Michael Odell

Michael Odell, Ph.D.

Roosth Endowed Chair, Professor of STEM Education

Phone: 903.566.7132
Email: modell@uttyler.edu


Michael Odell, Ph.D.

Michael Odell, Ph.D.

Title: Roosth Endowed Chair, Professor of STEM Education
Department: Education
Building: HPR 263A
Email: modell@uttyler.edu
Phone: 903.566.7132


  • Ph.D. Indiana University
    Major: Curriculum and Instruction/Science Education
  • M.A.T. University of Texas at Dallas
    Major: Science Education
  • B.A. University of Texas at Dallas
    Major: Geoscience; Minor: Literature


Michael R.L. Odell, Ph.D. is a Professor of STEM Education and holds the endowed Roosth Chair in Education. Dr. Odell holds a joint appointment in the College of Education and Psychology and the College of Engineering. He is currently the Co-Coordinator for the Ed.D. in School Improvement Program and the Co-Director of the UTeach Program.  He has been instrumental in implementing innovative programs that have resulted in increased enrollments, extramural research grants, and gifts from alumni and industry. Programs initiated by Dr. Odell include the UTeach Replication, which has doubled the number of STEM teachers produced by the university. He co-founded the UT Tyler University Academy charter schools, which also serve as Laboratory Schools for the School of Education located at the UT Tyler main campus (Tyler, TX) and extension campuses in Longview and Palestine. He also established the Ingenuity Center, one of seven designated STEM Centers in Texas. Dr. Odell was instrumental in growing the research enterprise at UT Tyler and in the College of Education. In addition to his faculty appointment, Dr. Odell has held several administrative positions at UT Tyler including the Director of the School of Education and the Vice President for Sponsored Research. Dr. Odell has published numerous articles, book chapters, proceedings, and technical reports. He has won over $60 million in grants, contracts, royalties, and development.

Professional Certifications

  • Secondary Level (6-12) Earth Science/English, Texas

Courses Taught

  • ELED 4214 - Teaching Science in the Elementary School
  • GEOL 3310 - Physical Geology and Astronomy
  • EDUC 5308 - Current Issues in Education
  • EDUC 5370 - Historical and Philosophical Foundations
  • EDUT 4370 - Project-Based Instruction

Research and Professional Interests

  • STEM Education
  • Engineering Education
  • School Improvement
  • Education Policy

Curriculum Vita