USI Receives More Than $500,000 From ICHE To Recruit, Train STEM Teachers


The University of Southern Indiana Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education has been awarded two grants totaling more than $528,000 by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) for programs intended to recruit and train teachers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.

One of the grants will fund the Teaching Eagles Scholarship Program – an opportunity for students majoring in STEM fields and education majors wishing to minor in mathematics and science fields to receive a tuition stipend and to attend regional conferences. This grant, led by Dr. Kelly Sparks, assistant professor of Education, is for $279,096.

The second program is New Experiences for Instructors of Dual Enrollment (NExIDE), a rotation of graduate-level courses for Southwest Indiana dual-credit teachers to meet the Higher Learning Commission credentialing requirements of 18 graduate hours in the STEM fields. This grant, led by Dr. Rick Hudson, chair of the Department of Mathematics, is for $249,102.

For more information on Teaching Eagles, contact Dr. Kelly Sparks at For more information about NExIDE, contact Dr. Rick Hudson at