About Mohr-Schroeder

Margaret J. Mohr-Schroeder, PhD


Associate Professor of STEM Education – Mathematics Education
Secondary Mathematics Program Co-Chair


Research Areas: Preservice and inservice teachers’ Mathematics Knowledge for Teaching; Preservice teachers’ perceptions of struggling learners; transdisciplinary STEM education; increasing student interest in STEM disciplines and careers; Preservice secondary mathematics teacher preparation


University of Kentucky
STEM Education Department
105 Taylor Education Bldg
Lexington, KY 40506-0001

Phone: (859) 257-4235
Email: mmohr2@nullg.uky.edu

Professional Preparation
BSEd Mathematics with minor in Biology, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS
MS Mathematics, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS
PhD Curriculum & Instruction – Mathematics Education, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Kansas Certified Teacher Mathematics and Biology, grades 7-12

Five Selected Publications

Holloway, L., Qu, L., Mohr-Schroeder, M. J., Azadeh, V., Balda, J. C., Benigni, A., Colliver, D., Dolloff, P., Dougal, R., Faruque, O., Fei, Z., Liao, Y., McCann, R., Nelms, R. M., Singh, V., & Zhou, Q. (2017). A multi-institutional approach to delivering shared curricula for developing a next-generation energy workforce. IEEE Access: Special Section on Innovations in Electrical and Computer Engineering Education, 5, 1416 – 1427. DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2017.2664419

Saderholm, J., Ronau, R. N., Rakes, C. R., Bush, S. B., & Mohr-Schroeder, M. (2016). The critical role of a well-articulated, coherent design in professional development: An evaluation of a state-wide two-week program for mathematics and science teachers. Professional Development in Education. DOI: 10.1080/19415257.2016.1251485 Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2016.1251485

Mohr-Schroeder, M. J., Cavalcanti, M., & Blyman, K. (2015). STEM education: Understanding the changing landscape. In A. Sahin (Ed.), A practice-based model of effective science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education teaching: STEM Students on the State (S.O.S) model, pp. 3 – 14. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.

Jackson, C., Mohr-Schroeder, M., & Little, D. L. (2014). Using informal learning environments to prepare preservice teachers. Teacher Education & Practice – STEM Education Special Issue, 27, 445-463.

Mohr-Schroeder, M. J., Jackson, C., Miller, M., Schroeder, D. C., Walcott, B., Little, D. L., Speler, L., & Schooler, W. (2014). Developing middle school students’ interests in STEM via summer learning experiences: See Blue STEM Camp. School Science and Mathematics


Active Grants
National Science Foundation (Robert Noyce – Phase II). UK-NOYCE: New Opportunities Yielding Classroom Excellence – Phase II. www.uky.edu/PIMSER/programs/NOYCE Total amount $800,000. Role: Primary Investigator. September 2012 – August 2017.

National Science Foundation (EPSCoR Track 3). Utilizing STEM Camps and STEM Clubs to increase interest in STEM fields among females and students of color. Amount: $749,999. Role: PI. September 2013 – August 2018.

Council on Postsecondary Education. Energy is Elementary. Role: Co-PI. Total Award Amount: $110,000. PI: Carol Hanley, University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. April 2016 – June 2017.

Council on Postsecondary Education. STEM PRIDE: Partnering with Research & Industry to Develop (STEM) Educators for college and career readiness (CCR). Role: co-PI. Total Award Amount: $274,916. PI: Carol Hanley, University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. January 2015 – June 2017.

National Science Foundation – REU. REU Site: STEM – CATS: Creating Academic Teacher Scholars in STEM Education. Role: Senior Personnel. Total Award Amount: $360,656. Primary Investigator, Molly Fisher, Dept. of STEM Education, University of Kentucky. 2016 – 2019.

Mathematics and Science Partnership – Kentucky Department of Education. Full STEAM Ahead: Preparing elementary teachers to implement best-practices in integrated STEAM instruction. Role: External Evaluator. Primary Investigators: Sarah Bush and Kristin Cook, Bellarmine University. 2015 – 2017.

University of Kentucky Women & Philanthropy Network. #IAmAWomanInSTEM Student Leadership. Role: Leadership Steering Team. Primary Investigator: Randolph Hollingsworth, Undergraduate Education. 2017 – 2018. $50,000.

Other Select Synergistic Activities

(1) Co-Director of See Blue STEM Camp, a summer day-camp for rising middle school students which aims to increase student interest in STEM fields and STEM careers by providing them with authentic and positive hands-on learning experiences in STEM laboratories. This camp also engages preservice and inservice teachers as well as graduate students in this informal learning experience to increase their own STEM knowledge and to gain additional practice working with adolescents. 2010 – present

(2) Creator and Founder of Innovative STEM Education Teacher Preparation Program at UK – Secondary Mathematics Program Chair since 2006. The STEM Education Preparation program has had a Phase I Robert Noyce Fellowship Program (myself as PI) which funded 42 new mathematics and science teachers and currently has a Phase II (myself as PI) project which will fund an additional 30 mathematics and science teachers as well as provide continuing professional development, especially around the engineering design and practices to Phase I and Phase II participants at University of Kentucky and 3 other Kentucky NOYCE projects.

(3) Helped to develop, implement, and co-teach a transdisciplinary course Systems Thinking for Sustainability. This course was taken by undergraduate and graduate students in the Colleges of Education, Design, Business & Marketing, and Engineering. This project was successfully replicated at Texas A&M in Spring 2014. Funded by National Science Foundation (TUES). Sys-STEM: Systems Thinking for Sustainability. Award Amount: $200,000. Role: Co-PI. Primary Investigator, Dusan Sekulic, Fellow ASME Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky. August 2011 – present.

(4) Helped design and field test a framework for knowledge for teaching geometry, two versions of a geometry assessment for secondary teachers, and a field observation instrument aimed at capturing the moves and strategies of secondary geometry teachers in the classroom. Together this data was used to establish predictive validity. Funded by National Science Foundation (DRK-12). Geometry Assessments for Secondary Teachers (GAST). Award Amount $3,153,856 total. Role: Co-PI. Primary Investigator, Dr. Bill Bush, University of Louisville. October 2008 – September 2014.

(5) Helped to develop, implement and sustain Family Math and STEM Nights at local elementary and middle schools. These events draw the community in to the school for a night of fun mathematics and STEM games they can play at home with their children as a family. Preservice teachers from our programs at UK are heavily involved in these events – they help to run each game booth with an inservice teacher.