James L. Moore III chosen as
NSF program director

girl working on engineering projectDr. James L.  Moore III, EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education, director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University, has been selected as a Program Director for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Engineering Program. Based on his work as director of the Bell Center, his authorship of over 100 publications focusing on broadening participation topics, and his overall leadership and research experience in engineering education, NSF chose Dr. Moore to be the national leader for its Broadening Participation in Engineering Program (BPE).

The main emphasis of the BPE Program is to generate educational pathways to careers in engineering for all students, with a specific focus on those groups that are currently underrepresented in the engineering workforce. Through these efforts, NSF hopes to generate both short-term and long-term impacts that may improve diversity within the field of engineering. “This opportunity at NSF is rare, especially in this directorate, where a social scientist and not someone with an engineering background is providing leadership to engineering broaden participation” says Dr. Moore. “In the short-term and long-term, I hope to add value to the broaden participation efforts in engineering and beyond.”

As program director, Dr. Moore will serve as a resource for the NSF’s Directorate in Engineering, sharing his expertise to create effective participation strategies. He will also work closely with other program directors to evaluate outreach, review current research and outline new areas of research, and other engineering education efforts that work to increase participation in engineering education.

The work that Dr. Moore will be doing as BPE Program Director complements programs already in place in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, such as The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program, which is managed by the Division of Human Resource Development, a part of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources of the National Science Foundation. 

“LSAMP’s purpose is closely linked with Dr. Moore’s efforts in his new position to broaden participation in STEM. LSAMP programming supports underrepresented minority recruitment, retention, persistence, and attainment of STEM undergraduate and graduate degrees,” said Dr. Barbara Fink, Ohio LSAMP Alliance Director.

His work also potentially influences other developing projects in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion such as Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color’s Mission STEM Possible. The project aims to raise underrepresented middle and high school girls’ interest in STEM careers. “Dr. Moore’s selection is exciting on so many levels,” shared LIWOC Director Victoria Dunn. “Projects like Mission STEM Possible can only benefit from the dedicated advocacy for which Dr. Moore is known.”

Dr. Moore will start his year-long program director position on June 29, 2015. As part of his agreement with NSF, Dr. Moore will continue his active leadership role at Bell National Resource Center while in his NSF position.