Dr. Marlina Duncan is an Assistant Professor of science education at Fayetteville State University in the department of Middle Grades Secondary and Specialized Subjects. She has over 15 years of classroom and administrative experience in public, charter and postsecondary institutions. She holds a Bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Westfield State University in Westfield, MA and a doctorate in science education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Prior to her position at Fayetteville State University, Dr. Duncan was the director of the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and was a principal and education director at a charter school in Springfield, MA. She has served as an educational consultant for the Urban League of Springfield, MA Project Ready STEM program and Westfield State University's Urban Education program. In addition to education courses, she has taught Biology and Critical Thinking courses at the college level. Dr. Duncan's areas of research include best practices to recruit and retain science teachers in urban districts, the effects of culture on teacher disposition, and increasing STEM retention and achievement for underrepresented students.