEM Centers across the state, representatives from the Tennessee Department of Education and the State Board of Education and representatives from others interested in STEM education such as Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Oak Ridge National Lab, the Tennessee Roundtable, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. Kolitsch’s appointment continues UT Martin’s presence on the council leadership team. Patty Flowers, Office of Research, Grant and Contracts senior research associate, recently completed a term as secretary of the council.