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Dr. Sheila Pirkle


Pirkle, S. (2011). Preparing students with disabilities for a future in a technologically complex global economy. Journal of Interdisciplinary Education, 10, 46-56.

Pirkle, S. (2011). Retaining and supporting science teachers. Science Educator, 20(2), 42-46.


McIlveene, M., & Pirkle, S. (2013). The Great STEM Challenge Exposition. Presented at the Tennessee Science Teachers Association Conference, Murfreesboro, TN.

Pirkle, S. (2011, November 12).  STEM instruction in the middle school: What are the essential steps to success? Paper presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Middle Level Education, Louisville, KY.

Pirkle, S., Shutt, T., & Stewart, J. G. (2011, September 20). STEM teaching: The critical components. Paper presented at the 10th annual Tennessee Educational Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN.

Pirkle, S. (2011, April 18). Secondary STEM teachers: Resolving the critical shortage issue. Paper presented at the 27th National Meeting of the National Technology and Social Science Association in Las Vegas, NV.

Pirkle, S., Preston-Sabin, J., & Hodge, B. (2010). Factors that affect teachers' performance on the physics PRAXIS. Paper presented at the meeting of the School Science and Mathematics Association Conference, Ft. Myers, FL. 

Grant Proposals Submitted:

Tennessee STEM Innovation Network - First to the Top:

  • West Tennessee STEM Platform District and Regional STEM Innovation Hub*, $805.529
  • Physical Science for Elementary Teachers, $175,317

National Science Foundation

  • Tennessee/Kentucky Regional Robert Noyce Scholarship*s, $1,146,626
  •  CReST: Collaborative Redesign of Science in Tennessee**, $7,852,387
  • Collaborative Research: DLSpoint - Characterizing Low-Mass Stellar Populations Using the Deep Lens Survey**, $ 54,815

Tennessee Higher Education Commission:

  • Collaborative STEM Professional Development for Middle School Teachers**, $199,178
  • Collaborative STEM Professional Development for Grades 3-5 Teachers**, $199,958
  • Collaborative STEM Professional Development for High School Teachers**, $197,651

 *Not funded

** Under review