UMA MAHESHWARI GANESAN Ph.D. Program Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning

Brief Biography

Uma Maheshwari Ganesan is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education. She completed her master’s degree in science in 1995 majoring in Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology through Dr. A. L. Mudaliar Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Madras, India. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from University of Madras, India. She earned the overall 2nd Rank in her master’s degree from University of Madras. She had also earned general proficiency and outstanding outgoing student awards during her undergraduate years. She had been awarded with Jawaharlal Nehru Science Talent Award by Government of Tamil Nadu, India. She has also completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, specializing in Human Resource Management from Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning, Pune, India. She authored a book in 1999 titled Human Anatomy and Physiology (Birla Publications, New Delhi) that is widely used and still in press (14th edition). She has worked as a senior teacher, teacher-educator, and senior management executive for 27 years in India, Democratic Republic of Congo, and the USA. She started her teaching career as a lecturer of anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology in pharmacy colleges in India. She has taught high school science and social studies (biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and world history and geography) in three international schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Outside of academia, she has worked as a senior manager of operations, training, and quality for medical transcription companies in India. She has also worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a marketing executive and a product consultant, where she has headed training programs for medical representatives during their induction programs and refresher courses.

Uma is a Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant for the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education. She teaches elementary science methods TEAC 315 (Teaching Science in the Elementary School) and TEAC 330 (Multicultural Education). She is the recipient of Paul & Edith Babson Scholarship and Herbert Brownell Scholarship in Science Education from the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education for three consecutive years. She is the Vice-President of Racial Justice Alliance at UNL. She is also working towards earning her Graduate Certificate for Social Justice and Diversity Education.

Research Interests

Culturally and linguistically responsive science (STEM) teaching; diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice; multiculturalism; teacher education.

Publications & Conference Presentations

Uma Maheshwari, B., & Sampath, K., (2020). Human Anatomy & Physiology (14th ed.). Delhi: Birla Publications Pvt., Ltd. ISBN 81-256-0080-9

Catalano, T., Ganesan, U., Barbici-Wagner, A., Reeves, J., Leonard, A. E., & Wessels, S. (2021). Dance as dialog: A metaphor analysis on the development of interculturality through arts and community-based learning with preservice teachers and a local refugee community. Teaching and Teacher Education104, 103369.

Ganesan, U. (2020). Culturally relevant science teaching: A literature review. The Nebraska Educator, 5, 70-91. doi: 10.32873/unl.dc.ne004

Ganesan, U. (2020). Exploration of Lived Experiences of Science Teachers of English Language Learners: A Transcendental Phenomenological Study. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, United States. 

Ganesan, U. (2020). Culturally relevant science teaching: A literature review.