Assistant Professor of Diversity and STEM Education
Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
Member of Scientific Careers Research and Development Group,
Dr. McGee received her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago; and she was a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and a National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Fellow. As a former electrical engineer, she is concerned with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning and participation among historically marginalized students of color. Her research focuses on the role of racialized experiences and biases in STEM educational and career attainment, problematizing traditional notions of academic achievement and what it means to be successful yet marginalized, and STEM identity and identity development in high-achieving students of color. She is currently Principal Investigator (PI) on two studies funded by NSF, the first of which investigates the causes behind why African Americans remain one of the most underrepresented racial groups in engineering faculty positions. The second study is working toward the design of a holistic racial and gender attentive mentoring program for engineering Ph.D. students of color.