David Bowers

  • Graduate Students


Began: Fall 2016

Research interests: In my work as a researcher, I specialize in: (1) Mathematics education research, (2) critical social science research, (3) the integration of humanities-oriented research disciplines into social science research, (4) interdisciplinary bridging work such as taking findings or conceptual frameworks derived in one discipline and applying them in another, and (5) change-oriented research such as action research and design research. At the moment, my lines of inquiry center most keenly on the question of our (mathematics education researchers) potential to effect change across the interrelated systemic and individual levels. In what ways do our norms of discourse, norms of methodology, and norms of epistemology allow or preclude opportunity to effect genuine change? In what ways do these norms potentially draw us further from, rather than closer to, meaningful truth?

Find my work on ResearchGate

Learn more about my background from my CV (last updated 04/26/2019)


David Bowers was born in Webster Springs, West Virginia, although most of his years growing up were spent in Fredericktown and Mount Vernon, Ohio. After David graduated from high school he moved to Columbus, Ohio to attend The Ohio State University where he was very busy obtaining all three of his degrees. These degrees include a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, a Master of Education in secondary STEM education, and a Master of Mathematical Sciences.

David Bowers and wife CassieAfter David earned his Bachelor of Science in mathematics and his Master of Education in secondary STEM education, he decided to go on and teach high school mathematics. David taught for several years before returning to The Ohio State University to earn his Master’s of Mathematical Sciences. While busy earning his master’s degree, David also taught college courses at OSU.

David has just begun MSU’s doctoral program in mathematics education in the fall of 2016.  He isn’t quite sure what he wants to research specifically but has a lot of great options in mind. David has had an early interest in the question of, “what sorts of problem-solving skills prospective teachers possess and how we can help them to flourish and later convey that skillset to their own students.” Another idea that has been on David’s mind is, “ways we can take existing high-quality theoretical research and transition it into practice.”

David and baby AuroraOutside of his involvement with the PRIME program, David is busy spending time with his newborn daughter, Aurora, and his wife, Cassie. David and Cassie are also pet owners to their four cats and a dog. David is also very adventurous and enjoys swimming, hiking, biking, and martial arts. He also likes to relax and read, listen to music, play videogames, and watch TV.

After graduating from PRIME, David aims to do research and teach at a Research I university.

Written by

Claudia Salwin


Bowers and Dog