Edward Geary has been hired as the new director of Western Washington University’s Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Program, also known as SMATE.
Geary succeeds retired former-director George “Pinky” Nelson.
“Professor Geary comes to Western with a wealth of experience and expertise well-suited for leading our continued excellence in science education within the College of Sciences and Technology at Western,” said Jeff Wright, the college’s dean, in a press release.
Before coming to WWU, Geary was program director for the Division for Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings with the National Science Foundation , where he worked with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programs. He also has prior higher-education and private-sector experience.
Geary holds master’s and doctorate degrees in geology from Cornell University.
“It’s exciting to be at Western and to have the opportunity to carry on the tradition of excellence and innovation that characterizes SMATE programs and faculty,” Geary said. “I am particularly looking forward to working with faculty, staff and students, not only in SMATE, but across the university and nationally to create and test new models for improving STEM teaching and learning for all students.”