Megan M. Buning is Assistant Professor of Research in the College of Education at August University. Megan has experience in strategic planning and assessment, and currently teaches masters and doctoral level research method courses with emphasis on quantitative methods. She currently serves as co-primary investigator at AU for the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate initiative and is involved in development and implementation of AU’s first education doctorate. Current research focuses on influences on motivation in college athletes and students, visual training and reading performance, and the influence of state STEM programming on students’ attitudes toward STEM subjects. Prior to faculty life, Megan was a Division I softball coach at Florida State University, Coastal Carolina University, and the University of Mississippi.