Interim Director of EPI*STEM
Dr. Geraldine Mooney Simmie is a Senior Lecturer in Education and newly appointed as the Director (Acting) of EPI*STEM, the National Centre for STEM Education at the University of Limerick. Geraldine’s research interest is in emancipatory teaching and research, the policy and politics of teaching and teacher learning. Higher education in the service of the greater good of humanity and the intersection between education and democracy.
Geraldine published a research report on STEAM Education with the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and was the project lead for a European Commission 2.1 initiative with experienced Science and Math teachers, GIMMS, Gender Innovation Mentoring in Math and Science. Geraldine began her career as a science/math teacher in the Jesuit secondary school in Galway, Coláiste Iognáid S.J. where she taught junior cycle science, transition year chemistry and senior cycle physics and math. She was a member of the Transition Year Support Team for ten years, supporting teachers and school leaders across the curriculum, in secondary schools in the west of Ireland from Cork to Donegal. Geraldine graduated from Trinity College Dublin (PhD in Education) and NUIG (MSc, BSc, H.D.E).