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26 Feb

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University ’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences has hired two faculty members to focus in the growing areas of physics and astronomy, and science education.

John Stewart will begin working as an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in January.

Gay Stewart will begin working as an Eberly Professor of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Education in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and will serve in a leadership capacity for the STEM Education Mountain of Excellence at WVU in July.

The Stewarts began a career in physics education, college teaching of physics and in secondary school physics teaching and have received major, national, competitive grants for education in STEM fields ranging from $12 million-16 million.

“John and Gay bring tremendous experience and vision to West Virginia University. I’m very confident they’ll help us build a strong program of STEM education with our partner colleges,” said Robert Jones, Dean of the Eberly College.

Both John and Gay Stewart will be departing the University of Arkansas to join the Eberly College faculty.

“It is very important for us to have our (leaders) as soon as possible,” Jones said.

“They are very busy people, and they have very large programs at Arkansas. We are very sensitive to institutions from which our hires come from. We don’t want to be disruptive to our colleagues around the country. We want them to be successful too.”

In addition to her work with UA, Gay Stewart has worked at the University of Arizona, Tucson and The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

She will be responsible for leading an effort to hire other STEM faculty for the college, as well as write proposals for research projects in STEM education, train graduate students, work with high school teachers in the region and train future teachers still in college.

“We found there are over 60 faculty at West Virginia University who do research in the realm of STEM education,” Jones said.

“By adding these next hires, we’re very optimistic that we’re going to rapidly launch into national prominence.”

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