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Two faculty appointed co-executive directors for national science and mathematics association

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Dr. Toni Avey and Dr. Stephanie Hathcock

Two Oklahoma State University College of Education, Health and Aviation faculty members were recently appointed co-executive directors for the School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA). Dr. Toni Ivey, associate professor of science education, and Dr. Stephanie Hathcock, assistant professor of science education, began their five-year term on July 1, 2019.

Ivey has been a member of the of the Oklahoma State faculty for 10 years. She earned her doctorate and master’s degree from Texas A&M University. She currently serves as graduate coordinator for the Ph.D. in Education, option in science education as well as the Master’s in Teaching, Learning and Leadership, option in mathematics and science education. Ivey is also the associate director of the Center for Research on STEM Teaching and Learning (CRSTL). 

Hathcock joined the OSU faculty in 2014. Prior to earning her doctorate from Old Dominion University, she taught science and gifted education in Arkansas and Virginia. She serves as a manuscript reviewer for SSMA and associate editor for the Journal of Geosciences Education. In 2018, Hathcock received the SSMA Outstanding Early Career Scholar Award.

Throughout the duration of the joint appointment, the central SSMA office will reside in the OSU College of Education, Health and Aviation. Ivey and Hathcock will be the first point of contact for current and potential members and publicly represent the organization. This marks the second time in the last 10 years that OSU has housed the central office. 

“We are excited to bring the SSMA central office to Oklahoma State,” said Ivey. “This will help to bring more national visibility to OSU among other science, mathematics and STEM education researchers.”

Founded in 1901, SSMA is a vibrant, inclusive professional community bringing together researchers and teachers to promote research, scholarship and practice to improve and integrate science and mathematics in schools. The organization also publishes the well-respected and nationally distributed School Science and Mathematics Journal.

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