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Dr. Tameka Clarke-Douglas

Collegiate Assistant Professor
Tameka Clarke-Douglas
Goodwin Hall
635 Prices Fork Rd
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Teacher Certification (P.Dip) Secondary Mathematics, University of the West Indies, 2018

Ph.D. Engineering Education, Purdue University, 2010

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lehigh University, 2004

B.S. Civil Engineering Morgan State University, 2001

Teaching/Courses Taught

  • ENGE 1215 - Foundations of Engineering

Research Interests

  • Communities of practice among undergraduate engineering students
  • Undergraduate Assistants - resource for undergraduate engineering education
  • Patterns of persistence in undergraduate engineering 

Research Statement

Through my research, I seek to create innovative, effective, targeted interventions in engineering education that seek to improve students’ learning experience in undergraduate engineering. More specifically, based on Wenger's Communities of Practice Theory, I am most interested in investigating the structure and value of communities of practice, within engineering, as a practical solution that fosters engagement, persistence, diversity and inclusion.


Tameka Clarke Douglas is a Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. She also serves as the Coordinator for the Undergraduate Teaching Assistants Training and Support Program in the College of Engineering. 

She holds a PhD in Engineering Education (Purdue University), a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Lehigh University), Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (Morgan State University) and a Teacher Certification/License in Secondary Mathematics (P. Dip Secondary Mathematics), the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. 

Prior to academia, Tameka worked for nine years as a Civil/Structural Design Engineer in the United States. Tameka subsequently served at the University of Technology-Jamaica as an Academic Program Director to the newly proposed, first-of-its-kind in the country, Bachelors of Engineering in Civil Engineering Program. She directed and designed all program offerings within the course of study, while ensuring compliance with accreditation standards. As Program Director in the Civil Engineering Department, she focused mainly on pedagogical research projects, partnering with colleagues in mathematics and engineering departments while lecturing in civil engineering design and analysis courses. 

Tameka is passionate about research that focuses on program, curricular or course interventions that improve students’ learning experience in undergraduate engineering.