Jomo Mutegi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Science Education


Résumé/CV on Box

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  • 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

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
  • EDUC-Y 521 Methodological Approaches to Educational Inquiry


  • Mutegi, J. W., Phelps-Moultrie, J. A. & Pitts Bannister, V. R. (in press). The snare of systemic racism and other challenges confronting hip-hop based pedagogy. Teachers College Record, 120(11).
  • Mutegi, J. W., Morton, C. H., & Etienne, L. (in press). Reconceptualizing science education for learners of African descent. In G. M. Prime (Ed.), Centering Race in the STEM Education of African- American K-12 Learners. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Mutegi, J. W. (in press) A critical examination of the influence of systemic racism in shaping the African STEM research workforce. In McGee, E. O. & Robinson, W. H. (Eds.) Injecting Multidisciplinary Perspectives of Race and Gender for Diversification in STEM.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • Pitts Bannister, V. R., Davis, J., Mutegi, J. W., Thompson, L. R., & Lewis, D. D. (2017). "Returning to the root" of the problem: Improving the social condition of African Americans through science and mathematics education. Catalyst: A Social Justice Forum, 7(1), 4-14.
  • Mutegi, J. W. (2013). “Life’s first need is for us to be realistic” and other reasons for examining the sociohistorical construction of race in the science performance of African American students. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 50, 82-103.

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the Chancellor’s Diversity Scholar Award from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Received April 21, 2016
  • 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

Grants & Funding

  • Grant awarded from the National Science Foundation – EHR (Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program) towards project titled: Carver Teaching Initiative - Inspiring the Next Generation of STEM Teaching Professionals through Internships, Recruitment, and Engagement (CTI-INSPIRE). (PI; $1,448,247; August 2017)
  • Grant awarded from the National Science Foundation – DRL (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) towards project titled: Nanotechnology Experiences for Students and Teachers (NEST). (Co-PI; $1,061,245; November 2014)
  • Grant awarded from the National Science Foundation – EEC (Research Experiences for Teachers) towards project titled: Research Experiences for Teacher Advancement in Nanotechnology (RETAIN). (Co-PI; $494,220; November 2013)
  • 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)
  • Grant awarded from the Civic Innovation Lab towards a project titled: Sankor Vanguard. (PI; $30,000; April 2007)
  • Grant awarded from the Fisher Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation towards Junior Science Institute (PI; $60,000; July 1999)

Expert In

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