During the four years that he has been president of California State University East Bay, Mohammed Qayoumi has made STEM education a priority. The university in Hayward produces more certified math and science teachers than any other CSU campus, he says. “It’s part of our stewardship,” he says.
Qayoumi, a finalist for the job of president of San Jose State, says that the broad goal in training new math and science teachers is to have them inspire the next generation of students to pursue careers in STEM. Therefore, the university emphasizes workplace skills of critical thinking and working in groups. It also teaches how to integrate social media, like Twitter and Second Life, into the classroom. (UPDATE: On March 23, CSU trustees selected Qayoumi as the next president of San Jose State.)
Cal State East Bay has created partnership with Lawrence Livermore and other national labs as part of its partnerships in a three-county region to encourage K-12 students to pursue STEM majors in college. The college will run more than two-dozen math academies and has organized education summits for the Hispanic and African-American communities.