Lappan-Phillips-Fitzgerald Colloquium

Our intellectual community in mathematics education is supported by a variety of activities and units, including:

The Lappan-Phillips-Fitzgerald Mathematics Education Colloquium Series

During the academic year the Program in Mathematics Education sponsors a Mathematics Education Colloquium Series. This series consists of talks about research in mathematics education by both faculty members from MSU and scholars from other institutions in the United States and abroad. Past speakers from outside MSU have included Jill Adler, Michele Artigue, Deborah Ball and Hyman Bass, Curt Bennett, Francis (Skip) Fennell, Patricio Herbst, Liping Ma, Robert Reys, Tom Romberg, Deborah Schifter, and Triadafillos Triadafillidis.

Colloquium talks are open to faculty and students interested in mathematics education. New and prospective graduate students are encouraged to attend. Others from outside the MSU community with an interest in research in mathematics education are also welcome. The schedule, flyer and videos (as they become available) for the current semester are listed here, along with a link to the schedule and videos of previous semesters.

Fall 2017/Spring 2018 Mathematics Education Colloquium Schedule

These events are sponsored by the Program in Mathematics Education, the Lappan-Phillips-Fitzgerald Endowment, and the Colleges of Education and Natural Science. For more information, contact a committee member: Gail Burrill, Shiv Karunakaran, Luke Tunstall, or Greg Beaudine, or contact Freda Cruél, 517-432-1490.

Titles of talks will be posted as they are received. A video of the talk will be posted shortly afterward, as available. Colloquium talks are scheduled in 252 Erickson Hall.

Spring 2018 Schedule

Tuesday, January 23  Elise Lockwood, Oregon State University  1:15-2:45 pm

Investigating Subtleties of the Multiplication Principle

Flyer for Lockwood Talk

Video of Lockwood Talk

PDF of Lockwood Slides

Wednesday, February 28  Jennifer Langer-Osuna, Stanford University  1:45-3:15 pm

Fostering productive and inclusive collaborative mathematics classrooms

Flyer for Langer-Osuna Talk

Video of Langer-Osuna Talk

PDF of Langer-Osuna Slides

Wednesday, April 18  Elizabeth de Freitas, Manchester Metropolitan University, England  3:30-5:00 pm

What is a Mathematical Concept?

Flyer for de Freitas Talk

Video of de Freitas Talk

PDF of de Freitas Talk


Fall 2017 Schedule

For Fall 2017, the talks will be scheduled on select Tuesdays from 1:15-2:45 pm in 252 Erickson, unless otherwise noted.

October 10  Kevin Moore, University of Georgia

Students' graphing activities: Re-presentations of what?

Flyer for Moore Talk

Video of Moore Talk

PDF of Moore Slides

November 7  Luis Leyva, Vanderbilt University

The blending of academic and social support through apoyo and consejos in the mathematical success of three undergraduate Latinx engineering students.

Flyer for Leyva Talk

Video of Leyva Talk

PDF of Leyva Slides

November 28   3:30-5 pm  Amy Parks, Michigan State University

Joy: The Zeroth Mathematical Practice

Flyer for Parks Talk

Video of Parks Talk

PDF of Parks Slides

Video/Schedule of Mathematics Education Colloquium from Previous Semesters

The Mathematics Learning Research Group

Research Meeting

The Mathematics Learning Research Group, or MLRG, is an informal gathering of faculty and graduate students who share research interests in the learning, teaching, and use of mathematics in schools and other settings. It meets periodically (usually every two weeks on a Friday afternoon) with discussion often focusing on work in progress (conceptualizing research, planning data-gathering, considering emerging results, and relating emergent results to practice and subsequent research), but also includes doing mathematics together and practicing conference or job search presentations.

The faculty coordinator for the MLRG is Dr. Jack Smith.

Contact Lisa Keller or organizers below to join. The semester schedule of MLRG activities is updated a week or so before each planned event. Graduate student organizers this year are Sunghwan Byun and Amy Scheerhorn.


Co-Integrate Math Seminar Series

CoIntegrate is a new speaker series, jointly sponsored by the CREATE for STEM Institute and the Program in Mathematics Education, designed to support internal networking among colleagues in the College of Natural Science, College of Education, and K-12 school partners interested in the teaching and learning of mathematics in K-16 settings. This monthly series will feature talks by MSU faculty and graduate students who are working on projects to improve math teaching and learning at MSU and in Michigan more broadly.

The coordinator and contact person for the Co-Integrate Math Seminar is Dr. Kristen Bieda. The talks are scheduled on select Mondays from 12:00-1:00 pm unless otherwise noted. The 2017-2018 schedule will be added as talks are confirmed.

Fall 2017 Schedule

September 18  Sandra Crespo, Higinio Dominguez 252 Erickson

Learning to Transform, Transforming to Learn: Reflections from a Chile — US Participatory Mathematics Education Research Project

October 23  Shiv Karunakaran  212 North Kedzie

Uses of Neurocognitive Measures to Evaluate Cognitive Load During the Process of Proving


PRIME Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

The PRIME Graduate Student Organization is a team of Michigan State University graduate students in the PRIME program who organize events, lead community programs, and represent the Mathematics Education program at meetings of the Council of Graduate Students (COGS) organization at Michigan State University. If you are looking to gain leadership and service experience, consider participating in this group. David Bowers is the current PRIME GSO President.


The Beal Garden

We maintain an email list for announcements of interest to the mathematics education community connected to MSU (MSU faculty, specialists, and graduate students; interested students, mentor teachers, and graduates from our teacher certification program; and interested faculty, staff, and students at nearby institutions). Subscribe to the math ed list.

Faculty Units

Our mathematics education faculty come from a variety of departments across campus, including:

Program in Mathematics Education (College of Natural Science)

Probability and Statistics (College of Natural Science)

Mathematics Department (College of Natural Science)

Teacher Education (College of Education)

Counseling, Educational Psychology, Educational Technology (College of Education) CREATE for STEM Institute