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Graduates

The following MSED graduates successfully defended their theses as described:

Spencer Bagley (Graduated 2014)

Thesis Title: "Improving Student Success in Calculus:
A Comparison of Four College Calculus Classes"

Spencer Bagley is an Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.
 

Spencer Bagley at graduation in 2014

Jess Ellis (Graduated 2014)

Thesis Title: "Preparing Future College Instructors: The Role of Graduate Student Teaching Assistants (GTAs) in Successful College Calculus Programs"

Jess Ellis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Colorado State University, Fort Collins.
 

Jess Ellis at gradulation in 2014

Jaime Diamond (jaimediamondmath@yahoo.com, Graduated 2013)

Thesis Title: "Teachers' Beliefs Regarding the Generalization of Students' Learning and How to Support the Generalization of Students' Learning"

Jaime Diamond is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Georgia, Athens.
 

Jaime Diamond

Dov Zazkis (zazkis@gmail.com, Graduated 2013)

Thesis Title: "Calculus Students' Representation Use in Group-Work and Individual Settings"

Dov Zazkis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Arizona State University, Phoenix.
 

Dov Zazkis

Michael Smith (msmith25@gmail.com, Graduated 2012)

Thesis Title: "Methods of Mathematical Struggle"

Michael Smith is a Curriculum Developer, Chief Financial Officer and Cofounder of The Center for Applied Rationality in Berkeley, California.
 

Michael Smith

Michelle Nolasco (mnolasco@ucsd.edu, Graduated 2012)

Thesis Title: "Reciprocal Engagement between a Scientist and Visual Displays"

Michelle Nolasco is a Technical Science Writer at Illumina, San Diego.
 

Michelle Nolasco

George Sweeney (georgefsweeney@gmail.com, Graduated 2012)

Thesis Title: "Understanding Vectors and Vector Equations in a Classroom Community of Practice"

George Sweeney is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics Department, Coordinator of the Math Center, and Student Equity Coordinator at Santa Ana College in Santa Ana, California.
 

George Sweeney

John Zig Siegfried (ziggafoss@hotmail.com, Graduated 2012)

Thesis Title: "The Missing Strand of Mathematical Content Knowledge: Defining and Assessing for Productive Disposition in Elementary School Teachers"

John Siegfried is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
 

John Zig Siegfried

Ian Whitacre (ianwhitacre@yahoo.com, Graduated 2012)

Thesis Title: "Investigating Number Sense Development in a Mathematics Content Course for Prospective Elementary Teachers"

Ian Whitacre is an Assistant Professor in Elementary Mathematics Education in the School of Teacher Education at Florida State University, Tallahassee.
 

Ian Whitacre

Jen Lineback (JenLineback@pointloma.edu, Graduated 2012)

Thesis Title: "Mrs. Miller's Evolution in Teaching Science as Inquiry: A Case Study of a Teacher's Change in Responsiveness"

Jen Lineback is an Associate Professor in the School of Education /Department of Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego.
 

Jen Lineback

Corinne Lardy (corinne_lardy@yahoo.com, Graduated 2011)

Thesis Title: "Personal Science Teaching Efficacy and the Beliefs and Practices of Elementary Teachers Related to Science Instruction"

Corinne Lardy is a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Biology at the California State University, East Bay in Hayward.
 

Corinne Lardy

Megan Wawro (megan.wawro@gmail.com, Graduated 2011)

Thesis Title: "Individual and Collective Analysis of the Genesis of Student Reasoning regarding the Invertible Matrix Theorem in Linear Algebra"

Megan Wawro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg.
 

Megan Wawro

Charles Hohensee (charleshohensee@gmail.com, Graduated 2011)

Thesis Title: "Backward Transfer: How Prior Knowledge Changes As One Builds Upon It"

Charles Hohensee is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of Delaware, Newark.
 

Charles Hohensee

Osvaldo Soto (osoto@ucsd.edu, Graduated 2010)

Thesis Title: "Teacher Change in the Context of a Proof-Centered Professional Development"

Osvaldo Soto is an Academic Coordinator for the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment and Teaching Excellent (CREATE) at UCSD and a Mathematics Teacher at Patrick Henry High School, San Diego.
 

Osvaldo Soto

Cassondra Brown (cas_brown97@yahoo.com, Graduated 2009)

Thesis Title: "Perspectives on Instructor Modeling in Mathematics Teacher Education"

Cassondra Brown is a Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at SDSU and an Instructor in the Mathematics Department at Mira Costa College, San Diego.
 

Anne Duffy

Rebekka Darner(rdarner@ufl.edu, Graduated 2007)

Thesis Title: "The Use of Self-Determination Theory to Foster Environmental Motivation in an Environmental Biology Course"

Rebekka Darner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Illinois State University, Normal.
 

Rebekka Darner and child

Anne Duffy (aduffy@HighTechHigh.org, Graduated 2006)

Thesis Title: "Students' ways of understanding aromaticity and electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions"

Anne Duffy is currently teaching at High Tech High in San Diego.

Anne Duffy

Kien Lim (kienlim@utep.edu, Graduated 2006)

Thesis Title: "Students' mental acts of anticipating in solving problems involving algebraic inequalities and equations"

Kien Lim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Texas, El Paso.
 

Kien Lim

April Maskiewicz (AprilMaskiewicz@pointloma.edu, Graduated 2006)

Thesis Title: "Rethinking biology instruction: The application of DNR-based instruction to the learning and teaching of biology"

April Maskiewicz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Director of the University Now Program at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego.
 

Aprim Maskiewicz and family

Eva Thanheiser (evat@pdx.edu, Graduated 2005)

Thesis Title: ""

Eva Thanheiser is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Portland State University.
 

Eve Thanheiser

Amy Ellis (Graduated 2004)

Thesis Title: "Relationships Between Generalizing and Justifying: Students’ Reasoning with Linear Functions"

Amy Ellis is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

 

Amy Ellis at graduation

Dianne Anderson (DianneAnderson@pointloma.edu, Graduated 2003)

Thesis Title: "Natural Selection Theory in Non-Majors' Biology: Instruction, Assessment and Conceptual Difficulty"

Dianne Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Director of the Master’s Program in Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego.
 

Dianne Anderson

Stacy Brown (Stacy_Brown@pitzer.edu, Graduated 2003)

Thesis Title: "The evolution of students' understanding of mathematical induction: A teaching experiment"

Stacy Brown is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Cal Poly, Pomona.

Stacy Brown

Cody Sandifer (csandifer@towson.edu, Graduated 2001)

Thesis Title: "Factors Influencing Middle School Students' Sense-Making Discussions in their Small-Group Investigations of Force and Motion"

Cody Sandifer is a Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences at Towson University in Maryland.
 

Cody Sandifer

Susan Nickerson (snickers@sunstroke.sdsu.edu, Graduated 2001, pictured with Professor Janet Bowers)

Thesis Title: "Supporting students' understanding of algebra: Symbolizing in a technology-enhanced classroom"

Susan Nickerson is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at San Diego State University.
 

Susan Nickerson with Janet Bowers

Valerie Otero (Valerie.Otero@Colorado.edu, Graduated 2001)

Thesis Title: "The Process of Learning about Static Electricity and the Role of the Computer Simulator"

Valerie Otero is a Professor of Science Education in the School of Education at Colorado State University, Boulder.
 

Valerie Otero

Daniel Siebert (dsiebert@mathed.byu.edu, Graduated 2000, shown with graduate Cody Sandifer)

Thesis Title: "Coherent, dynamic accounts of prospective secondary mathematics teachers' knowledge of and beliefs about mathematics"

Dan Siebert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics Education at Brigham Young University.
 

Daniel Siebert with Cody Sandifer

Lisa Clement Lamb (lisa.lamb@sdsu.edu, Graduated 1999)

Thesis Title: "Understanding Teachers' Actions in the Classroom"

Lisa Lamb is a Professor of Mathematical Education in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University.
 

Lisa Clement

Andy Johnson (AndyJohnson@bhsu.edu, Graduated 1999, pictured with Professor Fred Goldberg)

Thesis Title: "Students' Development of Models of Magnetic Materials"

Andy Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Physics in the School of Natural Sciences and Associate Director of the Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education at Black Hills State University, South Dakota.
 

Andy Johnson with Fred Goldberg

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