Michael Odell, Ph.D.

Michael Odell, Ph.D.

Title: Roosth Endowed Chair, Professor of STEM Education
Department: Education
Building: HPR 263A
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 the Sam and Celia Roosth Chair in Education at The University of Texas at Tyler.  He is a Professor of STEM Education with a joint appointment in the College of Education and Psychology and the College of Engineering. Dr. Odell began his career in education as an Earth Science teacher in Irving, Texas (1984-1990). After six years in K-12 education, Dr. Odell pursued his doctorate and transitioned to higher education. 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. The establishment of two Core Research facilities for UT System at UT Tyler, one in Education and one in Engineering.  He also established the UT Tyler Innovation Academies charter schools. Dr. Odell oversees the curriculum and culture for the open enrollment charters located at UT Tyler main campus (Tyler, TX) and extension campuses in Longview and Palestine. He also established the Ingenuity Center, the largest of seven designated STEM Centers in Texas that has an annual budget of $11 million dollars (revenue) including grants, contracts, and fee for service projects. Dr. Odell oversees the management of the Discovery Science Place, a Children’s STEM Museum and associated Mobile STEM Outreach across the US.  Under Dr. Odell’s past leadership of the Office of Research and Technology Transfer, sponsored research programs grew significantly. UT Tyler Ranked 3rd nationally in percentage growth of research dollars overall and 3rd nationally in percentage growth of federal research dollars (Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, 2016). In years past, Dr. Odell also served as the Director of the School of Education, and the Associate VP for Sponsored Research at UT Tyler. Prior to UT Tyler, Dr. Odell served in administrative positions at the University of Idaho and Illinois State University. Dr. Odell currently serves on the Discovery Science Place Board, the Innovation Academy School Board, Texas Regional Collaborative Advisory Board, UTeach STEM Education Association Board, and the Texas STEM Center Coalition Board of Directors. He is best known for his work with the NASA Opportunities for Visionary Academics (NOVA) program, the National Space Grant College and Fellowship program, Texas Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Texas STEM Center Coalition and the UT Tyler Innovation Academies. He has served as a National Space Grant Fellow at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (1995-97) and as a Faculty Fellow at NASA Kennedy Space Center (2003) in Florida. During his career, Dr. Odell has published numerous articles, book chapters, proceedings, and technical reports. He has won over $60 million in grants, contracts, royalties and development. He has also developed a number of new revenue streams through entrepreneurial activities.

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