Chih-Ing Lim, PhD, is the co-director of the STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education Center (STEMIE), an OSEP-funded national center to build the knowledge on early STEM learning for children especially those with disabilities. She also leads Supporting Change and Reform in Preservice Teaching in North Carolina (SCRIPT-NC), where she works with community college faculty in North Carolina to better prepare early childhood professionals to serve children with disabilities and who are from culturally and ethnically diverse families. She is also currently adjunct assistant professor at the School of Education, UNC-Chapel Hill.
Her research and professional interests are focused on teacher education and professional development, specifically in the content areas of equitable access and participation of children with disabilities in inclusive settings and STEM learning opportunities. Chih-Ing's recently completed projects included co-leading the Inclusion team on the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL) funded by the Administration for Children and Families, as well as the Recommended Practices modules funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). She also continues to support the use of CONNECT modules and CONNECT courses.
Prior to joining FPG, Chih-Ing worked in Singapore as a preschool officer with the Ministry of Education, where she collaborated closely with early childhood teachers and faculty to develop and pilot test the national curriculum for early childhood education. Before focusing on the early years, she was a music and math teacher as well as a school choir conductor in a secondary school in Singapore. During that time, she worked with racially and ethnically diverse children and youths including those with learning disabilities and who were from economically disadvantaged families.