University at Buffalo

Noemi Waight

Noemi Waight

Associate Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

Curriculum and Instruction; Access and Equity; Assessment; Cognition; Digital Innovations; Digital Media and Learning; Curriculum and Instruction; Diversity; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Global Issues; Science Education; Leadership; Learning Design; Race, Inequality, and Education; Problem Based Learning; Qualitative Research Methods; Urban Education

Contact Information
505 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-2455

Professional Summary:

Noemi Waight is an Associate Professor of Science Education in the Department of Learning and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Waight earned her PhD in Science Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Waight’s research examines the design, development, implementation, adoption, and enactment of technological tools (e.g., computer-based models, bioinformatics tools, databases) in the context of central, reform-based, K-12 science teaching approaches. Two complimentary perspectives guide this research: First, she examines the enactment of technological tools by documenting the full cycle from design and development to actual implementation in science classrooms. Second, to fully understand the implications of the above cycle, her research seeks to elucidate the theoretical underpinnings of the Nature of Technology (NoT) as it pertains to K-12 science education, and empirically examine the factors, conditions, and agencies that impact and mediate enactment of technology in science education. More recently, Dr. Waight’s work has evolved to examine the role of school leadership and STEM implementation in high needs schools locally and internationally. Finally, she is also examining how Computer Science can be used as a tool to facilitate scientific understanding for young women at the high school level.

Dr. Waight has served as Co-PI of a National Science Foundation grant: Connected Chemistry as Formative Assessment. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for Journal of Research in Science Teaching and has served as proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation. In addition to her research projects in the US context, Dr. Waight has embarked on collaborative research in Belize and Japan.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Curriculum & Instruction (Science Education) (2008)
  • MSc, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Curriculum & Instruction (Science Education) (2004)
  • BSc, University of Belize, Biology (1998)
Awards and Honors:
  • Award; Graduate School of Education; 2021-05-07;
  • Elected to NARST Board of Directors; NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning Through Research; 2019-04-01;
  • STARS Service Award; GSE; 2018-05-04;
  • Faculty In Residence 2018; GSE; 2018-01-30;
Recent Publications:
Journal Special Issue:
  • Neumann, K. & Waight, N. (2020). The digitization of science education: Déjà all over again? Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 57, 1519-1528.
  • Waight, N. & Neumann, K. (2020). 21st century science education digital ecologies: Technology, technique, shoelaces, promise and pitfalls? Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 57, 1313-1321.
Book Chapter:
  • Chisolm, L., Waight, N. & Jacobson, S. (2019). School leadership for social justice and STEM: Findings from a high need secondary school in Belize. In E. Murakami, D. Gurr & R. Notman, (Eds.), Leadership, Culture and School Success in High-Need Schools. Information Age Publishing.
  • Moore-Russo, D. & Waight, N. (2019). Mathematics, Science and Technology Reform in Teacher Education: Implications for Teaching Practice. In P. M. Jenlink & K. E. Jenlink (Eds.), The Next Generation of STEM Teachers: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Meet the Needs of the Future. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield
Book Review:
  • Waight, N. (2019). How Understandings of the Nature of Technology Explain Change and Constancy of Technology Implementation and Adoption (The Flight of a Butterfly or the Path of a Bullet? Using Technology to Transform Teaching and Learning). Science Education, 103, 1309-1313.
Recent Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • Affirming Science Learning Experiences of Minoritized High School Students: Tenets of Robust Classroom-based Research. GSA Research Talk Friday;
  • Tripp, J. & Waight, N. (2021, April). Defining the future and standing apart: Opportunity structures at an Urban, Inclusive stem-focused high school. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.;
  • Waight, N. & Tripp, J. (2021). Affirming Science Experiences in a STEM-Focused Urban High School. National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Engage: Spring21;
  • Waight, N., Furuya, K., & Whitford, M. (2019, August). US and Japanese Science Teachers Definition and Enactment of Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning Practices. Paper presented at the bi-annual meeting of the European Science Education Research Association Conference, Bologna, Italy.;
  • Waight, N., Tripp, J., & Chisolm, L. (2019, August). Affirming Teaching and Learning Science Experiences for Racial, Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Students in a STEM-Inclusive High School. Paper presented at the bi-annual meeting of the European Science Education Research Association Conference, Bologna, Italy.;
Recent Grants:
  • An examination of school leadership, social justice and science and environmental education curricula development at Ocean Academy in Caye Caulker, Belize; Local; Faculty Internationalization Fund; Awarded; (03/01/2015-06/30/2015)
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Science Teacher Education
  • Proposal Reviewer for Israel Science Foundation (ISF)
Professional Service:
  • Board Member, Williamsville Teacher Center Policy Board
  • NARST Executive Board Member, NARST Award Board Liaison, National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), 2019-2022
  • Guest Editor, Science Teaching, Learning and Assessment with 21st Century, Cutting Edge Digital Ecologies, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2020
Recent Editorships:
  • Guest Editor; Journal of Research in Science Teaching
  • Guest Editor; Special Issue: "Science Teaching, Learning, Assessment with 21st Century, Cutting-edge Digital Ecologies" Journal of Research in Science Teaching

Contact Information

505 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-2455