South-West Region

Omah Williams-Duncan

University of Houston Clear Lake

Bio/Personal Statement

Omah M. Williams-Duncan earned her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in Multicultural Education and Science Education, from Texas A&M University. She is an Assistant Professor in Teacher Education - STEM Emphasis at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Omah has experience as an elementary curriculum writer for Houston Independent School District and Region 4 Education Service Center, a state education service agency. She taught middle school grades 6 - 8. She has also held an adjunct position at San Jacinto College and was both a research graduate assistant and graduate teaching assistant while pursuing her doctorate. Her research interests include cultivating science literacy in pre-service elementary teachers, engagement and increased representation of under-represented students in STEM, and cross-cultural mentoring between pre- and in-service educators.

Publications, Awards, and Other Highlights

Williams-Duncan, O. (in press). Strategies and tips for teaching nature of science lessons in online settings. In F. Allaire & J. E. Killham (Eds.), Teaching and Learning Online: Science. Williams – Duncan, O. (2021). Untitled. [Review of the book Content Area Reading: Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum by Richard T. Vacca, Jo Anne L. Vacca, and Maryann Mraz]. Curriculum Teaching and Dialogue, 23(1) Williams – Duncan, O. M. (2020). 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. (2020). 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. 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. Williams – Duncan, O. M. (2019, July). Telling stories: The power of relationship building. Kappa Delta Pi Record.