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August 23, 2022

Dr. James L. Moore III, Assistant Director, STEM Education

Dr. James L. Moore III is the assistant director for the STEM Education Directorate (EDU) at the U.S. National Science Foundation.

With an annual budget of over $1 billion and personnel oversight for nearly 200 employees, he serves as the senior leader for EDU, which supports science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects focusing on K-12 education, undergraduate and graduate education, workforce and human resource development, and learning in formal and informal settings.

Before his NSF appointment, Moore served for over five years as The Ohio State University vice provost for diversity and inclusion, chief diversity officer, and leader of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive offices of its kind). From 2015 to 2017, he served as a program director for Broadening Participation in Engineering in the Directorate for Engineering at NSF. During that time, he was one of the program directors who helped launch NSF’s Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Initiative, a $100-million-plus national broadening participation in STEM program. From 2011 to 2015, Moore was an associate provost for diversity and inclusion at OSU, where he managed numerous nationally acclaimed programs and units. He's served on OSU's faculty since 2002.

Moore is nationally recognized for his work on improving educational and career outcomes for African American males. He is the first executive director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male. He is the inaugural Education and Human Ecology Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at OSU. His research agenda focuses on school counseling; gifted, urban, higher, multicultural education/counseling; and STEM education. Moore is often quoted or featured in popular publications, such as The New York Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Since 2018, he has been cited annually by Education Week as one of the 200 most influential scholars and researchers in the United States.

Moore is known internationally as a thought leader on important educational public policy topics. He is regularly invited to share his expertise with various K-12 school systems, universities, professional associations, and government and nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and other countries and has testified before the U. S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, & Technology on broadening participation in STEM education. Moore has co-edited and co-authored seven books: "African American Students in Urban Schools: Critical Issues and Solutions for Achievement"; "African American Male Students in PreK-12 Schools: Informing Research, Policy, and Practice"; "Black Males and Intercollegiate Athletics: An Exploration of Problems and Solutions"; "Advancing Educational Outcomes in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Historically Black Colleges and Universities"; "Gifted Children of Color Around the World: Diverse Needs, Exemplary Practices and Directions for the Future"; "Black Boys are Lit: Engaging PreK-3 Gifted and Talented Black Boys Using Multicultural Literature and Ford's Bloom-Banks Matrix"; and "African American Young Girls and Women in PreK12 Schools and Beyond: Informing Research, Policy, and Practice." He has also published more than 160 publications; obtained over $40 million in grants, contracts and gifts; and given more than 200 scholarly presentations and lectures throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world (i.e., Dominican Republic, Brazil, Bermuda, Bahamas, Jamaica, Canada, England, Spain, China, India, Indonesia, Ireland and France).

Moore received his B.A. in English education from Delaware State University and both his M.A.Ed. and Ph.D. in counselor education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Throughout his career, he has received numerous prestigious awards, honors and distinctions. Notably, he was selected as an American Educational Research Association Fellow, American Council on Education Fellow, American Counseling Association Fellow and Big Ten Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program Fellow. In 2011, he was bestowed a proclamation from the Ohio House; in 2014, a resolution from the Columbus City Council; and in 2015, a key to the City of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Additionally, in 2018, Missy and Bob Weiler of Columbus, Ohio, established in his honor the Dr. James L. Moore III Scholars Program to support diverse undergraduate students transferring from Columbus State Community College to OSU.

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