Hub Staff

Center’s Staff

Dr. Anant Godbole



   Dr. Anant Godbole,
Executive Director,
   Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education



Anant Godbole is a professional mathematician and mathematics educator. He has held positions at Michigan Technological University, University of California (Santa Barbara and Berkeley), and The Johns Hopkins University. He has been Department Chair and Associate Dean at various stages in his career, and looks forward to leading the Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education in the years to come.

Anant has written over 100 professional papers, and been awarded around $8M in grant funding, mainly through the national Science Foundation. He runs a nationally recognized REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program. More information can be found on his website, on his CV,, and at the REU page

Dr. Chih-Che Tai



   Dr. Chih-Che Tai, 
Assistant Director/Associate Professor of Science Education 
   Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education 





Dr. Chih-Che Tai has served as the assistant director of the Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education and an assistant professor of science education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at East Tennessee State University since July 2009.

Dr. Tai's academic and professional activities include (1) developing and implementing grant proposals to improve math and science education at all levels, (2) encouraging and assisting STEM education faculty with grant proposals to improve math and science education, (3) assisting in the university’s outreach and research efforts in math and science education, and (4) teaching graduate/undergraduate science education courses. Since 2009 he has been awarded USD $1.2 million as a principal investigator, including two Mathematics and Science Partnership grants from Tennessee Department of Education, three Improving Teacher Quality grants and one First to the Top STEM PD grant  from Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Also, he has been involved in various grant activities in a role of co-principal investigator (USD $1.78 million) and a grant advisor (USD $274K). His research interests include investigating K-12 students' conceptual understanding of science, technology, engineering and technology, teacher professional development and teacher effectiveness, learning progression, cross disciplines and social networking.

Dr. Tai holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Chemistry from National Taiwan University Taiwan, is a certified chemistry and physics teacher in Taiwan and holds a Ph. D. degree in Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has taught physics and chemistry in middle schools in Taiwan.


 govett, aimee lee


   Dr. Aimee Govett
K-20 Science Specialist





Aimee has developed community outreach programs, working with Insight Training and Educational Center to offer STEM Academies for disadvantaged middle-school youth, predominately African-American, in STEM research projects. This cooperative project involves (i) research-active East Tennessee State University (ETSU) STEM faculty,(ii) STEM teacher candidates, (iii) community leaders, and (iv) natural history museum staff. The program began with the STEM Summer Academy, a four week long intensive experience that engages students in various focus areas such as astronomy, biological systems, computer science, paleontology, statistics, and mathematics theory. After being introduced to these STEM fields, the students’ content and research experiences continued during the academic year in Saturday Academies.  Firmly grounded in established research practices, this project will lead at-risk youth to consider their future in STEM disciplines, while simultaneously enabling them to weather (a) the pressures of diminishing interest in STEM among themselves and their peers; and (b) the struggles of assimilating into a dominantly majority culture for the first time in their lives.

Aimee has been actively involved as co-principal Investigator in five National Science Foundation grants and continues to submit proposals for funding for STEM related projects to benefit both ETSU and the surrounding community. She serves the CUAI department in the College of Education as program coordinator for the MAT program and teaches the major foundations course for that program as well as science methods courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Aimee also remains a member of the faculty of the Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education and serves the state and the community as a member of the ETSU Northeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub Advisory Council (Tennessee STEM Innovation Network).

Dr. Ryan Nivens



   Dr. Ryan Nivens 
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education    






Dr. Ryan Nivens is an assistant professor of mathematics education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at East Tennessee State University. He received his Ph.D in mathematics education at the University of Missouri where he was also a fellow of the Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum (CSMC) for four years. He also served as a mathematics education consultant for the state of Missouri Department of Education.            

As a consultant for the Missouri Department of Education (1999-2007), he worked extensively with the Missouri Math Academy, a statewide program aimed to improve the teaching and content knowledge of middle school mathematics teachers.   In this role, he helped develop curriculum for teachers in both algebra and geometry and worked on its modification year-to-year with the other consultants using the Japanese lesson study model. He continues to work with middle school math teachers at ETSU through the Eastman Scholar Mathletes program (2008- present).

Dr. Nivens taught for seven years for Springfield Public Schools in Missouri, teaching Algebra, Geometry, Math Analysis/Trigonometry, as well as IB Computer Science at the SL level. After he left the classroom, he received a Teacher Appreciation Award from one of his former students in the Missouri Scholars Academy (2006). While working at the University of Missouri, he received a nomination for the MU College of Education Instructor of the Year (2008) and received the MU Graduate Student Association Superior Graduate Achievement Award ( 2008) for his service to the university and work within the department of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum.

Currently, Dr. Nivens provides leadership in his field by serving as the president of both the Appalachian Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AAMTE) and the Upper East Tennessee Council of Teachers of Mathematics (UETCTM). He serves as an ex-officio board member for the Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association and is the newsletter editor for the UETCTM Newsletter, published six times a year. He frequently gives presentations at the annual and regional meetings of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Alan Redmond




   Mr. Alan Redmond, 
Adjunct Science Faculty Member 






Mr. Alan Redmond is an adjunct faculty member with the Clemmer College of Education at East Tennessee State University. Previously he served thirty years with the Kingsport (Tennessee) City Schools as a science teacher, coach and administrator. He spent nine summers as co-director of the Kingsport City SchoolsSummer Science Challenge, a hands-on enrichment program.

While with the Kingsport City Schools he also served three years on-loan to Eastman Chemical Company as a school liaison. At Eastman he helped establish the company’s Putting Children First program connecting industry with area schools. He organized and directed Eastman’s Science in the Summerenrichment program in conjunction with the Scott County (Virginia) Schools. The program ran for fourteen summers serving over two thousand youngsters and received the Gustav Ohaus Award for creative science programs from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). He also designed the popular Eastman Discovery Lab at the Hands-On Regional Museum in Johnson City, Tennessee. 

Redmond is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching, the National Catalyst Award for Excellence in Chemistry Teaching, the Tennessee Academy of Science Outstanding Science Teachers Award and is listed in the first edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers--nominated by former students. He has served on the board of directors of the Tennessee Science Teachers Association, the manuscript review panel for Science Scope magazine and the NSTA national laboratory safety committee.

His Energyport Project which involved students in solving the energy problems of an imaginary city earned the STAR Award from NSTA. The project was published and presented at an international science educators’ conference. He has authored numerous science articles / grants and has conducted science teacher workshops in several states and Canada. 

                        Angela Haga       



   Ms. Angela T. Haga

   Executive Secretary, CEMSE 




Angela serves as the Executive Secretary for the Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education, the Assistant Director for the Tennessee Governor's School for Scientific Models and Data Analysis, and the Public Relations Coordinator for the ETSU Northeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub. She is a native of the Southwest Virginia area, and currently resides with her two daughters in Bristol, TN.  Angela is a graduate of Honaker High School in Honaker, Va and brings many skills to her new position.  She has a wide array of work experience, including: office manager, executive administrative assistant, rental car manager, substitute teacher, finance specialist, customer service associate, and executive secretary. Her hobbies include: crafting, interior decorating, gardening, reading, cooking, and tennis.  






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