Cheryl Farmer
Director of Precollege Engineering Education Initiatives, The University of Texas at Austin
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Cheryl Farmer is Director of Precollege Engineering Education Initiatives at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), where her work focuses on creating and facilitating multidisciplinary collaborations to develop standards-based, research-based engineering curricula and instructional support programs. As co-founder of the National Science Foundation-funded UTeachEngineering program, she led UT Austin’s efforts to develop and roll out a high-quality, low-cost, hands-on, project-based high school engineering course; an innovative teacher professional development and induction program; and undergraduate and graduate degree programs for pre-service and in-service teachers of engineering. In 2012, recognizing the need for clear guidance to assist K-12 teachers and administrators in selecting appropriate professional development opportunities for engineering, she launched a national effort to develop a research-based framework of Standards for Professional Development for K-12 Teachers of Engineering. Her previous work in higher education includes the creation of an academic enrichment and mentorship program for university freshmen with a special focus on supporting first-generation college students. Ms. Farmer is a past recipient of the Dodd Teaching Excellence Award from the Department of Mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin.

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