Assistant Professor
Department of Teaching & Learning

Demetrice Smith-Mutegi

3103 Education Bldg
Norfolk, 223529

Demetrice Smith-Mutegi is an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She teaches K-12 foundation courses and secondary science and math methods to preservice teachers. Before entering higher education, she served in North Carolina, Maryland, and Indiana public schools as a STEM educator.
Demetrice's current research interest lies in investigating the motivations, beliefs, and experiences of Black students in STEM, as well as factors that influence Black STEM teachers' career decisions. She has also collaborated actively with researchers in other fields to study how informal STEM learning experiences affect Black girls. Demetrice has completed studies in science education at Morgan StateUniversity (Ed.D.) and East Carolina University (M.A.T. ), as well as an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Enderson, M., Ferguson, S. C., Smith-Mutegi, D. and Steel, C. "ODU-GEMS: Growing Educators of Mathematics & Science " $1,200,000. Federal. October 2022 -
Smith-Mutegi, D. "Exploring the Lived Experiences of Black Science Teachers New to the Profession: Persistence in a “Hard-to-Fill” Role " $6,900. Old Dominion University. May 2022 - July 2022


Science Education
K-12 Science Education
Teacher Education and Professional Development
Informal Learning Environments
STEM Education
Culturally Relevant Pedagogy


Morton, C. and Smith-Mutegi, D. (2022). Making “it” matter: developing African-American girls and young women’s mathematics and science identities through informal STEM learning. Cultural Studies of Science Education.
Mutegi, J., Smith-Mutegi, D. and Lewis, N. (2022). Fostering Critical Perspectives of Science among Preservice Elementary Teachers: An Empirical Identification of Affordances and Hindrances. Journal of Science Teacher Education.
Smith-Mutegi, D. (2021). The Role of Prior Experiences in Black Science Pre-Service Teacher Career Decisions. Emerging Voices in Education 2 (2).


Smith-Mutegi, D. (January , 2022). Black Novice and Pre-Service Teachers on Choosing Science Teaching Paper Association of Science Teacher Educators Virtual.