David E. Drew  

Joseph B. Platt Chair in the Management of Technology

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 book, STEM the Tide was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in October 2011. A paperback edition of this book was published early in 2015.

Much of my STEM work is about how to dismantle barriers and increase both participation and achievement in STEM for traditionally under-represented groups: women, students of color, students from poverty, immigrants and English language learners.

I also conduct research and write about higher education, technology, and public health.

I am a sociologist who employs both quantitative and qualitative techniques, but I emphasize the former more. In my research, I build mathematical and statistical models. I have evaluated many local, state, and national programs to reform and improve STEM education, and to broaden participation in STEM. In my teaching, I focus on quantitative methods, data analytics, and statistical techniques.

My first career was as a computer programmer; ever since I have studied the impact of digital technology on our society. Presently, I am writing a book about this, tentatively titled "Creating Technology as Though Human Beings Mattered."

Selected Recent Presentations

"The Emergence and Power of STEAM", Invited Presentation in Bucharest, Romania. (January 2019)

"Integrating Engineering with the Liberal Arts", Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Conference, Sydney, Australia. (August 2018)

"Key Issues in STEM Education", Globalizing the Liberal Arts Conference, Soka University, California. (June 2018)

"The Missing Link in Engineering Education: The Arts and Humanities, 25th International Conference on Computers in Education, Christchurch, New Zealand (Dec 2017)

"Liberal Studies in Engineering, Presentation at University of San Diego (Nov 2017)

"America's Hidden Talent, Presentation at Eastern Tennessee State University (June 2017)

Building Center of Excellence in Higher Education, Presentation at the University of Tallin, Estonia (May 2016)

The Houston LSAMP Program: A Model for Nation, Presentation at Governing Board Meeting (April 2016)

The Need for a New Pedagogical Paradigm in STEM Education, Presentation at 2015 Education Summit, University of Northern Iowa (May 2015)

"Building Academic Centers of Excellence", Conference on Liberal Arts Education in India, Bangalore, India. (January 2014)

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)


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

Recent Articles

"Breaking Boundaries with Liberal Studies in Engineering" (2018, co-author), in P. Kapranos (ed.), The Future of Engineering Education is Interdisciplinary, Routledge.

"The Impact of a Supportive Community Experience on African-Americans in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering", The Learning Assistance Review, Fall 2018, Vol 23, Issue 2, pp 9-40. (co-author)

"Moving the Needle from Literacy to Knowledge", Philosophical and Educational Perspectives on Engineering and Technological Literacy (2017) This is a reflection about the epistemological implications of the push for "Technological Literacy".

"On MOOCs", The Bridge, (Fall, 2015, co-author) In this National Academy of Engineering journal article, Louis Bucciarelli and I discuss the unique strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs.

"Liberal Studies in Engineering: A Design Plan", Engineering Studies (2015 co-author) This special double issue of Engineering Studies is devoted to a proposal about reforming engineering education by Louis Bucciarelli and myself, followed by the responses and reactions of 30 scholars to this proposal.

Five reasons to be optimistic about education in America
We often hear about the problems in American education. Here I discuss the strengths of American education.

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 Washington Post article, I responded to, and criticized, a piece in the New York Times that questioned whether a college education still mattered.


"Sustaining Health Behaviors Through (Technological) Empowerment" (co-author), in Persuasive Technology, Springer.(Forthcoming)

"STEM Education: Global Trends". In R. Papa (Ed.), Oxford Encyclopedia of Educational Administration, New York: Oxford University Press. (in press)