Jomo Mutegi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Science Education


Résumé/CV on Box

ES 3132


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Instruction and Learning, 1996-1998
  • Ph.D., Florida State University, Science Education, 1997
  • B.S., Gannon University, Major: Chemistry, Minor: Biology, 1992


My research agenda, which addresses the underrepresentation of African Americans in science and science-related careers, consists of three lines of scholarship. In the first I explore students science knowledge as a factor that influences career decisions. In the second line of scholarship I explore racism in student teacher interactions to determine the degree to which race bias inhibits African Americans from pursuing science and science-related careers. The third and most central line of scholarship is educational praxis. Herein I work to use science education as a tool for improving the African American community.

Courses Taught

  • EDUC-T 550 Identity and Education in the Urban Context
  • EDUC-Q 200 Introduction to Scientific Inquiry
  • EDUC-E 328 Science in the Elementary School
  • EDUC-J 500 Curriculum in the Context of Instruction

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the Alvin S. Bynum Mentor Award from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Received April 25, 2014.
  • Recipient of the Outstanding Junior Scholar Award from the Brothers of the Academy Institute. Received October 4, 2003.
  • Recipient of University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1996-1998.

Grants & Funding

  • 2012. Grant awarded from the Indiana Department of Education - Math/Science Partnership towards a project titled: From Standards to STEM: Integrating Science and Math in the Classroom. (University Collaborator; $448,521.69; November 2012).
  • 2009. Grant awarded from the Indiana University, School of Education - Proffitt Internal Grant Competition towards a project titled: Priming for Success: A Field-Based Exploratory Study of a Priming Intervention for Middle Grades African American Mathematics and Science Learners. (Co-PI; $38,000; January 2009).
  • 2007. Grant awarded from the Civic Innovation Lab towards a project titled: Sankoré Vanguard. (PI; $30,000; April 2007).
  • 2003. Grant awarded from the Network Resource Training Sites towards a project titled: Combining math/science content and pedagogy: A course development workshop for the graduate preparation of high school teachers. (Co-PI; $25,000; March 2003).
  • 1999. Grant awarded from the Grable Foundation towards Junior Science Institute (Co-PI; $14,156.47; June 1999).
  • 1999. Grant awarded from the Fisher Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation towards Junior Science Institute (Co-PI; $60,000; July 1999 – August 2001).

Other Activities


  • Curriculum Development
  • Racism and Racial Bias
  • Science Education
  • Worldview Theory

Professional Associations

  • Member of Brothers of the Academy, Inc
  • Reviewer for Journal of Research in Science Teaching
  • Member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Member of National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST)