Associate Professor / Assistant Director Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education
Dr. Chih-Che Tai has served as the assistant director of the Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education and an assistant/associate professor of science education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at East Tennessee State University since July 2009.
Dr. Tai's academic and professional activities include (1) developing and implementing grant proposals to improve math and science education at all levels, (2) encouraging and assisting STEM education faculty with grant proposals to improve math and science education, (3) assisting in the university's outreach and research efforts in math and science education, and (4) teaching graduate/undergraduate science education courses. Since 2009 he has been awarded over $3.4 million as a principal investigator, including Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant from US Department of Education, Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) grant from Tennessee Department of Education, Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) grant and First to the Top STEM PD grant from Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Also, he has been involved in various grant activities in a role of co-principal investigator (USD $1.78 million) and an advisor of grant writing and management (USD $424K). His research interests include investigating K-12 students' conceptual understanding of science, technology, engineering and technology, teacher professional development and teacher effectiveness, learning progression, cross disciplines and social networking.
BS, 1992 Chemistry National Taiwan University
MS, 1997 Chemistry National Taiwan University
M Phil, 2006 Science Education Columbia University
PhD, 2009 Science Education Columbia University