Arkansas STEM Centers

Arkansas STEM Center Partnership Information: Click here or scroll to the bottom for information on the STEM Center’s partners.


STEM Centers in Alphabetical Order


Arkansas State University-
East Arkansas Community College
ASU Delta STEM Education Center

Dr. Cynthia Miller, Director
Center for Excellence in Education
P.O. Box 2338
State University, AR 72467-2338
Phone: (870) 680-8016 (W) ; (870) 897-5124 (C)
Fax: (870) 972-3559
Math Specialist-Dianne Bounds (870) 217-9572
Science Specialist-Linda Kellim (870) 217-9571


Arkansas State University
ASU Rural STEM Education Center

Dr. Julie Grady, Director
P.O. Box 2338
State University, AR 72467-2338
Phone: (870) 680-8100 (W)
Fax: (870) 972-3559
Math Specialist- Dr. Danita Gibson (870) 240-5927
Science Specialist-Debby Rogers (870) 637-2944


Harding University
Center for Mathematics and Science Education

Dr. Tony Finley, Director
Dr. Allen Henderson, Asst. Director
Box 12254
Searcy, AR 72149
Phone: (501) 279-4242 or (501) 279-4167(asst)
Fax: (501) 279-5717
Math Specialist-Tim Brister (501) 279-4621
Science Specialist-Ben Carrigan (501) 279-5854


Henderson State University
South Arkansas Mathematics
and Science STEM Center

Ms. Betty Ramsey, Director
Box 7663 / 1100 Henderson Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001
Phone: (870) 230-5417
Fax: (870) 230-5099
Math Specialist-Carrie Barber (870) 230-5417
Science Specialist-Annette Brown (870) 230-5417


Southern Arkansas University
Center for Teaching Excellence in Math and Science

Dr. Scott R. White Director
P.O. Box 9181
Magnolia, AR 71754
Phone: (870) 235-4278
Fax: (870) 235-4936


University of Arkansas
Center for Math and Science Education

NASA Educator Resource Center
Ms. Lynne H. Hehr, Director
346 N. West Avenue, #202
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-3875
Fax: (479) 575-5680
Math Specialist-Cathy Jones (479) 575-3875
Science Specialist-Lesley Merritt (479) 575-3875


University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Institute for Math and Science Education

Ms. Darlynn Cast, Director
College of Education
5210 Grand Avenue/Box 3649
Fort Smith, AR 72913
Phone: (479) 788-7257 or 788-7244
Fax: (479) 426-6244
Math Specialist-Judy Dunmire (479) 788-7790
Science Specialist-Steven Brodie (479) 788-7248


University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Math and Science Education Partnership

Keith Harris-Director
College of Education, Dickinson Hall 308
2801 South University
Little Rock, AR 72204
Phone: (501) 569-8149
Fax: (501) 569-8242
Math Specialist-Karen Rivers (501) 569-8062
Science Specialist-Keith Harris (501) 569-8149


University of Arkansas at Monticello

Ms. Pam Beard, Director
UAM Box 3608, Willard Hall
Monticello, AR 71656
Phone: (870) 460-1667
Fax: (870) 460-1563
Math Specialist- Debbie Morrison (870) 460-1473
Science Specialist- Terri Smith (870) 460-1613


University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Center for Math/Science Education

Dr. Shelton Fitzpatrick, Director
Mail Slot 4978/1200 North University
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Phone: (870) 575-8051 or 8752
Fax: (870) 575-4672 or 8852


University of Central Arkansas
UCA Institute for STEM Professional Development and Education Research (UCA STEM Institute)

Dr. Umadevi Garimella, Director
201 Donaghey Avenue, 212 Main
Conway, AR 72035-5003
Phone (501) 450-5663, 450-3426 (sec)
Fax: (501) 450-5009
Math Specialist- Belinda Robertson (501) 450-3621
Science Specialist- Minnietta Ready (501) 450-5868


Arkansas Tech University
STEM Center
Bruce Lazurus – Director
Corley Building
1811 North Boulder Ave.
Russellville, AR, 72801-2222
(479) 968-0331

Additional Partnership Information


EDUCATIONAL RENEWAL ZONES (ERZ) for improved student achievement and enriched academic experiences. ERZ provides brokered access to professional development, networking opportunities, or information about resources for improving science and mathematics education.


Contact: Estelle Matthis, ERZ Director
Arkansas Department of Education
#4 Capitol Mall, Room 205B
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 682-4240


Network of Arkansas Museums
Kelley Bass, Network Coordinator
Museum of Discovery
500 President Clinton Avenue, Suite 150
Little Rock, AR 72201
501-396-7050, ext 119


Arkansas Science Technology Authority
Dr. Gail McClure
Vice President Sponsored Programs
900 W. Capitol Avenue, Suite 320
Little Rock, AR 72201


Statement of Purpose:

The Arkansas Network of STEM Centers serves to enrich the knowledge and teaching practices of teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics by:

    • linking institutions of higher education to K-12 public schools, educational service cooperatives, and businesses.
    • providing services and resources for teachers, administrators, and students.

The Centers work to keep the public informed and offer implementation assistance as it relates to trends in education.



  • Provide professional development opportunities for classroom teachers, administrators, and other educators.
  • Strengthen the skills and preparation of pre-service teachers.
  • Increase collaboration between the Schools of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Education at institutions of higher education.
  • Contribute to improving student achievement in mathematics and science.
  • Assist schools in curriculum, instruction and assessment improvements and reform.
  • Foster partnerships with school districts in order to provide technical assistance.
  • Promote collaboration and coordination of activities with the Educational Service Cooperatives.
  • Support high quality mathematics and science education in the state.
  • Coordinate with the Arkansas Department of Education in school improvement efforts.
  • Serve as resources for mathematics, science and technology materials.


Examples of Professional Development and Technical Assistance Opportunities

  • Common Core State Standards Prep
  • Curriculum Mapping and Alignment for Common core State Standards Instruction and Assessment
  • Preparing Students for ACTAAP Testing
  • K – 12 Vertical Alignment of Topics / Technology
  • Inquiry-based & Problem-based Instruction in Science and Mathematics
  • Development of Performance Assessments and the Use of Rubrics
  • Analyzing ACTAAP, NAEP, TIMSS and PISA Test Data
  • Math/Science Coaches Training
  • Technology Professional Development
  • Custom Designed Programs to Meet the Needs of Individual Schools
  • Student Enrichment Programs
  • School Improvement Planning
  • Technical Assistance: Instructional Technology, Data Analysis, Curriculum Implementation
  • Science Classroom/Laboratory Safety
  • Effective Use of Math Manipulatives and Science Equipment
  • Parental Involvement & Family Math/Science/Literacy Nights

STEM Centers are associated with:
Arkansas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Coalition
Dr. Suzanne Mitchell, Executive Director
114 East Capitol
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 371-2062
(501) 371-2002 fax


Janie Russell
Technical Assistance Liaison
Mid-Continent Comprehensive Center
University of Oklahoma, Norman
Located at the
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Office of the Assistant Commissioner


Arkansas Department of Higher Education
No Child Left Behind, Title II, Part A
Teacher Quality Initiatives
Dr. Suzanne Mitchell
114 East Capitol
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 371-2062
(501) 371-2002 fax


Arkansas Department of Education
No Child Left Behind, Title II, Part B
Judy Trowell
#4 Capitol Mall
(501) 682-4228