Terrell R Morton

    Email Address: mortontr@uic.edu
    College: Education Department: Educational Psychology
    Title: Asst. Professor, Identity and Justice in STEM Education
    Office: 3404 ETMSW Phone: 313-996-3014
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Dr. Morton's research and work focus on identity as it informs the persistence and engagement of racialized and minoritized students in STEM postsecondary education.

    He draws from critical race theory, phenomenology, and human development to ascertain Black students’ consciousness and how it manifests in their various embodiments and actions that facilitate their STEM postsecondary engagements.

    As a scholar-activist, Dr. Morton works to transform the positioning and understanding of Blackness in mainstream education, specifically STEM, seeking justice and joy for Black women, Black students, and other minoritized individuals given the social-cultural-political-historical positioning of their identities. He advocates for identity, justice, and joy to be fundamental for education.

    He also works to transform STEM learning environments, creating spaces that are recognized and understood as extensions of students’ identity rather than sites of oppression that perpetuate hostility and exclusion

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Be interested in examining Black students' learning, identity, and experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education.

    Have interest in collaborating with a large team that is both local to UIC and national.

    Is willing and able to engage in conversations with people about potentially sensitive topics.

    Have some experience with planning and implementing activities and events.

    Have some experience with leveraging social media for marketing purposes. As well as some experience with designing marketing materials.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Assist with the development and maintenance of marketing and promotional materials related to the on-going research project.

    Assist with data collection, analysis, and writing.

    Assist with hosting events and providing additional support as needed to ensure project outcomes.

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