For release: March 17, 2010
For press information, contact Dr. Celia Anderson, 901-678-5759
The University of Memphis is accepting applications for the Noyce Teaching Fellowship
to recruit and prepare a second cohort of secondary math and science teachers for
Memphis City Schools (MCS). The College of Education received the $1.5 million Noyce
grant from the National Science Foundation last year. The award was funded under the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
The goal of the program is to recruit professionals with a bachelor’s degree in math
or science who might not have considered teaching as a career. Fourteen fellows will
have their tuition paid to complete the 30-hour master of arts in teaching degree
with licensure in secondary education. Recipients must agree to teach for a minimum
of four years in Memphis City Schools.
MCS will fund a part-time residency program to provide mentoring and classroom experiences
while the fellows complete the degree, which will take a full academic year plus two
summers. The aspiring teachers will also have the opportunity to participate in enrichment
opportunities, curriculum development, Saturday children’s camps and professional
Fellows also receive a salary supplement of $10,000 for each of the first four years
of their full-time teaching assignment. They will complete about 160 hours of professional
development during these four years, including leadership training during the third
and fourth years.
In 2009, the University of Memphis, along with 170 other universities, pledged to
the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities to increase its graduation of
math and science teachers. Receipt of the ARRA grant supports this pledge and helps
to address Memphis City Schools’ need for highly qualified secondary math and science
teachers. The Volkswagen Group of America provided matching funds through a gift to
the University of Memphis to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(STEM) education. The U of M and MCS provided additional matching funds to support
the six-year project.
For more information, or to obtain an application, contact Dr. Celia Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.memphis.edu/icl/noyce-grant.php. The deadline to submit applications is March 31.