In keeping with WVU’s strategic goal of excellence in research and innovation, five Mountains of Excellence that represent multidisciplinary areas of strength and opportunity were created.
One area is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. Four colleges initiated a strategic plan focused on a cluster hire of faculty into the WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education (WVUCE-STEM). Gay Stewart serves as the director of the WVUCE-STEM, coordinating efforts throughout the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, and across colleges. Keri Valentine, Jessica Blythe, and Robin Hensel serve as the nodes in their colleges for the more than 60 faculty campus wide who have identified themselves as having an interest in engaging in work in this important area.
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education
Gay's primary research area has been improving physics education for college students, STEM majors and future K-12 teachers.