Tennessee STEM Education Center

The Tennessee Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Center (TSEC) is a research and outreach arm of MTSU, aimed at improving K-20 STEM education both locally and nationally.  TSEC partners with internal and external stakeholders to identify and address critical issues that impact access, equity, innovation, and leadership through collaborative activities, sponsored projects, and dissemination products at professional meetings and in practitioner and research journals. TSEC currently sponsors several high-profile annual events including the STEM Education Research Conference, the STEM Expo, and Posters at the Capitol, and invites the MTSU community to fulfill and refine the TSEC mission and vision through its involvement in existing programming or by initiating a conversation with us about how to better serve our constituencies.  



TSEC Welcomes Lisa Strayer!

December 2018

As our center continues to grow, Lisa Strayer is the latest addition to the TSEC team! Lisa has a strong background in working with elementary age children as well as assisting those with special needs. She has three children of her own, 2 in college and 1 in high school. We are grateful for her commitment to education and look forward to working with her. 


Leaders unified to bring bright students to STEM education, careers at MTSU summit

November 2018

MTSU, along with Texas Instruments, held a STEM Leadership Summit to help in “Building the STEM Bridge … From K-12 to Higher Ed to Careers” on campus. Educators — from elementary to higher education — from across the Midstate attended the one-day gathering to promote future networking efforts.

Read full article, courtesy of MTSU News, here.

MTSU Tennessee STEM Education Center Director Greg Rushton, second from left, shares about his experience with engaging, enthusiastic students in the classroom during a recent panel discussion to promote STEM that was sponsored by Texas Instruments and held at MTSU. At left is Scott Eddins, mathematics strategy and support coordinator with the Tennessee Department of Education, chemistry assistant professor Maria Danielle Garrett of Belmont University and moderator Alfred Hall of the University of Memphis. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli


Associate Director

October 2018

The Tennessee STEM Education Center at MTSU would like to introduce Dr. Ginger Rowell as the Associate Director. Ginger has been teaching at MTSU since Fall of 2000 and over the past year has been an integral figure in TSEC by acting as interim director, coordinating research conferences, and facilitating her grant work on Student Engagement in Statistics. Her hard work has been invaluable to growing our department and we look forward to working with her on future endeavors.


Tennessee STEM Education Center

820 Fairview Ave,
Suite 102
MTSU PO Box 82
Murfreesboro, TN 37132