STEM Advisory Board Make-Up

Pursuant to the passage of SF 2331, Section 12, oversight for each Regional STEM Hub Network will be provided by a Regional Advisory Board. Members of the six advisory boards shall be appointed by the Governor. Interested stakeholders must file an application through the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions.   

Iowa Regional Hub Map
The Iowa Regional STEM Hub Network is a system of six geographic areas strategically positioned across Iowa where communities, counties, multi-county regions and the state can achieve improved STEM education, coordination and communication opportunities and advancement. It is expected that current and developing STEM activities will span one or more Iowa STEM Regions. Regions will share information, work together and be interconnected by coordination of resources which can also provide a gateway to other networks and initiatives.

Regional Board members will be appointed by the Governor and serve up to three (3) years in staggered terms. Members must be registered voters in Iowa and reside or work within the Region. Ex officio membership of statewide, national or international representatives is welcome.

  • All applicants will complete a Gubernatorial Application Form provided by the Governor’s office.
  • All applications, whether received by the Governor’s office or the regional STEM hub, will be forwarded to the Governor’s office for consideration.
  • Any person, including regional managers, may forward a recommendation for any applicant to the Governor’s office.
  • Each Regional Advisory Board will have a minimum of 11 and a maximum of 15 members with various expertise and professional qualifications (see list below). At least one representative from each of the lists below should be included on each Regional Advisory Board. Balance in representation across stakeholder groups is required. Individual members may fulfill more than one required representation.
  • When selecting the appointments for positions on the Regional STEM Advisory Boards, the Governor should give strong consideration to reflect diversity in gender, political affiliations, racial/ethnic, disability and other measures of diversity.
  • Members of the Regional STEM Advisory Boards will serve staggered three-year terms and may serve a total of three terms. Terms will begin on July 1 and end on June 30.

Required Advisory Board Representation

  • Area education agency
  • Business/Industry
  • Community college
  • County extension and outreach
  • Economic development/Chamber of commerce
  • Hub institution representative
  • K-12 student/parent
  • Library
  • Nonprofit/informal learning centers
  • Private college/university
  • Public University
  • Local government (e.g., elected official)
  • Regional workforce development
  • School board member
  • STEM teacher

Regional STEM Hub Advisory Board Responsibilities

  1. Convene regularly under the direction of the regional STEM hub manager’s direct supervisor and the manager to guide activities of the Regional STEM Hub Network.
  2. Guide the hub manager in developing, implementing, maintaining and promoting a seamless and collaborative communication system with other Iowa STEM regions for open and continuous sharing and development of resources, opportunities and promising practices, particularly those that span regions.
  3. Aid the hub manager in creating and maintaining a comprehensive catalog and asset map of STEM activities and resources within each region that is shared and promoted.
  4. Help to serve as the “voice” of and for STEM in all meetings and venues within a region, assisting the manager in convening region-wide dialogs to build awareness, interest and shared beliefs in STEM-related activities and opportunities.
  5. Assist the manager in fostering the involvement of businesses and schools in the region to help advance STEM education.
  6. Guide the manager in building an inventory of STEM initiatives in the region and contribute to discussions of regional gaps and needs and explore and develop initiatives to address those needs.
  7. Help the manager fulfill the comprehensive Scope of Work and Action Plans based on data and deliverables.
  8. Guide the manager in reporting two times per year to the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council on activities and progress.
  9. Assist the manager in measuring all STEM initiatives and goals regionally and contribute to a statewide STEM expansion process.
  10. Contribute expertise to the implementation of programs at the community and regional level under guidance from the regional STEM hub and Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.