The Noyce Program supports the role of NSF as central to discovering, studying, and promoting pathways for STEM teacher education through research and development. The NSF Noyce Program Directors represent a talented group of individuals charged with ensuring that every program in their portfolio will be delivered successfully. Read about the current group of Program Directors who oversee the Noyce projects.
Sandra Richardson is the Program Lead for the Noyce Program. Prior to her permanent assignment at the National Science Foundation, she served as an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education at Virginia State University. Her research is in developing pedagogical content knowledge for pre-service teachers and effective means of diversifying the STEM teacher pipeline. She brings her expertise in teacher professional development and broadening participation efforts to the Noyce Program.
Kathleen B. Bergin is the Program Co-Lead for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. She came to her permanent assignment at the National Science Foundation after she retired from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. In addition to passions for equity and diversity in STEM education, Bergin has focused on the importance of changing how teachers/instructors and learners engage in the process of questioning. She brings her expertise as a biologist by training and educator by passion to the Noyce team and is a strong advocate for STEM majors becoming teachers.
Michelle M. Camacho is a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education and joins NSF as a Visiting Scientist, Engineering Educator from the University of San Diego. Her research examines student persistence and success in STEM education; institutional transformation; and faculty development. A bilingual/bicultural Latina educator, Camacho brings her experience in higher education advocating for access and equity in higher education for underrepresented groups and first generation college students to the Noyce program.
Michael Ferrara joined NSF as a permanent program officer after serving as a professor in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. His education research interests include understanding how outreach and peer teaching experiences impact undergraduate STEM majors and the mathematical and pedagogical preparation of K-12 teachers and graduate teaching assistants. He brings experiences as an informal and classroom educator, a research mathematician, and a mentor to teachers and learners in a breadth of settings to his work at NSF.
Karen A. Keene is a Program Director from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, where she is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education. Her research areas are in the teaching and learning of differential equations through Inquiry-Oriented Differential Equations (IODE) and supporting mathematics instructor change at the undergraduate level. Keene was a high school teacher for 15 years. She brings this teaching experience and her years preparing mathematics teachers at North Carolina State to the Noyce program.
Jennifer Lewis is a Program Director from the University of South Florida, Tampa, where she is a Professor and Graduate Director. She also serves as the Director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Research in Undergraduate STEM Education (CITRUS). Lewis’s research includes discipline-based educational research in the field of chemistry. She brings her expertise as an experienced project evaluator to the Noyce Program.
Robert Mayes joins NSF from Georgia Southern University where he is a research professor of mathematics education. His research areas include interdisciplinary STEM, quantitative reasoning in STEM teaching and learning, quantitative biology at the undergraduate level, and mathematical modeling and problem solving in grades 6-12 and undergraduate level.
Andrea L. Nixon is a Program Director from Carleton College, Northfield, MN, where she is the Director of Educational Research. Her research includes studies in undergraduate help seeking behaviors, as well as, educational technologies and curricular and research support for undergraduate students. Nixon brings her extensive research experience in qualitative and mixed methods as they related to longitudinal and meta-analysis to the Noyce Program.
Talitha M. Washington is a Program Director from Howard University, Washington, DC, where she is an Associate Professor of Mathematics. Her research is in dynamical systems and differential and difference equations. Washington brings her experience conducting teacher training workshops from pre-K through college level, as well as, her experience with Hispanic Serving Institutions to the Noyce team.