ATLANTA – Mercer College Faculty of Training school member Dr. Justin Ballenger was not too long ago invited by the Institute in Important Quantitative, Computational and Blended-Methodologies (ICQCM) to take part within the 2021 Nationwide Science Basis (NSF) QCM Students cohort.
The NSF Quantitative, Computational and Blended Strategies (QCM) Students Program seeks to catalyze scholarship about STEM training and analysis.
Dr. Ballenger is one in all 35 students within the cohort who could have the chance to affiliate with ICQCM for a two-year interval. Throughout this time, he’ll take part in a collection of coaching seminars facilitated by main methodologists, researchers and demanding theorists. Help additionally consists of personalised teaching and entry to basis assets.
Dr. Ballenger, who serves as assistant professor of STEM training and director of the STEM Training Innovation (SEI) Lab at Mercer, plans to make use of his time as an NSF QCM Scholar to conduct analysis on broadening participation in STEM amongst minoritized teams by supporting minority-led nonprofits that interact in STEM outreach.
“That is a tremendous alternative to study from some the highest students within the discipline of STEM training and construct a higher understanding of find out how to assist STEM outreach for college kids, faculties and communities in Georgia,” mentioned Dr. Ballenger.
Dr. Ballenger earned a Bachelor of Science diploma in organic sciences, Grasp of Arts in Educating in center grades science and arithmetic and Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction for STEM training from Clemson College.
He has taught or developed quite a lot of programs within the Faculty of Training targeted on science/STEM strategies, curriculum planning, trainer discipline supervision and culturally responsive pedagogy. He’s additionally concerned within the College’s training initiative within the Dominican Republic, the place he directs its AgSTEM venture.
Along with his time at Mercer, he labored with the Nationwide Dropout Prevention Heart to develop web-based programs for pre-service educators who’re making ready to show college students from underserved populations, and he served as a public college STEM educator for 11 years, educating in South Carolina and Georgia.
Dr. Ballenger holds Nationwide Board Certification within the space of Early Adolescent Science and has been acknowledged by Clemson College’s Name Me MISTER Program® as a Grasp Instructor.
His analysis agenda is targeted on the tutorial achievement of underserved populations and pathways for college kids from underserved backgrounds to pursue STEM careers each in america and overseas.
ICQCM is dedicated to advancing using knowledge science methodologies amongst students at establishments serving predominantly underrepresented college students, underrepresented postdoctoral and school researchers in any respect establishments, and people who conduct analysis with Latina/o/x, Indigenous and Black communities.
Go to www.ICQCM.org for extra info and www.nsf.gov to study this system’s sponsor, the Nationwide Science Basis.
In regards to the STEM Training Innovation (SEI) Lab
The STEM Training Innovation (SEI) Lab serves as a useful resource for STEM educators. We produce scholarly info designed to assist the event of academic practices and insurance policies. Our work is targeted on STEM Training to advance academic innovation, equality, financial growth, and social engagement in america and overseas. For extra info, go to www.seilab.org.
In regards to the Faculty of Training
Mercer College’s Tift Faculty of Training – with campuses in Macon, Atlanta and the College’s two regional tutorial facilities – prepares extra skilled educators than another personal establishment in Georgia. Named for the previous girls’s faculty that merged with Mercer in 1986, the Faculty of Training presents baccalaureate and graduate levels, and is guided by the conceptual framework of the “Remodeling Educator,” which helps those that aspire to develop professionally all through their careers, whereas additionally searching for to rework the lives of scholars. For extra info, go to training.mercer.edu.