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Management Team

The CeMaST Management Team is comprised of the CeMaST Director, CeMaST Associate Directors, and CeMaST Assistant Director. The CeMaST Management Team is led by the CeMaST Director, while the CeMaST Associate Directors assist in carrying out the mission of CeMaST and extend the reach of the Center into their respective colleges. CeMaST Associate Directors represent the College of Applied Science and Technology, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Education. The appointed Assistant Director for Outreach leads CeMaST's efforts in that area.

The members of the CeMaST Management Team have been successful in obtaining and leading funded projects within science, technology and mathematics education and are able to assist those interested in pursuing funding opportunities.

CeMaST Director

CeMaST Associate Directors

CeMaST Assistant Director


Management Team Biographies

Dr. Jeffrey Barrett

Title: CeMaST Associate Director, Professor of Mathematics Education

College and Department: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Mathematics

Contact Info: Phone Number: (309) 438-7849; Email:



Research Interests:

My primary research interests focus on children's learning of measure and geometry and on the instructional contexts and teacher strategies that facilitate children's understanding of measurement; I also investigate the use of computers to model mathematical ideas, especially topics in geometry. I am currently Principal Investigator of a four-year project, A Longitudinal Examination of Children's Developing Knowledge of Measurement: Mathematical and Scientific Concept and Strategy Growth from Pre-K to Grade 5 in collaboration with Douglas Clements at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. This project is part of the Discovery Research K-12 Program funded by the National Science Foundation.

During the period from 1999 to 2003, I co-directed a teacher development project funded by the National Science Foundation: PRIME Mathematics K-5 Project. The project engaged over 300 teachers learning to teach with the Investigations in Number, Data and Space curriculum. See Reports on this project at:, a web site of Horizons Research, Inc. I often teach undergraduate and graduate courses on: geometry, elementary mathematics learning and teaching, and human cognition.

Funded Projects:

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  Dr. Amy M. Bloom

Title: CeMaST Assistant Director for Outreach, Instructional Assistant Professor of Geography, and Illinois Geographic Alliance Co-Coordinator

College and Department: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography-Geology

Contact Info: Phone Number: (309) 438-8115; Email:


Research Interests:

Geography Education; Geoscience Education; Climate and Environmental Change

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Dr. Ryan A. Brown

Title: CeMaST Associate Director, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

College and Department: College of Education, School of Teaching and Learning

Contact Info: Phone Number: (309) 438-3964; Email:



Research Interests:

Dr. Ryan Brown's research interests include curriculum development and implementation related to the areas of technology and STEM education. More specifically, the implementation of STEM concepts in math, science, and technology classrooms and the relationships that exist between classroom curricula as it is developed, implemented, and experienced in technology education classrooms.

Funded Projects:

Dr. Ryan Brown is a Co-PI of a Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant for the implementation of a STEM Masters' Degree. He has also received state funding to explore the integration of STEM principles in middle and high school classrooms.

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Dr. Chris Grieshaber

Title: CeMaST Associate Director, Associate Professor of Safety and Health Sciences

College and Department: College of Applied Science and Technology, Department of Health Sciences

Contact Info: Phone Number: (309) 438-7237; Email:



Research Interests:

Dr. Grieshaber's current research deals with human performance during manual work tasks. His research interests include safety through design, ergonomics, and biomechanics. He is also interested in emergency management planning and safety and health issues that adversely affect school-aged children. Dr. Chris Grieshaber teaches courses in occupational ergonomics, occupational safety engineering methods, and system safety to undergraduate students in Health Sciences.

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Dr. William Hunter

Title: CeMaST Director, Professor of Chemistry

College and Department: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry

Contact Info: Phone Number: (309) 438-3708; E-mail:

Vita: Dr. Hunter's Vita


Research Interests:

In the past five years, my research and scholarship has been centered within three strands: Inquiry, Scientific Literacy, and Action Research in the chemistry classroom. These three strands are interrelated and are essential for achieving scientific literacy among citizens. These strands are also consistent with the Science for all Americans theme accentuated in the current science education reforms (see Project 2061).

For example, inquiry instruction in science facilitates the understanding of science content knowledge, and development of scientific process skills and critical thinking among students. Action research is all about helping teachers to pay attention to various forms of data available to them as they make changes in their pedagogical approaches. Therefore, I believe research on these strands contributes to effective science teaching and learning and the development of scientific and chemical literacy among citizens.
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Current/Recently Funded Projects:

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Dr. George H. Rutherford

Title: CeMaST Associate Director, Associate Professor of Physics

College and Department: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics

Contact Info: Phone Number: (309) 438-2934; Email:



Research Interests:

Dr. Rutherford is an experimental physicist in atomic and molecular physics. His research program currently centers on electron polarization studies and the use of spin-labeling techniques.

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