Committees and Working Groups

Who Can Contribute

USEA committees and working groups give members of the UTeach network space to lead, collaborate, and grow.

Committee membership is restricted to anyone from a USEA dues-paying UTeach program and to all alumni regardless of program.* 

*Anyone at a UTeach program is a member of USEA. Dues-paying UTeach programs receive extra benefits and access to resources. Every UTeach alumnus regardless of UTeach program receive all benefits available to alumni. Programs: Learn more about the benefits of joining as a dues-paying program.

Working group membership is open to anyone at any UTeach program and to all alumni.


As part of a dues-paying UTeach program or an alumnus, you can join a USEA committee. Our committees provide  avenues for influencing STEM education discussions on a national scale and contributing to the development of USEA and UTeach programs.

  • Shape the future of USEA. Engage in discussions, share insights, and contribute ideas to directly impact USEA's direction and initiatives.

  • Have influence at the national level. Gain the ability to voice  opinions on critical matters concerning STEM education, both at the national level and within our UTeach programs. This active participation empowers you to make meaningful contributions to the ongoing discourse on STEM education.

  • Grow leadership experience. Become involved with a prominent national organization, gain leadership experience, and build relationships with others working toward improving STEM education.

Leadership Development Committee

The Leadership Development Committee proposes annual candidates for key positions, selects committee members, identifies potential leaders, promotes leadership development programs, and explores new trends and best practices for USEA members' benefit.

“I serve because the work that USEA does is highly important to the overall mission of supporting UTeach universities in the network, as well as math and science teaching across the nation. Choosing strong leaders for the organization has lasting consequences for the future of UTeach and I take this work very seriously.” — Committee Co-Chair David Sparks 

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee is tasked with setting criteria for USEA member awards and selecting recipients. Their responsibilities include setting nomination timelines, reviewing and adjusting selection criteria, soliciting nominations, evaluating nominees, and providing progress reports to the USEA Executive Board.

To learn more about committee charges and time commitments, visit the Groups section in USEA Connect.

Working Groups

Participation in working groups is open to all UTeach programs and alumni. These groups form to address specific areas of need for programs and alumni. 

To learn more about these working groups, visit the Groups section in USEA Connect.

Professional Development and Induction Working Group

The USEA Working Group for Professional Development and Induction convenes monthly to address the professional development and induction requirements of UTeach programs and alumni. The committee has delivered impactful outcomes, such as the monthly Master Teacher PD series, the USEA K-12 STEM Educator Virtual Summit, and the creation of resources that can be used in UTeach courses. 

Recruitment Working Group

The Recruitment Working Group meets three times a year to collaborate on program recruitment strategies. This dedicated team shares best practices, discusses challenges, and exchanges valuable materials to enhance the recruitment efforts of UTeach programs. 

Conference Programming Working Group

The Conference Programming Working Group works to ensure that the annual UTeach STEM Educators Conference serves the current needs of the network. The group identifies a unifying conference theme, creates session strands, and generates ideas for enhancing attendee engagement. This group recruits members immediately after a conference ends so they can work on the next conference. Potential group members complete an interest form. The group for the 2024 conference is already established. We will release a 2025 conference group interest form in June 2023. 

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