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Norma J. Neely, Ed.D.
Dr. Norma Neely, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, serves as Director of
the American Indian Institute within the division of Public and Community Services.
She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from University of Texas and
her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Education from Central Missouri State University.
Dr. Neely began her career as an elementary teacher and in 1990 received a Presidential
Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. Prior to coming to OU, Norma served as
Coordinator of “Building a Presence for Science” at the National Science Teachers
Association, Associate Director of the NSF-funded Texas Rural Systemic Initiative,
Science Instructional Facilitator for the Northeast Regional Professional Development
Center at Truman State University, and taught pre-service teachers at Oklahoma State
During the course of her career, she has designed and implemented professional development
experiences for teachers (wrote a grant to take teachers to the Peruvian Amazon
and develop curriculum materials) as well as participated in numerous grants including
an NSF-funded research expedition to Antarctica, a state-funded learning experience
in the Galapagos, and archaeological digs in various locations in the United States
and in Zaire.
Dr. Neely served as Professional Development Director on the board of the National
Science Teachers Association, Education Committee Chair on the Board of SACNAS (Society
for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science), and on numerous
boards and advisory committees including Science Teachers of MO, American Royal
Advisory Committee, MO Governor’s Task Force on Environmental Education, Scholastic’s
Magic School Bus Advisory Council, and EarthScope’s Education and Outreach Committee.
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