Fall 2014: STEM Education

This is my ninth and final year to  serve as dean and it is esent  this  issue  of Transforming Lives. In this issue we focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education efforts in pre-K through higher education.

Beginning as early as elementary school, teachers play a critical role in inspiring and equipping students with the proficiencies to enter college, the workforce and the global economy.

In the college, it is our challenge to encourage, inspire and train these educators to develop students who will become STEM- literate citizens and  knowledgeable consumers of science and technical information.

We are actively engaged in outreach and research efforts to enhance math and science curriculums, increase student achievement and provide professional and adult development to meet workforce demands.

We are a state leader in producing teachers in the high-need fields of mathematics and science and among the top five in special education and bilingual education. We support educators in a variety of ways critical to teacher preparation, retention and motivation that affect student learning and readiness for the careers ahead.

Through the work of our centers, such as the Center for Research and Development in Dual Language and Literacy Acquisition (CRDLLA), we are closing the achievement gaps for children associated with language and learning barriers to educational excellence.

We are concerned about health and achievement disparities and are involved in research activities to develop and transfer new knowledge in science, health and nutrition.

Over the last nine years, I have had the honor to lead the college and promote efforts that impact quality STEM education and achievement for all. A national search for my successor is being conducted (cehddeansearch.tamu.edu) and I am confident this individual will have a unique opportunity to provide leadership for our dynamic, engaged college. I look forward to observing the future impact this institution will continue to have on the people it serves across Texas and the nation.

All the best,

Doug Palmer