Jacqueline E. Huntoon

Jacqueline E. Huntoon


  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • PhD, Geology, Pennsylvania State University
  • MS, Geology, University of Utah
  • BS, Geology, University of California, Santa Cruz


Jacqueline Huntoon is a professor in the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences. She is currently on detail and serving as the Director for the Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Previously, she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Michigan Technological University 2015 to 2022 and dean of Michigan Tech’s Graduate School 2005 to 2015.

Huntoon has been recognized nationally for her leadership in education. Prior to her service at NSF in 2022, she served as a member of the Federal STEM Advisory Panel, which provided advice and recommendations to the Federal Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM). She has also served as a member of the MiSTEM Advisory Council, which provides Michigan’s governor, legislature, Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, and Department of Education with advice on promoting STEM innovation and collaboration statewide. She has also served on many committees and boards related to STEM and education, including the Executive Committee of the Council on Academic Affairs of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the Board of the Michigan Science Teachers Association, the Graduate Record Exam Board, the Council of Graduate Schools Board, the Council of the Geological Society of America, and the GEM Consortium Board. In 2016, in recognition of her scholarship in STEM education and the geosciences, Huntoon received the prestigious Charles L. Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal from The Pennsylvania State University. In 2019, Huntoon received the George G. Mallinson Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Science Education from the Michigan Science Teachers Association and was named a Notable Woman in STEM by Crain’s Detroit Business.

Huntoon has received more than three dozen sponsored project awards, many of which supported work to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the middle grades. From 2009 to 2016 she helped lead an NSF-funded Math Science Partnership (MSP) project that improved STEM teaching and learning and enhanced teachers’ leadership skills. For many years she taught a field course that engaged practicing teachers in learning geology in and around the National Parks of the southwestern US. She also led an NSF-funded Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program that worked to develop a cadre of teacher-leaders prepared to implement research-based STEM-education reforms. Finally, she spearheaded a STEM-education effort known as Mi-STAR that produced a new middle-school curriculum and associated professional learning materials developed specifically for with the Michigan Science Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Huntoon earned her PhD in Geology at The Pennsylvania State University. Her first academic appointment was as an Assistant Professor at Michigan Tech. She is a member of a number of STEM-related societies and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.


  • Geoscience
  • Teacher Education
  • Evaluation and Assessment