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Department of Curriculum and Instruction

College of Education

Chih-Che Tai PhD
Chih-Che Tai

Chih-Che  Tai PhD

Associate Professor of Science Education / Assistant Director Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education
Curriculum and Instruction
423-439-7591 /
509B Warf-Pickel Hall
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:

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