College of Science & Engineering

Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (SMATE)


SMATE is a national model for the preparation and support of K-12 teachers.

Our dedicated faculty from the disciplines of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Computer Science, Elementary Education and Secondary Education use the latest resources and research on teaching and learning to develop innovative curriculum, courses and K-16 partnerships.

Our mission is to be a national model of effective recruiting and preparation of the highest quality future elementary and secondary mathematics and science teachers. We will participate in research and dissemination of new knowledge in mathematics and science education reform to the university and K-12 communities, and serve as a valuable resource to the university and broader community to improve mathematics and science teaching and learning.


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News and Events

SMATE faculty highlighted in Western Today

Read about Deb Donovan and her students fight to save the Salish Sea's pinto abalone.

Read about Robyn Dahl's new grant to produce accessible, inclusive alternative to Field Camp.

SMATE welcomes new Director

  Dr. Emily Borda

photo of new director, Emily Borda

“I am honored to take on a leadership role for such a collaborative, creative interdisciplinary group of faculty and staff. This is an exciting and crucial time for SMATE to participate in the national conversation about STEM education by enhancing our teacher preparation programs, engaging in scholarship, and working with p-12 teachers and higher education faculty through professional development. We are well positioned to broaden our leadership and collaborations locally and nationally to further the goal of inclusive, high-quality STEM education for all students,” Borda said.
Read more about Dr. Borda in Western Today 

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