An associate professor and a graduate student in the Integrative STEM Education program at Virginia Tech have been honored by the national Council on Technology and Engineering Teacher Education (CTETE). 

John Wells, an associate professor, was named CTETE Educator of the Year. Tyler Love, who successfully defended his dissertation in March, won the organization’s Silvius-Wolansky Outstanding Publication Award.

Wells teaches graduate courses in Integrative STEM Education and has written or co-authored more than 50 refereed articles, book chapters, textbooks, and monographs. His research interests include biotechnology problem-based learning; the intersections of practice among STEM education areas; and instructional design and technology.

He has presented at national and international conferences; served as a reviewer for two divisions of the National Science Foundation; and served on editorial review boards, including the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education and the International Journal on E-Learning

Wells, who joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 2005, has a Ph.D. and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and two bachelor’s degrees from Florida State University.

Love, who holds a bachelor’s degree in technology education from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, delivered the 2015 keynote address at that university’s 62nd Annual Honors Convocation. Following his speech, he received the university’s Leadership by Example Distinguished Alumnus Award.

He was named Scholar of the Year by the Nu (Maryland) Chapter of Iota Lambda Sigma, a professional honor society in workforce education; and was one of six individuals worldwide chosen for the 2013-2014 21st Century Leadership Academy of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.

At Virginia Tech, he was a finalist for the School of Education’s Outstanding Doctoral Student Award for 2013-2014 and a finalist for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences’ Outstanding Doctoral Student Award.

The latest honors for Wells and Love were presented at CTETE’s 2015 annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Integrative STEM Education graduate program at Virginia Tech is part of the Faculty of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education. It is designed to develop 21st century K-16 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educators, leaders, scholars, and researchers.