Nancy Butler Songer
Distinguished University Professor


  • Assessment
  • Math
  • STEM education
  • Science

Nancy Butler Songer is a distinguished university professor in education at Drexel University. She serves as dean of the School of Education and director of the Center for Essential Science. Songer is an expert in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with particular emphasis on STEM in urban schools. Prior to Drexel, Songer was a professor at the University of Michigan, where she conducted extensive research in conjunction with the Detroit Public Schools. Songer and her team have developed eight curricular units focused on complex thinking in science and eight apps/technology learning tools. Songer has authored or co-authored over 85 research publications and secured over $22 million in research funding. Her work has been recognized with several awards and honors and has had impact with over 85,000 students and teachers. Songer is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Prominent awards include a National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellowship by President Bill Clinton and a U.S. Department of Education Promising Educational Technology Award.