Staff and Graduate Assistants

Gregory RushtonGregory Rushton, Ph.D.


(615) 494-8738

Sherry SchaferSherry Schafer

Executive Aide

(615) 904-8573

Ginger Rowell Ph.D., Associate DirectorGinger Rowell, Ph.D.

Associate Director

(615) 898-5411

MandyMandy Singleton

Director of Outreach and Communications

(615) 898-5762

Adding Steven Berryhill

Steven Berryhill, Ph.D.

Interim Assistant Director

(615) 898-2269

jinYing Jin, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow

(615) 898-2320

Dr.Grant Gardner Grant E. Gardner, Ph.D.

Associate Director

(615) 898-2062

Dr. Sarah K. Bleiler-Baxter Sarah K. Bleiler-Baxter, Ph.D.

Associate Director

(615) 898-2616

Chaney MosleyChaney Mosley, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

(615) 898-8037


Sarah GwinnSarah Gwinn

Grant Writer

(615) 898-8986

Post Doctoral Research Fellows 

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Joshua W. Reid, Ph.D.

(615) 898-2269

Graduate Assistants

shagaShaghayegh Fateh

Shaghayegh is a first year PhD student at Middle Tennessee State University, studying Math and Science Education. Her concentration is on Chemical Education which includes the study of the teaching and learning of chemistry. Her research interests include identifying student misconceptions in chemistry, chemistry instructional strategies, and pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) in chemistry. Recently, she has joined The Rushton Research Group, working on a project titled “PDConnect: A Scalable Community Approach to Improving Instruction in AP Chemistry Nationwide.”

Sylver CarterSylver Carter

Sylver is a second year graduate student at Middle Tennessee State University, studying Biostatistics. Sylver graduated from the University of North Alabama in May of 2020 with a bachelor's degree. At UNA, Sylver's major was mathematics and she had a minor in computer science. Sylver is the president of the Masters of Science in Professional Science Club at MTSU. Sylver is passionate about the intersection of research and health care. 


Andrea ReederAndrea Reeder

Andrea is a third-year doctoral student in the Mathematics and Science Education Program of Middle Tennessee State University. She has an interdisciplinary concentration that integrates biology and chemistry, and her research interest is STEM teacher leadership. As a part of the Rushton Research Group, she worked on Teacher Leadership (T-Lead): Investigating the Persistence and Trajectories of Noyce Master Teaching Fellows.

Student Workers

Jeff MannJeff Mann

Jeff is a senior at MTSU majoring in chemistry with a minor in political science.  He is from Jackson, TN and went to Madison Academic High School. Jeff performs research in the chemistry department in analytical chemistry. His research is based in volatile organic compound environmental quantification.

Ashley FletcherAshley Fletcher

Ashley is in her third year at Middle Tennessee State University, studying Environmental Science. She got her A.S. at Columbia State Community College and she plans to continue her education focusing on geology after finishing her bachelor's degree. A dream of hers is to visit all of the national parks.












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