BOISE STATE NEWS RELEASE / June 19, 2008
Educator, Astronaut Barbara Morgan Joins Boise State as
Distinguished Educator in Residence
Boise State University announced today that astronaut and Idaho educator
Barbara R. Morgan is joining the university as the Distinguished Educator in
Residence, a new position designed to fit her unique ability to provide
vision and leadership to the State of Idaho on science, technology,
engineering, and math (STEM) education.
“We live in a time when our state needs a strong voice to advocate for the
importance of science, technology, engineering and math education to benefit
our children, our economy, and our nation,” said Boise State President Bob
Kustra. “As a respected teacher, mission specialist and astronaut, Barbara
is uniquely qualified to provide this voice and this leadership.”
The Idaho State Board of Education approved Morgan’s appointment today, just
weeks after Boise State awarded Morgan an honorary doctorate degree for her
accomplishments as NASA’s first Educator Astronaut. Morgan flew aboard the
space shuttle Endeavor last August.
Morgan, through a dual appointment to Boise State’s colleges of engineering
and education, will advise, lead and represent the university in its policy
development, advocacy and fundraising in STEM-related programs, scholarships
and initiatives. She will serve as a Boise State ambassador for scientific
literacy in the community and help guide education policy in Idaho. Also,
she will direct Boise State’s efforts to bring NASA education programs to
area school districts, and serve as a guest lecturer and student mentor in
departments across campus.
Morgan joined NASA in the 1980s as part of the Teacher in Space program and
served as the backup to Christa McAuliffe for the ill-fated mission of space
shuttle Challenger. She later trained as a mission specialist for NASA. From
1975-78, Morgan taught remedial reading and math and second grade at
McCall-Donnelly Elementary School. After a year in Ecuador, she taught
second, third, and fourth grades at McCall-Donnelly from 1979-98.
The Boise State University admission deadline for the fall semester is
June 30. Admission materials must be submitted if degree-seeking students
plan to take more than seven credits or apply for federal financial aid.
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