James L. Moore III to Lead the NSF’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources

The National Science Foundation has selected James L. Moore III to head the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, or EHR, which supports research that enhances learning and teaching, and broad efforts to achieve excellence in STEM education at all levels and in all settings.

Since 2018, Dr. Moore has been vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Ohio State University. Dr. Moore told JBHE that “will be on loan to the National Science Foundation for up to four years and will return to Ohio State after my term is completed.”

“James L. Moore III brings great leadership skills and vision to our agency and is poised to develop new mechanisms and models for reaching the missing millions in our country,” said Sethuraman Panchanathan, director of the National Science Foundation. “His efforts will inspire the next-generation STEM workforce as they unleash their potential and advance discovery and innovation across the United States. I am thrilled to have him join the agency at this important time when access to quality STEM learning experiences for individuals, family, and communities is recognized as a national imperative.”

“Becoming the new EHR assistant director is an opportunity that I do not take lightly,” Dr. Moore said. “It extends the opportunity to be a part of the director’s brain trust in bringing the ‘Missing Millions’ and developing critical strategy — within NSF — to attract, inspire, and cultivate more U. S. citizens for careers in STEM. With the recent passing of the ‘CHIPS and Science Act,’ there are immense opportunities to improve STEM educational and workforce outcomes. I am very excited about the possibilities and ready to run the marathon at a sprinter’s pace to put forth strong initiatives that build a robust, diverse, and inclusive STEM workforce throughout the country.”

Dr. Moore is a graduate of Delaware State University, where he majored in English education. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in counselor education from Virginia Tech.

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  1. Somebody explain and provide evidence how this hire will benefit Black academics at HBCUs? If the hiring of James L. Moore III does not result in a significant increase in substantive funding for HBCUs then what’s the true purpose of this hire? Let me guess, the NSF can “check the box” and publicly we support “diversity, equity, and inclusion”. Give me a break.

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