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Elizabeth Yomantas Faculty Profile

Elizabeth Yomantas

Assistant Professor of Teaching
Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College
PLC 123


Elizabeth Yomantas is an assistant professor of teaching in the Teacher Preparation Program at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Her research interests include indigenous Fijian education and epistemology, culturally responsive service learning and curricula, critical allyship, and core reflection in teacher education.


  • PhD, Education, Chapman University, 2018
  • MA, American Studies, Pepperdine University, 2013
  • BA, English, Pepperdine University, 2011
  • Credentials Held: California Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in English, Pepperdine University, 2012


  • Yomantas, E. (in press). Experiential education as a precursor to culturally responsive teaching. In L. Baecher (Ed.), Study Abroad in Teacher Education: Transformative Learning at the Global Scale. Routledge.
  • Yomantas, E. (in press). Narratives of hidden curriculum in Fiji. In S. Bonnerjee (Ed)., Subaltern Women’s Narratives Strident Voices, Dissenting Bodies. Routledge.
  • Yomantas, E. (in press). Respecting, embracing, and honoring cultural practices through collective storytelling. Prompt: A Journal of Academic Writing Assignments.
  • Yomantas, E. & Rosenthal, S. (2020). Hope as the catalyst to thrive in the profession. In T. Rodriguez, H. Hallman, K. Pastore-Capuana (Eds)., Invested Stayers: How Teachers Thrive in Challenging Times, Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Yomantas, E. (2020). Social justice experiential education in rural Fiji. In C. Clausen & S. Logan (Eds)., Handbook of research on integrating social justice education in teacher preparation programs (pp. 125-143). IGI Global.
  • Yomantas, E. (2020). Decolonizing knowledge and fostering critical allyship. In L. Parson and C. Ozaki (Eds)., Teaching and learning for social justice and equity in higher education (pp. 303-328). Springer.
  • Yomantas, E. (2020). Empowerment of pre-service teachers through critical praxis. In S. Mawani & A. Mukadam (Eds)., Student empowerment in higher education (pp. 295- 311). Logos Verlag.
  • Yomantas, E. (2020). The magnifiers. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, 10(1), 117-119.
  • Yomantas, E. (2019). Professional development in the digital age. Christian Educators Journal, 58(3), 14-17.
  • 2019: Outstanding Paper Award, American Educational Research Association (AERA) International Studies SIG


  • Member of American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • Member of American Education Research Association (AERA)
  • Member of American Indigenous Research Association Member (AIRA)
  • Member of Association of Christian Educator Preparation Programs (ACEPP)
  • Member of California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE)
  • Member of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education (KDP)
  • Member of Southern California Professional Development Schools (SCPDS) Consortium
  • November 2020: Paper Presentation, Association of Experiential Education, Online, "Unpacking Conceptions of Culturally Responsive Service Learning in an EE Program." 
  • October 2020: Conference Session, Curriculum and Pedagogy Group, Online, "Opening Possibilities through Arts Based Engagement." 
  • October 2020: Conference Session, Artful Inquiry Research Group, Montreal, Québec, Canada (Online), "Opening New Possibilities for Social Change through Creative Vignette Writing."
  • April 2019: Paper Presentation, American Educational Research Association (AERA), Toronto, Canada, "Modeling Skills for Survival: Hidden Curriculum in Rural Fijian Education"
  • March 2019: Panel Presentation, Southern California Professional Development School Consortium, Malibu, CA, "Investing in Equity"
  • December 2018: Presentation, California Induction Conference, Fresno, CA, "Models of Reflection for Beginning Teachers"
  • October 2018: Paper Presentation, American Indigenous Research Association (AIRA), Polson, MT, "Culturally Responsive Decolonized Allyship"
  • July 2018: Presentation, Summer Institute on Leadership for Educational Justice, Redlands, CA, "The Power of Narrative Curricula to Promote Equity through Dialogue"
  • October 2017: Presentation with Stella Erbes, Association of Christian Educator Preparation Programs (ACEPP), Edmond, OK, "Using Technology to Elevate your Teacher Education Course"
  • July 2015: Paper Presentation, Summer Institute on Leadership for Educational Justice, Redlands, CA, "Commonalities in the International Classroom"
  • 2019: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Grant Recipient
  • 2019: Dean's Research Grant Recipient
  • 2018-2020: Academic Year Undergraduate Research Initiative (AYURI) Grant Recipient


  • Culturally Responsive Service Learning & Curricula
  • Indigenous Fijian Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Critical Allyship


  • ENG 380: Young Adult Literature
  • EDUC 461: Instructional Design for Teaching and Learning
  • EDUC 466: Teaching Students with Exceptional Needs
  • EDUC 530: Advanced Teaching Methods
  • EDUC 531: Clinical Experience 3
  • EDUC 592: Culturally Responsive Service Learning