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Omah Williams-Duncan

Omah M. Williams-Duncan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction with STEM Emphasis,
College of Education

Contact number: 281-283-3547
Email: DuncanO@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1119

Biography

Curriculum Vitae


Areas of Expertise

  • Middle school science teacher preparation and mentoring
  • Multicultural science education
  • Elementary and Middle School Science Curriculum Development


Publications

  • Williams – Duncan, O. M. (in press). Cross-cultural community building: Strategies for improving 
    interactions in diverse educational settings. Multicultural Education Magazine.
  • McDonald, D., Auzenne-Curl, C., Divoll, K., Kiekel, J., Newsum, J., & Williams – Duncan, O. M. (in press).
    Involvement in a professional community yields unexpected skills: Faculty academy members’ stories
    of leadership and learning. In C. J. Craig, L. B. Turchi, and D. McDonald, (Eds.), Cross-disciplinary, cross-
    institutional collaboration in teacher education: Cases of learning while leading. (in press). Palgrave
    Macmillan. 
  • Watson, S., Williams-Duncan, O. M., & Peters, M. L. (2020). School administrators’ awareness of parental
    STEM knowledge, strategies to promote STEM knowledge, and student STEM Preparation. Research in
    Science and Technological Education. Advance online publication.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/02635143.2020.1774747
  • Williams – Duncan, O. M. & Raven, S. (2020). Robots and reading: Trade books and circuit activities enhance
    science literacy and energy education. Science and Children, 57(6), 36-41. https://www.nsta.org/science-and-children/science-and-children-february-2020/robots-and-reading 
  • Williams – Duncan, O. M. (2019, July). Telling stories: The power of relationship building. Kappa Delta Pi
    Record.
  • Williams – Duncan, O. (2018, February 22). Untitled. [Review of the book Teaching Science Online: Practical
    Guidance for Effective Instruction and Lab Work, edited by Dietmar K. Kennepohl]. Teachers College Record. 
    Retrieved from http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentId=22282 

National Practitioner Conferences:

  • Watson, S. K., Williams - Duncan, O. M. & Peters, M. L. (2020, July 27-30). School Administrators’ Awareness of Parental STEM Knowledge, Strategies to Promote STEM Knowledge, and Student STEM Preparation [Conference Session]. Paper presented at the National Science Teachers Association STEM20: Virtual Conference, https://www.nsta.org/stem20-virtual-event
  • Williams - Duncan, O. M. (2019, April). Science is Everywhere! Using an NGSS-Focused Questioning Framework to Identify Science Concepts within Fictional Texts [Conference Session]. Workshop and paper presented at the National Science Teachers Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Williams - Duncan, O. M. (2018, March). Linking Fictional Stories to 5E Lessons [Conference Session]. Workshop presented during the National Middle Level Science Teacher Association’s Share-a-thon event during the annual National Science Teachers Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Swaroop, K., Williams - Duncan, O. M., & Fang, J. (2015, October). Engineer your Engineering Workshop [Conference Session]. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Women Engineers, Nashville, TN.

State/Regional Practitioner Conferences

  • Williams - Duncan, O. M. (2019, November). Coffee Can Science for Fact First Questioning [Conference Session]. Workshop presented at the annual Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching, Dallas, TX.
  • Williams - Duncan, O. M., Ortiz, L., & Mears, T. (2018, November). Implementing Robots in the Elementary Classroom. Workshop presented at the annual Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching, Fort Worth, TX.
  • Williams - Duncan, O. M. (2018, November). STEM Camp: New Perspectives on Training for the First Days of School. Workshop presented at the annual Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching, Fort Worth, TX.
  • Williams - Duncan, O. M., Martinez, N., & Arteaga, B. (2018, November). STEM Camp: Experiential Professional Development for New Teachers and Aspiring Administrators. Workshop presented at the annual Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching, Fort Worth, TX.
  • Williams - Duncan, O. M., Arteaga, B., Garza, C., Perales, D., & Valdez, A. K. (2018, March). Spring Board into STEM with Fictional Texts. Workshop presented at the annual University of Houston Clear Lake Greater Houston Area STEM Conference, Houston, TX.
  • Williams - Duncan, O. M. (2017, November). Preparation Resources for the Core Subjects EC – 6 TExES Certification Exam for Science. Workshop presented at the annual Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching, Houston, TX.
  • Williams - Duncan, O. M., Graf, J. C., Harris, D. B., Lowry, A. M., & Molen, A. (2017, January). Applying STEM Instructional Models within a NAIC PBL called Thirsty Walls. Presentation at the annual Texas STEM Conference, Dallas, TX.


Research Projects

  • K-12 student engagement and increased interest in STEM
  • Cross-cultural teacher mentoring 
  • Multicultural Science Education
  • Science Teacher Preparation