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August 23, 2022

Dr. James L. Moore III, Assistant Director, STEM Education

Dr. James L. Moore III is the assistant director for the STEM Education Directorate at the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Since 2018, Moore has been vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at The Ohio State University. In this role, he has managed a robust diversity and inclusion portfolio, serving more than 6,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students and a myriad of faculty, postdocs and staff throughout the university. Simultaneously, he served as the first executive director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male and is a Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the College of Education and Human Ecology.

Moore is internationally recognized for his work on African American males. His research focuses on a variety of education topics, including STEM education, gifted education, multicultural and urban education, and higher education. He has published over 160 publications, received nearly $40 million in funding, and given over 200 scholarly presentations and lectures throughout the United States and other parts of the world. Moore is no stranger to NSF and has received nearly $9 million in funding from the agency throughout his career.

From 2015 to 2017, Moore served as NSF program director for the Broadening Participation in Engineering program and also helped launched NSF INCLUDES, a national broadening participation initiative.

Since 2018, he has been annually cited by Education Week as one of the 200 most influential scholars and researchers in the U.S. Throughout his career, he has received many prestigious awards, honors and distinctions. Notably, he was selected as an American Educational Research Association Fellow, American Counseling Association Fellow, American Council on Education Fellow and a Big Ten Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program Fellow. Earlier this year, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities recognized him with its highly regarded Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award and in 2021, the American Council on Education honored him with the Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award.

Moore has a bachelor's degree in English education from Delaware State University and master's and doctoral degrees in counselor education from Virginia Tech.

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