**Christopher Comer, Dean**

# Faculty Profile

### Education

Ph.D.University of Minnesota

Mathematics Education

M.S.University of Minnesota

Applied and Computational Mathematics

M.A.University of Minnesota

Counseling Psychology

B.L.Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, China

Ideological and Political Education and Administration

### Research Interests

STEM integration, STEM education, Mathematics Education, Mentoring, Multicultural STEM curriculum

### Publications

*Peer Review Journal Articles*

Egan, J. M., Sloughter, J. M., Cardoso, T., Trainor, P., **Wu**, K., Safford, H., & Fournier, D. (2016). Multi-temporal ecological analysis of Jeffrey pine beetle outbreak dynamics within the Lake Tahoe Basin. *Population Ecology*, 1-22.

Agosto, V., Karanxha, Z., Unterreiner, A., Cobb-Roberts, D., Esnard, T., **Wu**, K., & Beck, M. (2016). Running bamboo: A mentoring network of women intending to thrive in academia. *NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education, 9*(1), 74-89.

Esnard, T., Cobb-Roberts, D., Agosto, V., Karanxha, Z., Beck, M., **Wu**, K., & Unterreiner, A. (2015). Productive tensions in a cross-cultural peer mentoring women’s network: A social capital perspective. *Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 23*(1), 19-36.

Pegg, Jerine M., Anne E. Adams, Hilary Smith Risser, SueAnn I. Bottoms, Anne L. Kern, and **Wu**, K. (2014). Finding FRiENDs: Creating a Community of Support for Early Career Academics. *Brock Education, 24*(1), 47–54.

Bottoms, S., Pegg, J., Adams, A., **Wu**, K., Smith Risser, H., & Kern, A. L. (2013). Mentoring from the outside: The role of a peer mentoring community in the development of early career education faculty. *Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 21*(2), 195-218.

Harwell, M., Medhanie, A., Post, T., **Wu**, K., and Dupuis, D. N., (2012). Preparation of students for completing a Core-Plus or commercially developed high school mathematics curriculum for intense college mathematics coursework, *Journal of Experimental Education, 80*(1), 96-112.

**Norman**, K.W., Medhanie, A., & Harwell, M., Anderson, E., Post, T.R. (2011). High school mathematics curricula, university mathematics placement recommendations, and student university mathematics performance. *PRIMUS, 21*(5), 434-455.

Post, T.R., Medhanie, A., Harwell, M., **Norman**, K.W., Dupuise, D. N., Muchlinski, T., Anderson, E., Monson, D. (2010). The impact of prior mathematics achievement on the relationship between high school mathematics curricula and post-secondary mathematics performance, course-taking, and persistence, *Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 41*(3), 274-308.

**Norman**, K.W., Moore, T., & Kern, A. (2010). A graduate level in-service teacher education curriculum integrating engineering into science and mathematics contents. Special Issue of *The Montana Mathematics Enthusiast*, 7, 433-446.

Harwell, M., Post, T., Cutler, A., Maeda, Y., **Norman**, K.W., Medhanie, A. (2009). The preparation of students from National Science Foundation-funded and commercially developed high school mathematics curricula for their first university mathematics course, *American Educational Researcher Journal, 46*(1), 203-231.

Post, T., Davis J., Maeda, Y., Cutler, A., Anderson, E., Kahan, J., **Norman**, K.W., & Harwell, M. (2008). Standards-based mathematics curricula and middle grade students’ Performance on standardized achievement tests. *Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 39*(2), 184-212.

*Referred Book Chapters, Encyclopedias, and Monographs *

Bottoms, S., Pegg, J., Adams, A., Risser, H., & **Wu**, K. (in press). Mentoring within communities of practice. In B. Irby & L. Searby (Eds.), *The Wiley-Blackwell international handbook of mentoring: Paradigms, practices, programs, and possibilities*.

Cobb-Roberts, D., Esnard, T., Unterreiner, A., Agosto, V., Karanxha, Z., Beck, M, & **Wu**, K. (2017). Mentoring, gender, and cross-racial relationships. In Clutterbuck et al. (Eds.), *The SAGE Handbook of Mentoring*. SAGE Publications Inc.

**Wu**, K., Thorsos, N., & Kern, A.L. (2016). Dynamics of tensions and a sense of belonging in an informal peer mentoring community of women faculty. In B. G. Johnanessen (Ed.), *Global Co-Mentoring Networks in Higher Education: Politics, Policies, and Practices*. Dordrecht: Springer.

Adams, A. E., Pegg, J. M., Bottoms, S., Smith Risser, H., **Wu**, K., & Kern, A. L. (2016). Storying our academic career transitions within a peer mentoring community. In B. G. Johnanessen (Ed.), *Global Co-Mentoring Networks in Higher Education: Politics, Policies, and Practices*. Dordrecht: Springer.

Chaphalkar, R. M., & **Wu**, K. (2015). Academic Service Learning projects in college introductory statistics: effects on students’ attitude. In V.M. Jagla, A. Furco, & J. R. Strait (Eds.), *Service-Learning Pedagogy: How Does It Measure Up?* Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Unterreiner, A., Four-Babb, J.D., Kern, A., & **Wu**, K. (2015). Women’s ways of collaborating: A study of cross-cultural peer mentoring. In Kochan, F., Kent, A., & Green, A. (Eds.), *Uncovering the Hidden Cultural Dynamics in Mentoring Programs and Relationships: Managing the Complexities, Volume 4: Perspectives in Mentoring Series*. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Sriraman, B., & **Wu**, K. (2014). "Embodied Cognition." Lerman, S (Ed), *Encyclopedia of*

*Mathematics Education: Springer Reference*. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. DOI:

10.1007/SpringerReference_353628 2013-03-12 18:16:00 UTC.

**Norman**, K.W., Kern, A., & Moore, T. (2010). A call for integrating engineering through cooperative learning in the mathematics and science teacher education program. In B. Sriraman & V. Freiman (Eds), Interdisciplinarity for the 21st Century: Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Mathematics and its Connections to Arts and Sciences, Moncton 2009. *Monograph 11 in The Montana Mathematics Enthusiast Monographs in Mathematics Education*. Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC.

*Peer Review Conference Proceedings*

Peck, F. A., Erickson, D., Feliciano-Semidei, R., Renga, I. P., Roscoe, M. B., & **Wu**, K. (2017, accepted). Negotiating the essential tension of teacher communities in a statewide math teachers’ circle. In Proceedings of the 39th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Indianapolis, IN.

Chaphalkar, R. M., & **Wu**, K. (2013). Impact of Academic Service-Learning and Model-Eliciting Activities on students’ learning and attitudes in statistics. Proceedings from American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting. San Francisco, U.S.A.

**Wu**, K., & Berthelson, M. (2011). Learning and teaching of Native American students and barriers for them to study abroad. In Huai. H, Kommers, P, Zhang, J. & Isaias, P. (Eds). Proceedings from the International Higher Education: ADIS International Conference, 65-69, East China Normal University Publishing, Shanghai,CH.

*Refereed Book Review*

Wu, K. & Feliciano-Semidei, R. (2017, May 31). Book Review [Review of the book The Mathematics Education of Elementary Teachers: Issues and S strategies for Content Courses, by L. C. Hart, S. Oesterle, S. S. Auslander, & A. Kajander (Eds.)]. Teachers College Record.

**Current Grant and Project**

PI. (2017-2021). Wu, K., Swaney, R.A., Brown, B., Walker, L., & Patterson, M. National Science Foundation AGEP, Collaborative Research: The Willow AGEP Alliance: A Model to Advance Native American STEM Faculty. (Amount: $1,780,721)

PI/Co-PI. (2014-2019). Wu, K., McNulty, J., McKinnie, K., & Stone, E. National Science Foundation - Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM), Increasing Diversity in Mathematics. (Amount: $607,911)

Co-PI. (2017-2019). Thomas, A., & Wu, K. National Science Foundation. Tribal College Faculty Professional Development. (Amount: $234,187)

Co-PI. (2017). Roscoe, M., Peck, F., Wu, K., & Erickson, D. Montana OCHE Title II. Problem Solving Pathways to Concurrent Enrollment Courses. (Amount: $115,000).

Co-PI. (2017). Thomas, A., Peck, F., & Wu, K. Science is Cool Montana. Montana GEAR UP grant. (Amount: $32,300).

Co-PI. (2017-2018). Peck, F., Roscoe, M., Wu, K., & Erickson, D. National Security Agency - STEM Education Partnership Program (MEPP). The Montana Math Teachers' Circle. (Amount: $49,983).