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Chris Gordon Earns His Ed.D. En Route to Pakistan

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Chris Gordon, former interim director of UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM), earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the Watson College in December. His dissertation focused on the relationship between teachers’ choice of programming environment and their perceptions of technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge.

At the time of WCE’s official graduation ceremony in Trask Coliseum, Chris was flying to Pakistan as a part of the US State Department grant called “Innovating and Designing Engaged Applications in STEM Education (IDEA-STEM): Expanding the Knowledge and Capacity of Pakistani Institutions.”

Bill Sterrett and Karl Ricanek, both members of UNCW’s IDEA-STEM team, expressed appreciation for Gordon’s dedication to the project, designed to build STEM educational and professional capacity in Pakistani middle schools. 

“The story of Chris, one of our own (former CESTEM staff), graduating from our program, and committed to STEM education, now globally, is heartwarming,” Ricanek said. “I cannot imagine not walking for your terminal degree to fly halfway around the world.”

Please join us in congratulating Chris on his Ed.D. degree and commitment to global STEM education!