Dr. Meltem Alemdar is Associate Director and Senior Research Scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC). Dr. Alemdar earned her PhD in Education Policy, with a concentration in Research, Measurement, and Statistics, at Georgia State University in 2009. Her research focuses on improving K-12 STEM education through research on curriculum development, teacher education, and student learning in integrated STEM environments. Dr. Alemdar has led as PI and co-PI numerous NSF-funded research projects focusing on project-based learning, STEM integration, engineering education, and social network analysis. Additionally, she has been an external evaluator for various NSF projects over the past decade. As part of an NSF funded project, she directs a longitudinal study that focuses on measuring an engineering curriculum’s impact on student learning and 21st century skills. She has also directed a large multi-year, multi-institutional social network analysis study measuring changing collaboration patterns among program investigators as a part of a NIH funded grant. Her expertise includes program evaluation, social network analysis and quantitative methods such as Hierarchical Linear Modeling and Structural Equation Modeling.
Her current NSF Noyce funded project focuses on examining factors influencing the retention of early career teachers in high-needs schools. Drawing on a sample of Noyce Teacher Fellows, the study investigates the role of teachers' personal networks and self-efficacy on teacher retention.