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 26 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 has completed coursework to earn a Graduate Certificate in Social Justice and Diversity Education in Spring 2022. She teaches two sections of the elementary science methods course, TEAC 315 (Teaching Science in the Elementary School) in Spring 2022. She has also taught TEAC 330 (Multicultural Education) in Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Fall 2021. Uma was awarded an “Honorable Mention” at the 2021 Student Luminary Awards Ceremony in recognition of her accomplishments at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 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 a journal reviewer for two consecutive years for The Nebraska Educator. Uma is an active member in the TLTE Elementary Education STEM Block Team (Instructor and Applications Reviewer), CEHS AFIRE (Education Team Member), Racial Justice Alliance (Current Vice-President), Racial Literacy Roundtables (Facilitator), Teacher Scholars Academy (Evaluator and Interviewer), and Foundations Courses Team (Instructor). She served in the Morrill Hall Search Committee and the Interview Panel for selecting the Education Program Coordinator for the Education Department (Focus on Science Education) at Morrill Hall Museum in Fall 2021. She is an active member of professional organizations, such as NSTA, NAME, and NETA.

Curriculum Vitae

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 Education, 104, 103369.

Ganesan, U. (2020). Exploration of Lived Experiences of Science Teachers of English Language Learners: A Transcendental Phenomenological Study. The Nebraska Educator, Volume 6 (October 2021), pp 42-79. doi: 10.32873/unl.dc.ne022.

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.

Conferences & Presentations

“Creative inquiry and community engagement: Bringing refugees and preservice teachers together through arts-based interventions.” Presented in absentia with Dr. Theresa Catalano, Dr. Jenelle Reeves, Dr. Alison Leonard, Dr. Stephanie Wessels, and Alessia Barbici-Wagner at the 19th AILA (Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée) World Congress, Gröningen, Netherlands, August 2021 Online Conference (

“Developing Intercultural Competence in Multilingual Science Classrooms.” Presented at the “2022 International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence” organized by Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL), University of Arizona, January 2022 (

“Embracing Complexity.” Presenter and panelist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln online “Racial Literacy Roundtables” in Fall 2021.

Presented at the International Education Week (organized by UNL) with members of Racial Justice Alliance in Fall 2021 on the topic of “Expanding Minds: Perspectives from international UNL students.”