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James S. Fairweather

Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. James S. Fairweather serves as co-Principal Investigator of the AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative.  He is Professor Emeritus of Higher and Adult Education, Michigan State University.  Dr. Fairweather is widely known for his work on faculty roles and rewards, engineering education, and higher education policy.  His books Faculty Work and Public Trust and Entrepreneurship and Higher Education as well as his National Academy of Sciences White Paper Linking Evidence and Promising Practices in STEM Undergraduate Education are considered seminal in the field.  Dr. Fairweather has extensive experience in researching and reforming STEM education.  He served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Disciplinary-based Educational Research which published the principal summative work on postsecondary STEM education.  He has been co-PI of the Engineering Coalition for Schools for Excellence in Education and Leadership (ECSEL) and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning.  Dr. Fairweather has served as chair of the editorial board of the Journal of Higher Education, received the career research award from the AERA Division J, been named a Fulbright Scholar, and awarded an Erasmus Mundus Professorship by the European Union.  He received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Stanford University in 1980.