About the SMED Program


The SMED Program in Science/Mathematics (SMED)

     SMED was conceived in 1990 by the faculty at Southern University. It was implemented in 1998, enrolled its first students in spring of 1999. This Doctor of Philosophy program is the only Ph. D. program in science and mathematics education, with master’s level proficiency in mathematics and science content in Louisiana.

     This interdisciplinary doctoral program is designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry or biology. If you enter this program without the master’s degree or equivalent in one of these content areas, you will earn a M.S. degree or complete a master’s equivalency during the course of study. The objectives of the Program are the production of new knowledge, processes, and products in science/mathematics and educational technology; the production of an ethnically diverse cadre of research scholars and educational leaders.


Length of the Program

     Students entering the program with an appropriate Master’s Degree can normally complete the Ph.D. requirements within three years of diligent study. The minimum credit requirements are: 63 credits beyond the Bachelor’s Degree or 36 credits beyond the Master’s Degree with an additional 12 credits of dissertation research. Currently you can complete 40% of the degree requirements online.

Career Prospects

     The SMED Program prepares you for a variety of careers, including: research and university-level teaching (in science and mathematics education), teaching postsecondary (mathematics, computer science, or a natural science), college administration, school district curriculum leadership, instructional program design (in industry), editorial positions(in scientific publishing), scientific writing and software development ,and  independent consulting in E-Learning.


Program Delivery

      The SMED program is a 60:40 Hybrid Online Program. This program requires you to commute only 60% of your time to campus. A total of 40% of the program is fully delivered online and advisement is partially done using modern telecommunication and conferencing tools. Please see the SMEDOnline portal.

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APPOLO EDUCATION VISIT – PICTURE RIGHT TO LEFF: Ms. Warren, Graduate Student SMED; Ms. Hart, CFO Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF); Ms. Ajibike, Graduate Student SMED; Mr. Jones, CFO University of Phoenix; Ms. Martin, Graduate Student SMED; Ms. Stovall, Graduate Student SMED; Mr. Middleton, National Director, University of Phoenix; Dr. Diack, Director, Doctoral Program in Science/Mathematics Education, SUBR.

SMED Graduate students were invited by Dr. Monique Guillory-Winfield,  Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Southern University System (SUS), to participate in a round table discussion with Mr. Byron Jones, the CFO with the Apollo Education Group. The meeting was held on Wednesday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the System Conference Room.  The group visited SU to talk with the President and campus leadership regarding course sequences and cartridges that could be among the available resources for our online degree programs.

SMED was very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to interact with the visitors and to propose potential research agenda  in partnership with Appolo Education.

We thank Dr. Monique Guillory-Winfield for the opportunity. 

Lear More: 
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Teresa Mutahi, Ph.D., Science and Mathematics Education
Southern University and A&M College

Teresa Mutahi, Doctoral Program in Science and Mathematics Education (SMED) - SUBR

Teresa Mutahi – Doctoral Program in Science and Mathematics Education (SMED) – SUBR


Chancellor James Llorens – SUBR


Dr. Teresa Mutahi receiving her P. D. degree and a recognition for Excellence by the SUBR Campus Administration – Picture featuring: Southern University Baton Rouge (SUBR)Chancellor James Llorens; Professor Moustapha Diack, Interim Director of SMED; Dr. Teresa Mutahi, SMED Alumni SP2014; Dr. Damien Ejigiri, Dean of the SUBR Graduate School.

Teresa, a SMED  international student, was born in Nyeri, Kenya. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Moi University, in Kenya. Her desire to pursue an advanced degree in science education began during her undergraduate studies where she volunteered as a high school science teacher. Having taken and passed both Praxis I & II and the GRE, Teresa was accepted into a dual graduate program at Southern University. Teresa has completed a Master’s degree in Biology and the  Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education. She  maintained a GPA of 4.0 out of 4.0. Also, she has published in peer reviewed journals. In November of 2013, two days after defending her dissertation, her mentor/advisor/Committee Co-chair passed away suddenly. Words cannot express the devastation we felt and continue to feel. With her graduation this spring, she celebrates the hard work and life of the late Professor Joseph Meyinsse, who was selfless and like a father far away from home. Although he is not here physically, his spirit is present.  God bless Southern University, a home far away from home.  

Dr. Mutahi Alumni Page
SMED Alumni Page

Special Thank You to the Advisory Committee

Dissertation Advisory Committee Members – Professor Joseph Meyinsse, SMED Program – deceased Nov. 3, 2013; Professor Luria Young, Dean College of Education, Arts and Humanities – SUBR; Professor Diola Bagayoko, Physics Department – SUBR;  Professor Moustapha Diack, SMED Program – SUBR



Learn more about the SMED Doctoral Program by visiting this site.




Montcrif/Ni’Shawn /Jibike/Mason/Warren/Ledet/Martin


A group of graduate students representing the doctoral program in Science/Mathematics Education (SMED) Student Association met with President Ronald Mason today May 2, 2014. Discussions were centered around matters related to the doctoral program,  the needs of support from the Southern University System (SUS) and  SMED graduate student involvement in research and development in online learning and capacity building within the Southern University Institutions. Other meeting attendants included Dr. Monique Guillory-Winfield, V. P. for Academic & Students Affairs – and – Prof. Moustapha Diack, Interim Director of the doctoral program in SMED.

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Sloan-C/MERLOT conference on Emerging Technologies for Online Learning.

A conference devoted to the emerging and innovative uses of technology designed to improve teaching and learning online

7th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium

April 9-11, 2014 · Sheraton Dallas Hotel – Dallas, TX

Twitter: #et4online |  Follow us on Twitter @et4online

Unconference Twitter: #unet4online | Launch Pad Twitter: #launchpad


As a member of the MERLOT community, we’re sending a special invitation and reminder about the upcoming

Sloan-C/MERLOT conference on Emerging Technologies for Online Learning.

Saving $: Faculty and staff from MERLOT Partner Institutions will be able to receive about a $125 discount off the regular registration fee (early bird + MERLOT Partner) if you register by February 10th

Learn What You Need: The Emerging Technologies for Online Learning conference provides opportunities for you to learn from expert practitioners of innovations in online learning and teaching.  Some of the key topics areas showcased at the conference are:

MERLOT is grateful for the time and energy you put into reviewing materials.  Without you, we could not offer educators the vast catalogue of quality peer-reviewed materials for their teaching and learning needs.  We are proud that you are a part of the MERLOT community and the ET4OL Conference is a perfect opportunity for you to meet your editors, members of your editorial board, and the MERLOT staff.  We hope you will consider attending and would love to see you there.  Help us get the word out about this great conference by sharing information about it with your colleagues on listservs, through social media (#et4online), and personally.  Thanks again for all that you do for MERLOT!

Thank you in advance for helping support this important partnership between MERLOT and Sloan-C through your advocacy.   Bringing people together for a few days in Dallas can make a difference all year long.

RESEARCH: Completion Rates Aren’t the Best Way to Judge MOOCs, Researchers Say

RESEARCH: Completion Rates Aren’t the Best Way to Judge MOOCs, Researchers Say


HarvardX and MITx are collaborative institutional efforts between Harvard University and MIT to enhance campus-based education, advance educational research, and increase access to online learning opportunities worldwide. Over the year from the fall of 2012 to the summer of 2013, HarvardX and MITx launched 17 courses on edX, a jointly founded platform for delivering massive open online courses (MOOCs). In that year, 43,196 registrants earned certificates of completion. Another 35,937 registrants explored half or more of course content without certification. An additional 469,702 registrants viewed less than half of the content. And 292,852 registrants never engaged with the online content. In total, there were 841,687 registrations from 597,692 unique users across the first year of HarvardX and MITx courses. This report is a joint effort by institutional units at Harvard and MIT to describe the registrant and course data provided by edX in the context of the diverse efforts and intentions of HarvardX and MITx instructor teams.

Keywords: MOOC, massive open online course, HarvardX, MITx, online learning, distance education, higher education

Professional Development & Educational Technology Training

Dr. Diack would like to inform you that the SMED Doctoral Program  is hosting this semester various Professional Development Expert Training with national certification .The SMED Faculty Development Laboratory (FDL) are conjointly organized by the Southern University College of Science of Agriculture (CSA) and the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CE&CS) at SUBR.

Please visit the training page where you can register for the faculty professional training SP2014. Places are limited, so you have to act upon this if you are interested.  You will earn a professional development badge if you complete the morning and afternoon session of January 27, 2014.

Please disseminate to peers, if you are part of a unit or a college at SU.


Doctoral Candidate – SMED
Professional Development and Training Coordinator


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9147 Elm Grove Garden Drive, Baton Rouge, LA
(225) 775-0776
SMED Professional and Training Coordinator
Doctoral Candidate, Ph. D. in Science/Math Education & Technology

SMED Program highlighted by LodestarLearning Corporation

The SMED Program is featured on the Lodestarlearning Corporate Web Site


LodeStar 7 represents a new user experience. Within its main template, instructors can choose to create something simple or something complex. One template supports simple presentation in HTML 5. It also supports images, video, audio, multiple choice, multiple select, true and false, flashcards, interview questions, long answers, and journaling.

There’s a lot to LodeStar 7. The tool grows as the instructor grows. It starts simple and maintains its simplicity as the instructor takes on more sophisticated tasks.

Bob Bilyk, Director of Lodestar will be delivering professional training at SUBR on January 27. Please go to the SMED Training page to register.


This highlights the achievements of our alumni and  display current graduates portfolios and milestones.

Media Development and Student Portfolios: Learning Disabilities -SMED 770 COURSE_F2013

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Summary: Blind students should not be excluded from physics courses because of inaccessible textbooks. The modules in this collection present physics concepts in a format that blind students can read using accessibility tools such as an audio screen reader and an electronic line-by-line Braille display. These modules are intended to supplement and not to replace the physics textbook.
Here is the link to it and many Physics concepts are covered.