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Center for Mathematics Education (CFME)

2021-2022 Colloquia Series

The Center for Math Education hosts a monthly colloquia series to bring the best mathematics education researchers from across the nation to nurture our research interests, enrich our projects, and expand our perspectives. This year all the sessions will be virtual. Graduate students and faculty are invited to join the presentations and discussion. Informal conversations that expand the learning from the presentation always follow. 

Previous Colloquia Series


February 25, 2022

Dr. Nathan Alexander, Morehouse College


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Nathan Alexander, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Data Science in the Division of Mathematics and Computational Sciences at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. At Morehouse, he directs the Quantitative Histories Workshop, an interdisciplinary teaching and learning lab for students, faculty, and community members in the Atlanta University Center (AUC). His current work examines the role of culture and history in the development of critical pedagogies for undergraduate mathematics and statistics. He completed his PhD in mathematics and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, a masters degree in teaching mathematics at New York University, and he double majored in mathematics and sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Alexander can be reached at nathan.alexander@morehouse.edu, on Twitter @professornaite, or at professornaite.com.

March 18, 2022

Dr. Julie Amador, University of Idaho


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Dr. Julie Amador is an associate professor of elementary/middle school mathematics education, in the College of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Her research focuses on the design and enactment of mathematics lessons with an emphasis on student thinking and reasoning as related to professional noticing. She is specifically interested in how practicing and pre-service teachers construct models of student mathematical thinking based on professional noticing and engage in Lesson Study. From her faculty profile online

April 8, 2022

Dr. Christopher Jett, University of Georgia


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Dr. Christopher C. Jett is Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Computing and Mathematics at the University of West Georgia. His research examines African American male students’ mathematical and racialized experiences. He received an NSF CAREER award, the 2019 Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Early Career Award, and a 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). His scholarship has been published in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Investigations in Mathematics Learning, and the Journal of Higher Education. Additionally, he is co-editor of Critical Race Theory in Mathematics Education (Routledge, 2019). From his online profile

April 15, 2022

Dr. Elizabeth van Es, University of California-Irvine


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Dr. van Es is interested in teacher thinking and learning and the design of pre-service teacher education and professional development. Her research is primarily concerned with how to support teachers' developing their noticing practices for ambitious and responsive instructional practice. Much of her work uses video to help teachers develop a vision of ambitious instructional practice and to learn to attend to student thinking during instruction. She has recently expanded her research to examine teachers' noticing for equity, focusing on how teachers' commitments to equity inform their noticing and instructional practice. She is launching a new study with the support from the National Science Foundation to develop a model of professional development that brings together secondary mathematics teachers, youth, and community leaders to advance teachers' noticing for equity in teaching. In addition, building on her research on pre-service teacher education, she received funding from the University of California Office of the President with colleagues at various University of California campuses to develop a data base that will study the influence of pre-service teacher preparation on beginning teaching practice. This study will take an improvement science approach to develop measures for assessing pre-service teacher effectiveness. From her online profile

April 29, 2022

Dr. Niral Shah, University of Washington


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Niral Shah is an associate professor of the Learning Sciences & Human Development, and is director of the Race, Theory, & Design Lab. His research concerns how people learn racism and anti-racism. Shah’s prior work has focused on race and racism in STEM education, specifically how racial narratives about STEM ability affect students’ identities and participation in classrooms. He is also a co-developer of the EQUIP classroom observation tool (https://www.equip.ninja/), which supports teachers and educational leaders to identify and mitigate implicit bias in classrooms.

May 6, 2022

Dr. Jonee Wilson, North Carolina University

Dr. Jonee Wilson, a former high school mathematics teacher for Baltimore County Public Schools, is an assistant professor of mathematics education in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences at North Carolina State University. Dr. Wilson earned her PhD in Mathematics Education at Vanderbilt University. Upon completing her PhD, she secured funding from NSF for a post-doctoral position to support her in developing the Equity and Access Rubrics for Mathematics Instruction, which is a set of rubrics designed to assess the extent to which teachers are implementing practices that support increased participation and achievement particularly among African American students. From her profile online.