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.
Dr. Tai holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Chemistry from National
Taiwan University Taiwan, is a certified chemistry and physics teacher in Taiwan and
holds a Ph. D. degree in Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
He has taught physics and chemistry in middle schools in Taiwan. His brief CV available
here and contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org.