Ohio Dominican University has been awarded a five-year grant totaling $1,193,659 from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to recruit and train secondary school teachers who specialize in the areas of science, mathematics, technology, and computing.
The majority of the grant funds is dedicated to providing scholarship and activity dollars to students who, upon earning their teaching degree, commit to teaching STEM in schools located in underserved communities.
“The Central Ohio region, as well as much of the United States, is experiencing a significant shortage of teachers who specialize in STEM-related fields and are also equipped with the skills necessary to reach, teach and inspire students in these important subject areas,” said ODU President Robert Gervasi, Ph.D. “The NSF Noyce Grant will provide our passionate education and science faculty with valuable resources they can use to recruit, prepare and inspire future teachers who are committed to using their talents and enthusiasm to enhance the education available to students in our local schools.”
The grant will allow four cohorts of five students to each receive up to $15,000 per year in scholarship funds during their junior and senior years. As many as two students per year who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related field and who wish to pursue teacher certification will receive a one-year stipend of up to $12,000. For each year that these students receive scholarship or stipend funds, they agree to commit two years of teaching in a qualifying district.
Ohio Dominican has cultivated partnerships with local high-need school districts including South-Western City Schools and Whitehall City Schools to ensure valuable field experiences. Another benefit of the grant is that participating students will receive funds for professional development membership fees and travel as well as stipends and materials to conduct summer research.
In addition to providing scholarship funds to eligible students, this project will investigate the impact of universal design for learning and cultural competency instruction on scholars' teacher self-efficacy, and the impact of changes in methods courses on student-teaching skills and at what stage these interventions have the most impact on teacher effectiveness.
The lead principal investigators for this grant are Brad Nelson, Ph.D., associate professor of Exercise Science; Marlissa Stauffer, Ph.D., associate professor of Education and chair of ODU’s Education Division; and Ron Zielke, Ph.D., associate professor of Mathematics and chair of ODU’s Division of Mathematics, Computer & Natural Sciences. Additional ODU faculty participating in this project include Kristall Day, Ph.D., associate professor of Education; Young Mi Chang, Ph.D., associate professor of Education and program director of ODU’s Early Childhood Education department; and Kate Fishley, Ph.D., associate professor of Education and program director of ODU’s Intervention Specialist department.
About the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program encourages talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students and professionals to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools. The program seeks to increase the number of K-12 teachers with strong STEM content knowledge who teach in high-need school districts.
About Ohio Dominican University
Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The University has approximately 1,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 40 majors and nine graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican University does not discriminate against any person in employment or educational opportunities because of religious preference, sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, non-performance-related handicap or veteran's status.