Spring 2020 Elections

The School Science and Mathematics Association strives to be an inclusive professional community bringing together researchers and teachers to promote research, scholarship, and practice to improve school science and mathematics and to advance the integration of school science and mathematics.

Please review the candidates' information below. Then, visit your Member Home Page to vote!


Board of Directors Nominees

(2020-2023 - two positions)

The Nominations election: and Elections Committee presents the following slate of candidates for the
Spring 2020 SSMA  
 

Amy Corp (Texas, Mathematics)

Susan Cooper (Florida, Science)

Mike Daiga (Ohio, Mathematics)

Stephen Scogin (Michigan, Science)


Board of Director Candidate

Amy Corp

Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction
Texas A & M -Commerce
Commerce, TX 

 
Current Academic Responsibilities 
I  teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the department of Curriculum and Instruction focusing on elementary teacher preparation. My favorite courses to teach include mathematics and science. I also supervise ten or more student teachers each semester and is the primary person in the department for elementary Mathematics or STEM.
 
Recent Accomplishments  
I was awarded the SSMA Early Career Scholar Award in November and was recently recommended by the Provost for tenure and promotion.
 
Service to SSMA and other professional organizations
This is my  second year on the membership committee and I review manuscripts that focus on mathematics or STEM at the elementary level for SSMA and other journals.
 
Vision for SSMA 
My vision for SSMA is to continue to inclusively bring together educators and researchers to inform, influence and improve school mathematics and science, and to promote integrated mathematics and science within the STEM fields.

Board of Director Candidate

Susan Cooper

Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Secondary Education
College of Education
Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL

 
Current Academic Responsibilities
I teach science methods courses, coordinate the secondary education program, plan monthly enrichment meetings for our Noyce scholars, and co-facilitate two weeklong Summer STEM Institutes for K-12 teachers.
 
Recent Accomplishments
In 2019, Page Keeley and I co-authored a book of formative assessment probes focused on matter and energy, Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, Vol. 3., NSTA Press. Since 2002, I have written lesson materials for ChemMatters and other American Chemical Society publications aimed at high school students.
 
Service to SSMA and other professional organizations
I serve on the review panel for Science and Children. I have presented sessions related to STEM content area reading or formative assessments at every SSMA convention since 2008, and have authored or co-authored three articles in SSMA’s Convention Proceedings. My service to SSMA includes the Conventions and Finance Committees.
 
Vision for SSMA
My vision for SSMA is to continue moving forward to support the K-16 STEM education community through sharing research-informed practices in collaborative forums.

Board of Director Candidate

Mike Daiga

Assistant Professor of
Mathematics Education
Wittenburg College
Springfield, Ohio

 

Current Academic Responsibilities
I have been with Wittenberg University since 2017, where I oversee both preservice teachers primary and secondary mathematics education programs. I participate in outreach and partnerships with local schools, and advise students. 
 
Recent Accomplishments
In 2019, I won the top teaching award for untenured faculty at Wittenberg, the Omicron Delta Kappa Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. 
 
Service to SSMA and other professional organizations
My past service appointments for state and national organizations are serving on the governing board as treasurer of the Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2014-2016) and serving as a Policy Board member of the School Science and Mathematics Association (2016-2019).
 
Vision for SSMA
My vision for the family-oriented atmosphere of SSMA is twofold: to support current Members’ professional development in whatever position they currently hold (teacher, graduate student, assistant professor, etc.) and to recruit potential members who would benefit in involvement in SSMA.

Board of Director Candidate

Stephen Scogin

Assistant Professor of Biology and Education
Hope College
Holland, Michigan 

 

Current Academic Responsibilities 

I teach both science content and methods courses for elementary and secondary candidates. I also run a STEM education research lab and serve on various institutional committees. In the past 5+ years, I have involved 35 undergraduates in research. Together with students and colleagues, we have published 10 peer-reviewed articles and presented over 20 conference papers. We have successfully obtained funding through several agencies including NSF.

Service to SSMA and other professional organizations

I have been a member of SSMA since 2012 and serve on the Finance Committee.  I am a member of NARST, NSTA, and ASTE, and I have reviewed for eight different STEM education journals.

Vision for SSMA

As a former K-12 teacher and principal, I believe SSMA’s vision should include: (a) promoting more collaborations between K-12 practitioners, practicing scientists, and higher education researchers, and (b) encouraging true interdisciplinarity between math and science in research and practice. I would also like SSMA to expand opportunities for undergraduates.