Recent Mathematics Education Graduates
Ph.D. Graduates  
Chantel Blackburn  
Degree:  December 2014  
Dissertation:  "Mathematics According to Whom? Two Elementary Teachers and Their Encounters with the Mathematical Horizon"  
Advisors:  Rebecca McGraw and Marcy Wood  
Employer:  Pacific Union College  
Position:  Assistant Professor  
Priya Prasad  
Degree:  August 2014  
Dissertation:  "Connection, Motivation, & Alignment: Exploring the Effects of ContentBased Mathematics Professional Development"  
Advisor:  Rebecca McGraw  
Employer:  University of Texas  San Antonio  
Position:  Assistant Professor  
Matt Thomas  
Degree:  August 2013  
Dissertation:  "Analyzing Conceptual Gains in Introductory Calculus with InteractivelyEngaged Teaching Styles"  
Advisor:  Guadalupe Lozano  
Employer:  Ithaca College, Department of Mathematics  
Position:  Assistant Professor  
Joshua Chesler  
Degree:  August 2009  
Dissertation:  "Interacting with Algebra: Mathematicians, Mathematics Educators, and Teachers Making Sense of Algebra Content"  
Advisor:  Rebecca McGraw  
Employer:  California State University, Long Beach  
Position:  Associate Professor  
Anthony Fernandes  
Degree:  August 2007  
Dissertation:  "A Partnership between a Middle School Teacher and a Novice Mathematics Educator Centered around the Content"  
Advisor:  Peter Wiles  
Employer:  University of North Carolina at Charlotte  
Position:  Associate Professor  
Jason Belnap  
Degree:  May 2005  
Dissertation:  "Putting TAs into Context: Understanding the Graduate Mathematics TA"  
Advisor:  Marta Civil  
Employer:  University of Wisconsin  Oshkosh  
Position:  Assistant Professor  
Katrina PiatekJimenez  
Degree:  August 2004  
Dissertation:  "Undergraduate Mathematics Stuents' Understanding of Mathematical Statements and Proofs"  
Advisor:  Marta Civil  
Employer:  Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan  
Position:  Professor  
Jennifer ChristianSmith  
Degree:  May 2002  
Dissertation:  "An Investigation of Undergraduates' Understanding of Congruence of Integers."  
Advisor:  Marta Civil  
Employer:  St. Edward's University  
Position:  Adjunct Faculty  
Scott Sakamoto  
Degree:  May 1999  
Dissertation:  "The Cranmer Abacus: Its Use in Teaching Mathematics to Students with Visual Impairments."  
Advisor:  Steve Willoughby  
Employer:  
Position:  
Edward Alexander  
Degree:  May 1997  
Dissertation:  "An Investigation of the Results of a Change in Calculus Instruction at The University of Arizona."  
Advisor:  Steve Willoughby  
Employer:  Retired  
Position:  
 
M.A/M.S Graduates  
Jacob Tracy  
Degree:  MS, May 2011  
Thesis:  "What makes for Successful Online and Hybrid Mathematics Classes?"  
Advisor:  Robert Indik  


Sadie Bell  
Degree:  MA, December 2010  
Thesis:  "Analysis of Tutor/Student Interactions: The Aprenda Experience."  
Advisor:  Rebecca McGraw  
Gabriela Dumitrascu  
Degree:  MS, May 2009  
Thesis:  "Mathematical and Didactical Analysis of the Concept of Function in American, French, and Romanian Algebra Textbooks."  
Advisor:  William McCallum  
Makyla Hays  
Degree:  MA, August 2008  
Thesis:  "An Investigation of College Algebra Students' Understanding of Fractions."  
Advisor:  Rebecca McGraw  
Jennifer Leahy  
Degree:  MS, May 2008  
Thesis:  "Mathematical identity of students enrolled in an accelerated mathematics and connected mathematics class."  
Advisor:  Marta Civil  


Wieke de Boer  
Degree:  MS, August 2007  
Thesis:  "The role of definitions in mathematics."  
Advisor:  Rebecca McGraw  


Donna Harris  
Degree:  MS, December 2006  
Thesis:  "The Role of General Education Mathematics Courses in Fulfilling the Goals of the University."  
Advisor:  Rebecca McGraw  
Michael Heerey  
Degree:  MA, December 2004  
Thesis:  "Developing Logical Skills Using Mathematical Games: A Study of High School Students."  
Advisor:  Fred Stevenson  
Julio MelendezMorales  
Degree:  MS, May 2002  
Thesis:  "A study on validation of mathematical proof with parents as adult learners."  
Advisor:  Marta Civil  
Employer:  Gulliver Preparatory, Miami, FL  
Position:  High School Mathematics Teacher  


Debra Wood  
Degree:  MA, May 2002  
Thesis:  "The Impact of Reform Calculus at the University of Arizona."  
Advisor:  Deborah Hughes Hallet  
Employer:  The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona  
Position:  Adjunct Instructor  
 
Rebecca Hailey  
Degree:  MA, May 2001  
Thesis:  "Projects in the Clasroom: Helpful or Extra Work."  
Advisor:  Marta Civil  
Laura Kondek  
Degree:  MA, August 2000  
Thesis:  "The Effects of Using Mathematical Games on Students' Logical Thinking."  
Advisor:  Marta Civil  
Employer:  University of Michigan  Flint  
Position:  Assistant Professor  
 
Rebecca Lamkin  
Degree:  MS, May 2000  
Thesis:  "The Effective Use of Graphing Calculators as ProblemSolving Devices."  
Advisor:  Marta Civil  
Employer:  Raytheon 