David E. Drew  

Joseph B. Platt Chair

Professor of Education at Claremont Graduate University

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My research interests focus on the improvement of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and research. My latest book about reforming STEM education was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in October 2011. A paperback edition of this book will be published early in 2015.

I also conduct research and write about higher education, and, to a lesser degree, about technology and about health/health education.

I am a sociologist who employs both quantitative and qualitative techniques in his research, but who enjoys the former more. I like building mathematical and statistical models. Much of my work has been comprised of evaluation studies..

Forthcoming Events

Co-Chair, Workshop on Integrating Engineering Education with the Liberal Arts, National Academy of Engineering, Washington, D.C., January, 2015

Presentation at "Future of Liberal Arts in India II" Conference, New Delhi, India, March, 2015

Keynote Speech, Educational Summit on STEM, Literacy and Rural Education, University of Northern Iowa, May, 2015


Presentation at a conference on liberal art colleges in India, January 2014

Recent Articles

"Liberal Studies in Engineering: A Design Plan" (co-authored with Louis Bucciarelli), Engineering Studies journal, forthcoming. This will be the first article to be published in the new "Issues in Engineering Studies" section of the journal.

Five reasons to be optimistic about education in America
Here I discuss why there is still hope for American education.

Stepping it up in STEM education: Q and A with David E. Drew
In this piece I explain why the U.S. underperforms in these critical areas and suggest ways to get back on track.

Understanding the value proposition of health information exchange: the case of uncompensated care cost recovery
This case study examined the use of the Nationwide Health Information Network as a mechanism for secure and interoperable transport of existing clinical data from electronic health records. (co-author)

Why U.S. can’t get back to head of the class (because it was never there)
This Washington Post article provides facts to counter the claim made by many policymakers that the US once was a world leader in K-12 education.

The Five Misconceptions About Teaching Math and Science- American education has not declined and other surprising truths
This article on false myths about STEM was solicited for a special issue of Slate/Future Tense magazine about science education.

What They Didn't Teach You in Graduate School 2.0
This article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, by Paul Gray and myself, contains excerpts from the expanded latest edition of our book, What They Didn't Teach You in Graduate School.

Q&A with David Drew: Broadening STEM education and debunking its myths
This is an interview with me about STEM the Tide, which was published in the Hechinger Report on Education.

Billionaire dropouts are not the rule
In this article, I responded to, and criticized, a piece in the New York Times that questioned whether a college education still mattered.

Hawaii was trailblazer in quest for public worker rights
In this piece, published in a Honolulu newspaper, I wrote about my uncle, who secured basic rights and privleges for those who worked in the public sector in Hawaii, including teachers.

Quoted In

Professor, author explores education in America

Out-of-School Time Drawing Girls Into STEM

Science education lacking in Maryland: In state known for research, too little attention to science education

Recent Presentations

"Science Education and Professional Development", Presentation at Department of Biomedical Engineering, Florida International University, November, 2014

"STEM the Tide", Presentation to the administration, board, and STEM teachers at Baldwin Park Unified School District, October, 2014

"STEM: What Does It Mean? Why Is It Important? Is It for You?", Claremont Education Foundation Presentation, October, 2014

Panel co-chair, "Closing the Achievement Gap in Houston", NCORE Conference, June 2014

Presentation at Chapman University as part of professional development for STEM teachers, June, 2014

Presentation at a conference on liberal art colleges in India, January 2014 (Watch Presentation)

Keynote to the Leadership Team of the Anaheim Union High School District, August 2013

"What They Didn't Teach You in Graduate School", Keynote during Graduate Student Appreciation Week, Tufts University, April, 2013

Keynote speech to the annual meeting of the NSF programs about broadening participation in STEM, National Science Foundation (NSF), June 2012

Invitational international conference on the future of engineering education Abu Dhabi speech, March 2012

Project Kalaidoscope, January 2012
A keynote presentation at the annual meeting of the Southern California branch of Project Kalaidoscope, an organization which focuses on undergraduate STEM education.

NCORE, June 2011
A presentation about how to succeed in graduate school, and in an academic career, at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity.

The Texas Southern University STEM Awareness Forum, March 2011
A presentation at a special STEM Awareness conference convened by the College of Science and Technology at Texas Southern University.