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Autumn 2004 | Volume 27, Number 4 | Faculty

Professors Receive Boeing Grant to Strengthen K–12 Education in Math and Science

faculty members — Associate Professor of Physics Stamatis Vokos and Professor of Education Frank Kline — have received a $40,000 grant from the Boeing Company to support their pioneering strategies in cross-disciplinary education. Specifically, the grant helps to fund a new collaborative model developed by Vokos and Kline for preparing teachers of K–12 math and science. The model utilizes professors in SPU’s College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education, as well as master teachers in K–12 schools.

“SPU is perfectly suited for this work,” says Kline. “Cross-disciplinary studies are already happening due to our close faculty relationships and SPU’s efforts to make the campus an innovative learning environment.”

Vokos agrees. “If you look at this kind of collaboration, Seattle Pacific is unique,” he says. “It doesn’t happen very often at other universities.”

The goals of the new program include increasing the number of highly qualified math and science teachers prepared at SPU; developing a master of natural sciences degree program; creating partnerships between teacher educators, researchers, school administrators, and master teachers; and serving as a resource for other major education projects supported by Boeing.

Boeing Vice President of Government and Community Relations Bob Watt presented the grant to Seattle Pacific in an October ceremony on campus. “It is truly a privilege to represent the 53,000 men and women of the Boeing Company as we make this commitment to the future of our community,” he said before handing a check to SPU President Philip Eaton. “This isn’t just about the Boeing Company and SPU; it’s about the future.”

For Eaton, the grant is another indication of the important role Seattle Pacific plays in the region. “As I always say, we believe we need to be at the table of this community,” he says. “And when we’re able to partner with a great company like Boeing, it’s an outstanding moment for us.”

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