Dr. Lamont A. Flowers

Dr. Lamont A. Flowers, executive director of Clemson’s Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education.
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Dr. Lamont A. Flowers, executive director of Clemson’s Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education, is the lead editor of a new book highlighting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education research conducted at historically Black colleges and universities. The book, “Advancing Educational Outcomes in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” was published by the University Press of America.

Data from the National Science Foundation indicate the positive impact of historically Black colleges and universities in graduating substantial numbers of African Americans with degrees in STEM. According to Flowers, the primary objectives of the edited book are to highlight empirical studies on STEM education, present the latest research findings, and discuss strategies for improving STEM students’ labor market outcomes at historically Black colleges and universities.

“It is my hope that this book will help higher education administrators, college faculty, and policymakers understand critical issues affecting success outcomes in STEM education at historically Black colleges and universities,” said Flowers.

The edited book features innovative studies and conceptual scholarship that integrate important ideas to enhance STEM education in these colleges and universities. One informative chapter in the book incorporates an analysis of brain scans to explore the effects of a training program designed to enhance students’ mathematics achievement. Several chapters in the book highlight best practices in STEM programs designed to increase student diversity among the STEM workforce.

“The book is formulated to accentuate empirically-based recommendations designed to increase the numbers of historically black college and university students pursuing degrees and careers in STEM,” Flowers said. “This collaborative research project is aligned with my goal to produce scholarship that analyzes meaningful issues impacting educational opportunities, academic achievement and employment outcomes among African Americans.”

The book is co-edited by Lawrence O. Flowers and James L. Moore III and includes information designed to enhance strategies and research to improve students’ engagement experiences, graduation rates, and career development outcomes.

In recent years, Flowers has explored several issues impacting STEM education at historically black colleges and universities. He moderated a panel presentation in 2014 at the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities conference to highlight strategies to enhance student development among African American students pursuing STEM degrees.

Flowers has also conducted several National Science Foundation grant-funded studies to investigate factors impacting STEM students’ success at historically black colleges and universities. His current grant-funded study from the foundation conducted in conjunction with Livingstone College, “Advancing Interest and Motivation (AIM) for STEM Careers,” integrates the implementation and evaluation of a research-based academic outreach program that Flowers co-developed. The program incorporates career assessment, career counseling and student-faculty interactions to enhance STEM students’ career development outcomes.

Flowers is the distinguished professor of educational leadership in Clemson’s College of Education. His research examines factors impacting the pathways to a college degree and occupational attainment among African Americans as well as academic, leadership, and policy issues in education.