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H. Justin Ballenger

Assistant Professor of STEM Education

H. Justin Ballenger


Curriculum and Instruction for STEM Education Clemson University, Clemson, SC, August 2009-2015
Master of Arts in Teaching, Middle Grade Science and Mathematics Clemson University, Clemson, SC, August 2006
Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences Clemson University, Clemson, SC, May 2004
Associates of Arts, Biblical Studies
North Carolina College of Theology, Carolina Beach, NC, May 2007


Dr. Justin Ballenger is and Assistant Professor of STEM Education in the Tift College of Education.  He has extensive experience with the implementation of programming that supports the academic development of youth from underserved populations.  Dr. Ballenger served as the Development Coordinator for the successful implantation of the Call Me MISTER Program® at Jackson State University in Jackson, MS.  This program works to recruit, train, and place males of color in middle and elementary schools.  Dr. Ballenger also conducted research with the Clemson University Institute for Biological Interfaces of Engineering (IBIOE) to create inquiry-based lesson modules for middle school students.  He has worked with the National Dropout Prevention Center to develop web-based coursework for pre-service teachers who work with underserved populations.  The modules Dr. Ballenger designed are actively being used as training material for pre-service teachers. Dr. Ballenger is a new faculty member in the Tift College of Education.  He is focused on establishing a research agenda related to the academic achievement of underserved populations and pathways for students from underserved backgrounds to pursue STEM careers.


Student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); STEM education in developing countries; Use of technology, gaming, and virtual worlds to teach STEM to K-12 student populations; Development of STEM educators


Ballenger, H.J., McGrane, G., & Duckenfield, M., (2013) Building Authentic Relationships,
Revised Electronic Course, National Drop-out Prevention Center, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Gilmore, J.A., & Ballenger, H.J. (in press) Engaging Middle Grades Students in Bioengineering Modules to Increase STEM Career Choice Indication, Institute for Biological Interfaces of Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC