CECH alumna Carla C. Johnson returns to the college to lead the new FUSION Center.
|Carla Johnson in the FUSION Center|
Johnson serves as director of the Furthering Urban STEMM Innovation, Outreach and New Research (FUSION) Center in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH). She is also a newly appointed associate professor of science education in CECH. The center has an advisory panel represented by faculty in STEMM disciplines from across the university.
FUSION has outlined the following goals in aligning STEMM with 21st-Century learning:
Johnson is also fulfilling the role of UC’s presence along with more than 20 partners in the Cincinnati STEM Hub Partnership of the Ohio STEM Learning Network, an initiative to build student and teacher talent in the STEMM disciplines. The Cincinnati STEM Hub of education, business and community agencies is supporting the transformation of Cincinnati Public’s Hughes Center into an innovative high school to promote excellence in STEMM. Features of the new high school will include hands-on, inquiry-based instructional practices, a professional practice and demonstration laboratory providing professional development for teachers and college students in teaching programs, and diverse pathways to higher education and career opportunities including dual high-school/college enrollment programs.
FUSION is also following the restructuring of William H. Taft Elementary into a STEMM school that opened this fall, the first milestone in a collaboration – including Cincinnati Public Schools, UC, General Electric, Duke Energy, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Apple, Inc., and the Cincinnati Museum Center – to build a PreK-16 educational pipeline to excellence in the STEMM professions and STEMM education. Students completing eighth grade at William H. Taft Elementary will automatically be eligible to attend the Hughes Center.
“Increasing our talent in STEMM education and in STEMM careers is not only a big challenge for teachers, it’s an issue that affects the community and the region, and it can only be improved through a collective community and regional focus,” she says. “We have a lot of momentum going on here among the talented faculty and FUSION at UC.”
The campus-wide advisory board for FUSION includes James Basham, assistant professor of teacher education (CECH); Amy Brass, assistant director, academic (CECH); Jonathan Breiner, associate professor of science education, (CECH); Gary Dean, associate professor of molecular genetics, College of Medicine; Bob Drake, associate professor of math education (CECH); Ted Fowler, CECH professor emeritus, visiting professor and co-director of the Southwest Ohio Center of Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education; Margaret Hanson, associate professor of physics, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S); Shelly Harkness, assistant professor of math education (CECH); Catherine Koehler, assistant professor of science education (CECH); Anant Kukreti, associate dean and professor of civil and environmental engineering, College of Engineering; Glenn Markle, professor of science education (CECH); Kathie Maynard, visiting assistant professor in teacher education (CECH); Helen Meyer, associate professor of science education, (CECH); Sally Moomaw, assistant professor of teacher education, (CECH); Mihaela Poplicher, associate professor of math education, (CECH); James Stallworth, a Holmes Scholar and doctoral student in math education (CECH); and Piyush Swami, professor of science education (CECH).
Johnson resides in Colerain Township with her husband, Deron, an industrial hygienist.