Eric Knuth, Ph.D., has been a professor in the UT Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education since the Fall of 2017 and recently accepted the position of Director of the STEM Center. He also is a fellow in the Elizabeth Shatto Massey Endowed Chair in Education.
Knuth came to UT from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction where he worked with the nation’s largest education research center, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). He also brings extensive research experience, having served as a principal or co-principal investigator on 15 federally-funded grants and received approximately $22 million in research funding. Knuth’s primary interest concerns the meaningful engagement of students in mathematical practices, particularly related to algebraic reasoning and mathematical argumentation (justifying and proving).
Knuth plans to draw on his experiences at WCER in helping to expand the STEM Center’s research portfolio as well as to enhance its national visibility. He also sees the Center playing an important role in providing research-based professional development and outreach for improving the teaching and learning in STEM disciplines for all students.
“I am excited for the opportunity to direct the STEM Center, and to continue efforts to make it a leading center for research in STEM education. The Center has a rich tradition of excellence with respect to STEM education and I look forward to working with Center faculty, graduate students, and staff in continuing and building upon that tradition of excellence.”