Tatiane Russo-Tait

Tatiane  Russo-Tait

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education

M.S. in Stem Cell Biology, San Francisco State University, 2011
B.A. in Biology with Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, 2008

Email: tatiane@utexas.edu

Tati is a Ph.D. Candidate in STEM Education. She has engaged in multiple interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects employing various methodological approaches to examine different facets of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice issues in STEM education. Her research primarily involves two strands: exploring the experiences and perspectives of students from minoritized backgrounds in STEM learning environments, and examining the role of STEM educators’ beliefs and practices in promoting racial and gender equity. Her dissertation work explores how college STEM faculty conceptualize equity, make sense of race and gender inequality in STEM education, and whether and how these understandings are related to their instructional practices and attitudes about how to best support students.

Before coming to UT, she was a program director at the Center for Science and Math Education and instructional faculty in the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University. She taught undergraduate courses in biology and health equity, co-developed biology and social justice curricula, and led professional development workshops on student-centered teaching practices and equity issues in STEM. Her work with underrepresented, racially minoritized students in STEM motivated her to pursue scholarship in the field so that she can contribute to the larger body of knowledge and national conversation on using asset-based and justice-centered approaches to best support STEM students and prepare STEM educators.

She was recently awarded the 2021 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award by the Association of American Colleges & Universities, and the UT Graduate Continuing Dissertation Fellowship. Her work has appeared in PNAS, Sex Roles, CBE-Life Sciences Education, and Stem Cells and Development.