I joined the mathematics department in 2005. I teach a wide range of undergraduate mathematics courses, focusing on introductory statistics courses. I am also very involved with Ithaca College's graduate teacher education programs: I teach a mathematics course for future elementary teachers, a graduate seminar in mathematics education, and I supervise student teachers during their professional semester.
My research interests are in mathematics and statistics education, which is a field that uses tools from psychology, philosophy, history, sociology, and literary criticism (and more!) to investigate how people learn and understand mathematics and statistics.
In particular, I am currently investigating the ways students use and interpret various mathematical texts—textbooks, video lectures, and (live) lectures. As teachers adopt new types of pedagogies—in particular, "flipped" classroom techniques—it is increasingly important to understand how we can help students use these text materials effectively. To investigate this, I draw upon ideas from semiotics, embodied cognition, sense-making theory, reader-oriented theory, and narratology to describe what—and how—students learn from experiencing and interacting with these texts.