Undergraduate/ Tertiary/ Post-Secondary Mathematical Creativity
One of my major interests is on mathematical creativity at the undergraduate/graduate level. I am part of a research group, the Creativity Research Group, that looks at the teaching and learning of mathematical creativity. Currently, we have an National Science Foundation grant that allows us to investigate Calculus 1 teaching, including the creation and implementation of creativity-based tasks. We want to see how valuing creativity can have an impact on students' mathematical identities.
Other Research Interests
My other interests, and what I've published in, are in: proof, students’ and mathematicians’ proving, logic, technology, the effect of technology on middle school students’ mathematical concept development, and inquiry teaching, specifically in proof and proving.
Education and Employment
I was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. I moved slightly east to go to college and received my B.S. in mathematics from Ball State University in 2004. After receiving my B.S., I spent a semester teaching Pre-Calculus at the University of Hawaii and a year teaching Algebra at McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2006 I moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico to start working on my M.S. in Mathematics at New Mexico State University which I completed in 2008. I stayed at NMSU for my doctorate, which I have completed in August of 2012. I was part of a professional development team that concentrates on Calculus TAs at Michigan State University as a post-doctoral fellow. In 2013 I became a tenure-track professor at the University of Oklahoma in the Mathematics Department. Finally, in 2018, I achieved tenure and promotion to Associate Professor.