Emma M. Owens is Retired Professor Emeritus in the department of Curriculum and Instruction at Clemson University. She taught Mathematics Methods and Curriculum, Elementary Curriculum Development, and provided professional development for pre-service and in-service teachers. While on a two-year leave of absence as a Visiting Scientist to the National Science Foundation, she oversaw all Assessment of Student Learning projects in the Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education Division of the National Science Foundation, and was responsible for proposals, budgets, and continuations for Curriculum Development projects in K-12 mathematics. Dr. Owens has taught mathematics on all educational levels, arithmetic through calculus, statistics, and probability. She was named "Teacher of the Year" by TriCounty Technical College in 1980 1981.
Dr. Owens received her Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction from Clemson University in 1986. She received her Master of Science for Teachers in Mathematics from George Washington University in 1972, and her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Morris College in 1963. Dr. Owens' publications address issues related to student achievement in mathematics, minority students in science and mathematics, alternatives to student tracking and ability grouping, research related to principals' attitudes toward tracking and ability grouping, and their attitudes towards community involvement. Her latest collegial involvement was as developer and implementer of a special project to recruit, train, and certify black males for employment in elementary schools in South Carolina. This is the Call Me Mister project which is a collaborative effort between a research university (Clemson) and four predominately black private colleges (Morris, Benedict, Claflin, Voorhees). She also directs a community-based program that focuses developing positive self-esteem and life directions for teenage girls.
Dr. Owens serves/served on more than a dozen committees at Clemson and in the community and holds membership in many state and national educational and professional organizations. On numerous occasions, she has been guest lecturer, seminar and workshop leader at conferences, colleges, and high schools across the nation.
Dr. Owens was widowed in 2016 after fifty (50) years of marriage. She is the mother of two and the grandmother of four. She enjoys teaching Sunday school and leading Bible Studies, as well as participating in community and other religious activities. Serving on the Board of Trustees for Morris College is a highlight of her life. Many thanks to Dr. Luns C. Richardson for reaching out to me.