On November 1, 2015 Carol L. Fletcher was named Deputy Director of the Center for STEM Education, housed in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Fletcher was promoted from her previous position as Associate Director of the Texas Regional Collaborative, the largest project managed by the Center for STEM Education. Dr. Fletcher first joined the Center for STEM Education in 2004.
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to help lead the Center for STEM Education into its next phase,” said Dr. Fletcher upon her new appointment. Dr. Fletcher went on to state that “previous work by the Center for STEM Education, in both research and teacher professional development, was focused on science and mathematics. The Center will continue its exemplary work in those areas while also expanding to areas such as engineering and computer science.” As one example provided by Dr. Fletcher, the Center for STEM Education was recently awarded a grant of $1.3 million from the Texas Education Agency to provide professional development for computer science to teachers throughout Texas.
Dr. Fletcher will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Center for STEM Education, including providing oversight of the over $15 Million in grant money the Center was awarded during the 2015 calendar year. She will also work closely with Center Director Dr. Victor Sampson and Associate Director Catherine Riegle-Crumb to maintain and expand the research and professional development collaborations between the Center for STEM Education, other faculty at the University of Texas, as well as schools throughout Texas.
Dr. Fletcher received her Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that, she taught middle school science in Pflugerville, TX for 6 years. Dr. Fletcher continues her work with the Pflugerville school district, having served on the Board of Trustees since 2001 including 5 years as School Board President.