Prof. Ernie Chavez

Phone: (970) 491-1354
Office Location: 341 BHSCI
Email: Ernest.Chavez@colostate.edu
Ernest L. Chavez is Professor of Psychology and past Department Chair at Colorado State University. He currently serves as Interim Co-Director of the Colorado State University STEM Center. His research has focused on issues related to Latino children and adolescents in particular drug use and education. Dr. Chavez was one of the original members of the NIDA Hispanic Task Force and reviews for NIDA. Most recently Dr. Chavez has been working with graduate students in their research and helping them to publish. He is also co-PI on the NSF funded Colorado Alliance for Minority Participation grant and the interim director of the CSU STEM Center.


Prof. Paul Kennedy

Phone: (970) 491-2497
Office Location:
Email: kennedy@math.colostate.edu
Dr. Paul Kennedy is a professor and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar in the Department of Mathematics at Colorado State University.  He currently serves as Interim Co-Director of the Colorado State University STEM Center. His career in the teaching and learning of mathematics spans 37 years including 10 years as a secondary mathematics teacher and 27 years as a university mathematics educator.  He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988. Besides his responsibilities at CSU, he has been a member of the graduate faculty in the University of Notre Dame’s summer graduate teacher education program, Alliance for Catholic Education, since 2001.

Dr. Kennedy was also the Co-PI of the NSF Center for Learning and Teaching in the West at CSU-a five institution collaborative focused on reducing the achievement gap in mathematics and science.  Through CLTWest, CSU has partnered with Montana State, Montana, Portland State and UNC to conduct research through a collaborative online doctoral program which includes an online concentration in mathematics and science education.   CLTWest is also dedicated to offer ongoing professional development to teachers across the various regions.  He has also been PI on NSF CETP and NSF TE initiatives. In the area of scholarship, Dr. Kennedy has directed over 15 funded projects and published widely in the area of the teaching and learning of mathematics.  His research focus has been on mathematics achievement and on the use of technology in the teaching of mathematics.


Dr. Laura Sample McMeeking

Associate Director
Phone: (970) 491-3179
Office Location: B323 NESB
Email: laura.sample_mcmeeking@colostate.edu
Dr. Sample McMeeking oversees the day-to-day activities in the STEM Center. As part of her work, she collaborates with faculty and staff at CSU and others outside of CSU to develop and implement high quality research and evaluation in STEM education. Her background and passion in Atmospheric Science led her to earn her PhD in Education & Human Resources with the hopes of learning how to improve earth systems science teaching and student achievement, engage students in STEM, and increase the number of students going through the STEM pipeline.