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Recruiting STEM Students into Middle/High School Teaching

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Instrumentation Division Technical Session 2

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Asad Yousuf Savannah State University


Mohamad A. Mustafa Savannah State University

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Mohamad Mustafa is a Professor of Civil Engineering Technology and the Chair of the Engineering Technology Department at Savannah State University (SSU). He has six years of industrial experience prior to teaching at SSU.
He received his BS, MS, and PhD in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

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Keenya G. Mosley Savannah State University

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Dr. Keenya G. Mosley serves as the Assessment & CAEP Manager/Assistant Professor for the School of Teacher Education at Savannah State University. As the first faculty hired, she has assisted with designing and preparing the unit which received state approval from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. She has over 10 years of assessment experience and serves as the edTPA Coordinator for Savannah State University. Her role as the Assessment Manager includes serving on institutional and state assessment committees while preparing students and supporting faculty and collaborating teachers on using the assessment system. Dr. Mosley has recently be selected to serve as a Site Visitor with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Her teaching experience spans across secondary, adult, technical and higher education. She has presented at state, regional, national and international conferences and has several publications. She has served on accreditation committees, K-12 school committees and local community boards and received and managed over two million dollars in federal grants. In addition, Dr. Mosley serves on state and national committees for teacher education.

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Mir M. Hayder Savannah State University

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Dr. Hayder is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology at savannah State University, GA. He received PhD in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, Canada. His research interest lies in the areas of fluid-structure interaction, flow-induced vibrations, syngas and blended fuel combustion, nanofluids, concentrating solar power technologies, and flow and structural simulations.

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Recruiting STEM Students into Middle/High School Teaching

The STEM acronym – which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics –has become popular and is commonly used in both the media and education arena. The STEM subjects are considered to be focal point of attention to a 21st century education. Most colleges and universities, regardless of their Carnegie ranking, offer outreach programs in STEM, which are designed to draw student interest to these important fields. Recently, the University System of Georgia has approved Savannah State University to offer STEM tracks. The degrees offered include: BS Civil Engineering Technology (Technology Education track), BS Electronics Engineering Technology (Technology Education Track), BS Mathematics (Secondary Teacher Education track) and BS Biology (Secondary Teacher Education Track). To enhance the newly formed programs, SSU received a five year Robert Noyce Scholarship grant to recruit, mentor, educate, and certify students to become highly qualified STEM middle school and high school teachers to meet the workforce shortages in this area of national need. This paper will describe the leaning methodologies introduced to potential student teachers, as well as the specific lesson plans, hands-on activities selected to encourage interest in teaching Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM). At Savannah State University four week summer program was conducted for teaching STEM activities and lessons plans geared towards Middle/High School Teaching. The main focus of the summer enrichment program was to encourage students to enter the STEM teaching profession as Middle/High School teachers. Three primary areas selected to build enthusiasm for teaching STEM were Electronics Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology and Mathematics.

Yousuf, A., & Mustafa, M. A., & Mosley, K. G., & Hayder, M. M. (2016, June), Recruiting STEM Students into Middle/High School Teaching Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26050

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