Associate Professor


Walls, L., (2014). Females of color in science: The play within a play. In M. M. Atwater, M. Russell, & M. Butler (Eds.), Multicultural Science Education: Preparing Teachers for Equity and Social Justice (pp. 41-59). New York: Springer.  [abstract]

Walls, L. (2016). Equitable research: A bridge too far? Cultural Studies in Science Education. (Accepted 27 August 2016, early version published online).

Walls, L. (2015). African American science education in the 21st century: Claiming a seat at the table. In D. Pardlow & M. A. Trent (Eds.), Cultivating visionary leadership by learning for global success: Beyond the Language and Literature Classroom (pp. 89-105). New Castle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Walls, L. (2015). Awakening a dialogue: A critical race theory analysis of U. S. nature of science research from 1967 – 2013. Journal of Research in Science Teaching (Accepted 6 June 2015, early version published online).

Walls, L., Buck, G., & Akerson, V. L. (2013). Race, culture, gender, and nature of science in elementary settings. In J.A. Bianchini, V. L. Akerson, A. Calabrese Barton, O. Lee, & A. J. Rodriguez (Eds,), Moving the equity agenda forward: Vol 5. Cultural Studies of Science Education (pp. 131-151). Netherlands: Springer Publishing.  [abstract]

Walls, L. (2012). Third Grade African American Students' Views of the Nature of Science. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 49 (1), 1-37.  [abstract]

Awards and Recognition

Faculty Resource Network, Scholar-in-Residence New York University from : (2012)

International Network of Teacher Education Institutions, U.S. Delegate Member from UNESCO: (2012)

Jane and Michael Wilson Doctoral Award in Science Education from Purdue University: This award recognizes an outstanding doctoral dissertation. Nominations are handled through the departments. Each department has one winner, and one of them is selected for the College award. A certificate and monetary award is given. (2008)

Bilsland Strategic Initiatives Fellowship from Purdue University: The Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship is a Graduate School fellowship which provides support to an outstanding College of Education Ph.D. candidate in the final year of doctoral degree completion. Applicants must have completed their coursework, passed their qualifying examinations, and have an approved dissertation proposal. (2008)

Associations and Affiliations

American Anthropological Association (AAA), Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)

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Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Multiculturalism
  • Race and racism
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
  • Teacher education


  • Ph.D. in Geoenvironmental Science Education from Purdue University
  • M.A. in Instructional Leadership from Marquette University
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering from St. Mary's University, TX


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Office Location:

Waterman 532

Courses Taught

Laboratory Experience in Inquiry; Laboratory Experience in Literacy; Race and Racism in the U.S.; Science of Sustainability; Teaching Science for Meaning