Project Description

Felicia Moore Mensah, Ph.D. is Associate Dean and Professor of Science Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research addresses issues of diversity and equity in science teacher preparation and professional development, with culturally relevant teaching, multiculturalism, and critical theories guiding her teaching and research. Her focus in science education also investigates teacher identity in science education. Her most recent research agenda utilizes critical race theory as a transformative lens in teacher education research and practice as well as the experiences of Teachers of Color, scientists of color, and students of color.


She serves as the academic advisor to the Black Student Network and provides support to the Student Senate and Students for Quality Education. She has sponsored more than 30 doctoral student dissertations and has served on more than 90 dissertation committees, including inside and outside her program, department, college, and international.


Professor Mensah was awarded the 2005 Dean’s Summer Grant for Research (Teachers College), was one of five awardees of the Equity and Ethics Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) in 2005, and the Race, Culture and Diversity Research Grant (Teachers College) in 2006 and 2015. In addition, she was the recipient of the AERA Early Career Award, Division K, Teaching and Teacher Education in 2012. Most recently, she is the 2017 Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year (ASTE).  Finally, Professor Mensah is Past President of Sisters of the Academy Institute, or SOTA, an organization that supports the success of Black women in the academy.