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College of Education

S. Megan Che

Associate Professor

Office: 404E Gantt Circle
Phone: 864-656-2036
Vita: Click Here

Educational Background

PhD Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum
University of Oklahoma 2005

MS Mathematics
Colorado State University 1997

BS Meteorology
University of Oklahoma 1995


As a critical theorist and critical feminist, Dr. Che seeks to uncover and disrupt mechanisms and structures that perpetuate inequitable access to high quality schooling experiences in STEM. Dr. Che’s has a record of external funding of $3.995 M as PI or Co-PI and a publication record of 60 journal articles, book chapters, books, and conference proceedings papers. Dr. Che’s most recent NSF-funded project, CR?CS, prepares teachers in South Carolina to teach Culturally Responsive Computer Science and contributes to our understandings of the nature of culturally responsive computer science in introductory high school computer science courses. Because of purposeful recruitment and selection of participating teachers and schools, this project has expanded access to racially and socio-economically diverse students to high school computer science opportunities previously inaccessible to them. Dr. Che also recently served as lead editor on a special issue of Investigations in Mathematics Learning focused on social justice and equity in mathematics schooling. Dr. Che has served in leadership positions in national organizations, including as President of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning and as a Board Member of the School Science and Mathematics Association.

Courses Taught

ED 9010, Historical and Cultural Foundations of Mathematics Education
EDSEC 8420, Advanced Studies in the Teaching of Secondary School Mathematics
ED 7380, Problem-Centered Learning Environments
ED 7380, Teaching and Learning Across the World
MTHSC 7500, Modern Algebra for Secondary Teachers
MTHSC 7130, Algebra for Middle Grades Teachers
EDSEC 4560, Secondary Mathematics Capstone Seminar
EDSEC 4460, Student Teaching Supervision for Secondary Mathematics
EDSEC 4260, Teaching Secondary Mathematics
EDSEC 3260, Junior Level Field Experience
EDSEC 2260, Algebra from a Professional Perspective

Research Interests

Dr. Che’s scholarly productivity focuses on expanding access to historically underserved students to rigorous, responsive, affirming, and equitable schooling environments, particularly within STEM disciplines.
Recent Accomplishments:
• Special Issue Guest Editor – Investigations in Mathematics Learning, Volume 13(1). Research Council on Mathematics Learning, 2021
• PI, “CS For All: RPP: A Scalable RPP For Preparing and Supporting Teachers to Teach Culturally Responsive and Rigorous CS Courses in SC High Schools,” awarded by the National Science Foundation. $1,130,316. Funded August 2017.
• PI, “Impact of Single-Sex Public Educational Environments on Mathematics and Science Classroom Environment, Student Academic Performance, and Student Self-Concept” awarded by the National Science Foundation. $524,667. Funded September 2011.
• Co-PI, “IUSE: Understanding and Propagating the Essence of Successful Computing Education Projects," awarded by the National Science Foundation. $50,000. Funded August 2016.
• Co-PI, “Clemson University International Leaders in Education Program” awarded by the U.S. Department of State. Total funding $690,691. Funded 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014.
• PI, “Meeting the Need for Highly Qualified Mathematics Teachers”, an Improving Teacher Quality grant funded by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. $339,266. Awarded Spring 2008. Renewed Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011.