COE Professor Octavia Tripp Named Senior Scholar in Residence

October 2, 2015

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) recently announced the appointment of Octavia Tripp, Ed.D., as a Senior Scholar in Residence in AAC&U’s Office of Undergraduate STEM Education for the 2015-16 academic year. Dr. Tripp is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. She has more than 20 years of experience in preparing undergraduate and graduate students for careers in elementary education, delivering online instruction to pre-service teachers, and teaching in elementary and middle schools. Her research has focused on teaching underrepresented minority elementary and middle school girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Dr. Tripp’s research also explored the use of learning and temperament styles in teaching and the use of virtual classrooms for underrepresented minority elementary and middle school girls in STEM.

Dr. Tripp received the 2012 Auburn University Undergraduate Teaching Award in the College of Education. She has successfully led several study abroad programs in Malawi, Africa, focused on the global impact of STEM on society. She is a curriculum contributor to the NASA Aeronautic Guide for Educators, as well as co-author of African American Astronauts.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Tripp to AAC&U,” said Kelly Mack, Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education. ”Dr. Tripp brings to us a combined theoretical and practical perspective on how to most effectively empower STEM faculty to embrace, implement, and sustain transformations from traditional to more interactive teaching practices. We very much look forward to collaborating with her in what promises to be an important turning point in how we approach STEM higher education reform.”

Dr. Tripp will be in residence in Washington, D.C. the entire fall semester, and back on campus in the spring of 2016.

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