The Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub is the center of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activity. Located in Murfreesboro at Middle Tennessee State University, we pride ourselves in creating relationships with local communities, school districts, post-secondary institutions and other organizations within the region that are dedicated to STEM learning. As we recognize that STEM is a crucial part of the development process for young learners, we hope to provide STEM teachers with professional development across the mid state area.
We aim to encourage students to engage and excel within STEM fields in hopes of preparing future graduates for STEM careers. With the help of our community partners, we are able to offer opportunities to both students and teachers for real-world work situations and experiences. High expectations and challenging problems have proven to enhance students’ ability to critically solve tasks at hand. While being dedicated to ensuring that every student and teachers’ needs are met, we provide a network of resources and ideas to our community.
In doing so, educators are able to get a clear understanding of the current workforce climate and make real-time decisions regarding their classroom instruction methods. STEM learning goes far beyond the classroom, as studies have proven a positive correlation to activities in the students’ lives. Students are able to internalize what they’ve been given through STEM learning and apply it. By utilizing several techniques and methodologies such as Project Based Learning (PBL), the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub hopes to redefine the education system.
Meet Our Team
Elizabeth Dyer, PhD.
Elizabeth Dyer is an Assistant Director of the Tennessee STEM Education Center (TSEC) at MTSU and lends her expertise to the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub. She earned her PhD in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University. Prior to joining the team, she has worked at Horizon Research and WestEd as a STEM Education Research Associate, and completed a postdoc at Stanford University. Elizabeth's research interests include understanding how mathematics and science teacher learning and development lead to changes in teachers' classroom practices, as well as how to design systems that support professional learning in schools.
The Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub is fortunate to have Elizabeth’s knowledge and experience as a resource and has seen many improvements under her leadership.
Mandy Singleton originally graduated from MTSU in 2008 with a degree in Organizational Communications. After a career mostly in non-profit development, marketing, communication and event planning, Mandy took on a new challenge as COO of a gourmet food company outside Atlanta, GA. Before joining the team here, Mandy was the Business and Operations Manager of a co-working space and event venue in Franklin, TN. It was this last position that led Mandy to seek a position that combined her non-profit communication background with her operations and event experience in the education arena.
Mandy’s passion is working with students, educators and researchers to make a difference in STEM education and she is excited to be a part of the work of the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub.
Greg Rushton is the current Director at the TN STEM Education Center (TSEC) and a professor of chemistry at Middle TN State University, located just south of Nashville in Murfreesboro, TN. He has held previous faculty appointments at SUNY-Stony Brook on Long Island, and at Kennesaw State University, just north of Atlanta. He earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Southern California, and his Master’s and Ph.D. at the ‘other’ USC in Columbia, South Carolina. His group has current projects in both K-12 STEM education and in higher education, which are funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.