Mathematics Education

The Department of Mathematical Sciences has a very active group of mathematics educators whose research interests lie in the areas of cognition, curriculum development, foundational issues of mathematics education, interdisciplinary mathematics, history and philosophy of mathematics and mathematics education, models and modelling research, mathematics gifted education, assessment, and technology education. The primary focus of mathematics education is the undergraduate program, but there is a graduate component. This component includes a mathematics education option in the Master of Arts degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Typically, there is at least one seminar in mathematics education per semester open to graduate students and faculty. The Mathematics education faculty is involved in many major National Science Foundation grants: the Systemic Initiative for Montana Mathematics and Science (SIMMS), Six Through Eight Mathematics (STEM) Project, Systemic Teacher Excellence Preparation (STEP), the Show-Me Project, and The Center for Learning and Teaching in the West (CLT West). Because of the NSF grants, there are frequent mathematics and science education visitors to campus.

Publications by Mathematics Education Faculty


Frederick Peck, Ph.D., University of Colorado, 2015
Matt Roscoe, Ph.D., University of Montana, 2011
Bharath Sriraman, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University, 2002
Ke Wu, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2008  
Rick Billstein, Ed.D., University of Montana, 1972, Professor Emeritus
James Hirstein, Ed.D., University of Georgia, 1978, Professor Emeritus
Johnny Lott, Ph.D., Georgia State University, 1973, Professor Emeritus
Mark Lutz, M.A., University of Dayton, Adjunct Instructor
Bonnie Spence, M.A., The University of Tulsa, Lecturer  
Faculty in the School of Education often participate in the activities of the math department: