Dr. Timothy P. Scott, professor of biology and science education policy and longtime associate dean for undergraduate programs in the Texas A&M University College of Science, has been selected by The Texas A&M University System as a 2016-2017 member of the Chancellor's Academy of Teacher Educators honoring individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of teacher education across the Texas A&M System.

Scott, a 1989 Texas A&M graduate who earned both his master's in biology (1989) and his doctorate in zoology (1996), joined the Texas A&M Department of Biology faculty in 1990. He has served since 2000 as an associate dean in the College of Science and since 2001 as a co-director of Texas A&M's Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE).

In 2001, Scott founded the university's aggieTEACH program, developed to address the shortage of teachers in the high-need areas of mathematics and science and a key factor in positioning Texas A&M as the state leader in the production of university prepared math and science teachers for more than a decade. During this same period, the CMSE has conducted nearly $30 million in funded science- and mathematics-related research to benefit preK-16 programs throughout the state and nation.

"Dr. Scott has been, and continues to be, an exceptional contributor to the strength of Texas A&M University's teacher preparation program, particularly in the area of preparing secondary mathematics and science teachers," said Dr. Meigan Aronson, dean of the Texas A&M College of Science. "His service to both state and national organizations provides a platform for him to provide leadership in the creation of various STEM education models for preservice and in-service teacher preparation. He is very deserving of being named to the Texas A&M University System's Chancellor's Academy of Teacher Educators."

Scott will be recognized along with his fellow 2016-2017 inductees at the 2017 Chancellor's Century Council Annual Meeting, set for March 2-3 in Austin. Members of the elite educator group receive a $1,000 stipend, a certificate and a commemorative medallion bearing the Texas A&M System seal. Academy members also serve on the selection committee for future inductee classes and are invited to present at the Chancellor's Summit of Teacher Education.

The Academy was established in 2011 to highlight the Texas A&M System's role in producing K-12 teachers for the state of Texas. Nominees must be full-time faculty members from any A&M System university who have made a significant impact on teacher preparation.

Scott is the fourth Academy honoree from the College of Science since 2012, joining mathematics professors Jane F. Schielack (2015-2016), Jennifer G. Whitfield (2013-2014) and Vincent P. Schielack (2012-2013) in the prestigious statewide group. He recently was appointed as Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies, effective January 1, where he will oversee development, implementation and coordination of processes for awarding competency-based academic credit, pathways to degree completion, and opportunities for alternate academic credentials. In addition, he will provide support to colleges and academic support units to facilitate access and inclusivity. Even as an assistant provost, Scott will continue his research into teaching and learning in science and student success.

"Dr. Scott's research area is unique at Texas A&M University and rare in general, in that it focuses on the interface among the content of current science research, the theoretical bases of teaching and learning science, and the public arena of science education policy," said Dr. Jane F. Schielack, Texas A&M emerita professor of mathematics and a 2015-2016 inductee. "Dr. Scott's research is situated in the recruitment, preparation and retention of STEM students and teachers. The funding that supports his research reflects this unique interface, as he has served as principal investigator, co-principal investigator or contributing investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Education Agency. His funding has been continuous and substantial and has resulted in published materials and numerous presentations supporting STEM teacher preparation at the state and national levels."

In 2013 Scott was selected to serve as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Commission on the Science and Mathematics Teaching Imperative (SMTI). He is also one of Texas A&M's leaders in its 100Kin10 partnership, a national initiative to add 100,000 top-rate STEM teachers to American classrooms by 2021.

"In 2013, we invited Tim to serve on SMTI's Executive Committee which includes APLU university presidents, provosts, and distinguished faculty known for their commitment and leadership in STEM education," said APLU Executive Vice President Howard Gobstein. "Tim quickly made valuable contributions to the committee and is at the forefront nationally of the effort to make both university teaching and K-12 teacher preparation align with what we now know about how students learn, and what draws in and supports all students in their learning. Texas A&M has been fortunate to have Dr. Scott's vision, leadership and dedication to STEM education."

Since 2014, Scott has been the faculty mentor for Texas A&M's Posse Foundation Scholars cohort, one of 70 nationwide that prepares 10 first-generation students per group to attend select colleges across the country. In addition, he launched a Transfer Learning Community to assist all entering College of Science transfer students in their transition to Texas A&M from other colleges and universities -- model results he regularly presents to audiences ranging from the American Association for the Advancement of Science to the National Institute of the Study of Transfer Students.

"Dr. Scott's leadership and experience make him the go-to person for STEM education knowledge in the College of Science, the university and, in many cases, the state and country," said Dr. Mark J. Zoran, Texas A&M professor of biology and neuroscience and associate dean for faculty affairs and graduate programs in Texas A&M Science. "In the last four years, it has been my pleasure to co-teach a course in animal physiology with him. Tim's knowledge of teaching and learning theory and practical educational strategies, together with his vast experiences in dealing with undergraduate students and their problems -- both academic and personal -- is quite impressive when witnessed firsthand. He has a wonderful demeanor when interacting with students, a manner that puts them at ease while at the same time allowing him to deliver a clear and sometimes difficult-to-take message. He is understanding and fair, but demands responsibility and accountability. Of course, he is extremely knowledgeable of physiology and is a joy to work with in that regard as well.

"I should point out that although Tim has a joint appointment in the Department of Biology, his full-time appointment is 100 percent as associate dean in the College of Science. In other words, he teaches this course for his love of teaching physiology and for his dedication to the university and its students."

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Timothy P. Scott, (979) 845-7362 or t-scott@tamu.edu

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  • Dr. Timothy P. Scott

  • Scott, sharing lessons from aggieTEACH at a 2016 meeting in New York for 49 new partners in 100Kin10, a national network of organizations that hopes to bring 100,000 STEM teachers into the workforce by 2021. (Credit: 100Kin10.)

  • Scott (pictured here advising one of Texas A&M's Posse Foundation Scholars) is widely respected within the Texas A&M community and in external circles for his hands-on approach to improving learning outcomes, from his open-door, one-on-one advising policy to his uncanny ability to meet students on their level.

  • In addition to founding the College of Science's Transfer Learning Community in 2011, Scott has co-taught a 300-level, writing-intensive physiology class and laboratory with fellow biologist and associate dean Dr. Mark J. Zoran for the past four years.

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