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Tonya Bartell

Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education

116N Erickson, (517) 432-4652


Tonya Gau Bartell is an associate professor of mathematics education interested in exploring teaching practices that promote mathematics learning for all students. Her research focuses on issues of culture, race, and power in mathematics teaching and learning, with particular attention to teachers’ development of mathematics pedagogy for social justice and pedagogy integrating a focus on mathematics, children’s mathematical thinking, and children’s community and cultural knowledge.

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Kristen Bieda

Professor, Department of Teacher Education

317 Erickson, (517) 432-9925



Kristen Bieda is a professor of mathematics education. Her research focuses on classroom practices related to reasoning and proof in middle grades and secondary mathematics, with the goal of informing teacher education, curriculum, and professional development programs. Other interests include the use of lesson study in teacher preparation and the development of pre-service teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching through the use of curriculum as well as video-based representations of teaching.

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Gail Burrill

Specialist, Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME)


Gail Burrill was a secondary teacher and department chair in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin for over 28 years. She is currently a Mathematics Specialist in the Program in Mathematics Education at Michigan State University. She served as President of the National Council of Teacher of Mathematics (NCTM), and as Director of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board. She co-directs the Institute for Advanced Study’s International Seminar and the Secondary School Teachers Program component of the Park City Mathematics Institute. Burrill is an instructor for Teachers Teaching with Technology and a senior mathematics advisor to Texas Instruments Education Technology. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics, an honorary doctorate from Rose Holman Institute of Technology and the NCTM Lifetime Achievement Award. Her research interests are statistics education, the use of technology in teaching secondary mathematics, and issues related to what it means to teach mathematics. The author of numerous books and articles on statistics and mathematics education, she has spoken nationally and internationally on issues in teaching and learning mathematics.

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Higinio Dominguez

Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education

116K Erickson, 517-355-2321


Higinio Dominguez is an associate professor in the College of Education at Michigan State University. His research reflects his desire to emancipate humanities research that turns every difference it encounters into Eurocentric interpretations and every expressivity into the regime of a language that is faithful to rigor, causality, and rationality while turning its back on love, reciprocity, and possibility. Higinio’s research collaborations flatten the hierarchical structures of Eurocentric humanities—structures so strong and tall that they crush and hide the diversity of human experiences. An ongoing dialogue between Indigenous Knowledges, feminism, new materialism, posthumanism, and the real experiences of teachers and students in mathematics classrooms has allowed Higinio to interrogate the pervasive representationalism that has wrongly authorized researchers to speak for the other.

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Alden Jack "AJ" Edson

Fixed Term Assistant Professor Research, Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME)

C723 Wells Hall, 517-432-4551


AJ Edson is a research assistant professor of mathematics education. His research focuses on secondary school mathematics curriculum design and development using design-based research methodologies. In particular, AJ is interested in studying the enactment of curriculum materials in a digital world. He is also interested in the affordances of innovative mathematics curriculum materials as a context for teacher learning. Currently, he works on initiating and implementing research and development grants related to the Connected Mathematics Project and assisting with CMP activities. He has had experience working on other NSF-funded curriculum materials, including Core-Plus Mathematics and Transition to College Mathematics and Statistics. The work on these projects involves collaborations with teams of mathematicians and statisticians, mathematics and statistics educators, and school mathematics teachers with a goal of providing students and teachers with problem-based, inquiry-oriented materials.

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Richard "Abe" Edwards

Academic Specialist, Lyman Briggs College and Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME)

E-25D Holmes Hall, 517-884-3931


Richard “Abe” Edwards is an Academic Specialist in the Lyman Briggs College within MSU. He teaches a wide variety of mathematics courses and enjoys developing research experiences for undergraduates. In his own research, he studies the complex interplay between cultural norms, historical events, and mathematical developments. He is currently exploring the benefits and constraints of teaching mathematics via primary source documents. In addition, he directs an education abroad program in which students study the cultural history of mathematics in Florence, Paris, and London. Abe is a 2016 graduate of our mathematics education doctoral program.

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Taren Going

Research Associate, Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME)

C721 Wells Hall, 517-432-0054


Taren Going is a Postdoctoral scholar with the Connected Mathematics Project. She received her PhD in Mathematics Education from MSU in Summer 2021. Her research interests include inquiry-based and student-centered instruction, how to bring a broad, inclusive and motivating vision of math to diverse students, proof and reasoning in the middle school, and ambitious math teaching in the middle school. 

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Jennifer Green

Associate Professor, Department of Statistics & Probability and Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME)
C442 Wells Hall, (517) 432-9892
C106 Wells Hall, 517-884-3476
Jennifer Green is an Associate Professor of Statistics Education in the Department of Statistics and Probability and the Program in Mathematics Education (PriME). Her research focuses on the development of teachers in grades K-16, as well as the development of statistical methodology to characterize the impacts of educational programs for teachers. Her research aims to improve STEM education with an emphasis on statistics, informing and enhancing the processes of teaching, learning, and assessment across all levels of education. She investigates the teaching and learning of statistics through the development and refinement of programs for K-16 practitioners. Her current interests include K-12 teachers' uses of data and statistics in classroom inquiry, innovations to modernize and transform postsecondary statistics coursework, and graduate student development in teaching and scientific oral communication. She teaches several statistics and statistics education courses, including Theory of Probability and Statistics and Teaching College Mathematics.

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Beth Herbel-Eisenmann
Director, Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME) and Mathematics Education Graduate Program
C111 Wells Hall, 517-884-3475
Professor, Department of Teacher Education
352 Erickson, 517-432-9607
Beth Herbel-Eisenmann is a professor in mathematics education in the College of Education, Director of the Program in Mathematics Education, and has scholarly responsibilities at the University of South-Eastern Norway. Much of her work has focused on ideas of positioning, storylines, authority and power in mathematics classrooms and teacher professional development and how these might be intentionally considered and enacted to support students' developing identities as mathematics learners, counter oppressive myths about mathematics, and change practices and policies that are oppressive. She is committed to participatory approaches and works in long-term partnerships with secondary mathematics teachers who engage in action research and youth in informal settings who engage in youth participatory action research.

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Lisa Keller
Academic Specialist, Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME)
C112 Wells Hall, 517-432-5472
Lisa Keller is a specialist and Assistant Director in the Program in Mathematics Education. She is involved in recruiting and advising mathematics education doctoral students, and for a number of years supervised the mathematics content courses for prospective elementary teachers. She has an extensive background in teaching early undergraduate mathematics courses and content/methods courses for prospective elementary teachers.

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Vincent Melfi

Associate Professor, Department of Statistics & Probability
C421 Wells Hall, 517-432-3384
Vince Melfi is an associate professor and associate chair in the Department of Statistics & Probability. His research interests include quantitative literacy, statistics education, adaptive designs in clinical trials, Markov Chains, Renewal Theory, and Sequential Allocations. Vince received his PhD from University of Michigan in 1991. He served as the Director of PRIME from 2011-2019. Vince received the William L. Harkness Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in 2014.

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Sunyoung Park

Research Associate, Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME)

C721 Wells Hall, 517-432-0054


Sunyoung Park is a Postdoctoral scholar with the Connected Mathematics Project. She received her PhD in Mathematics Education from MSU in Summer 2023. Sunyoung hopes to continue working with a small group of mathematics teachers and/or a school district to collaboratively conduct action research. She hopes her endeavor and commitment to assist teacher learning will inspire teachers to perceive themselves as agents in making educational changes.

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Elizabeth "Betty" Phillips

Senior Specialist, Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME)

C717 Wells Hall, 517-353-3835


Betty Phillips is a senior academic specialist in the Program in Mathematics Education, and received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from MSU in December 2022. She is interested in curriculum design and development using design-based research methodologies and the role of curriculum in the teaching and learning processes. She is an author of the Connected Mathematics Project (CMP) which is a problem-centered mathematics curriculum for middle school teachers and students. Its overarching goal is to help students and teachers develop mathematical knowledge, understanding, and skill along with an awareness of and appreciation for the rich connections among mathematical strands and between mathematics and other disciplines. Current research projects related to CMP are the Arc of Learning, Student Work as a Context for Student Learning, and Formative Assessment. She is also a Principle Investigator for two recent National Science Foundation Research grants that investigate the efforts to promote middle school mathematics learning and engagement with digital curriculum resources. 

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Yvonne Slanger-Grant

Specialist, Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME)

C719 Wells Hall, 517-432-0056


Yvonne Slanger-Grant is an Academic Outreach Specialist. She is the professional development coordinator for and assists with all of the activities of the Connected Mathematics Project (CMP). Yvonne has held various roles in education including middle school mathematics teacher, elementary teacher, instructional coach, professional development consultant, developer and field test teacher of Connected Mathematics, and more. Yvonne has assisted school districts and systemic initiatives in many states with the implementation of standards-based curricula. Yvonne’s efforts in education have always focused on enhancing mathematics learning and teaching. 

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Kristen Vroom
Assistant Professor, Lyman Briggs College and Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME)
E34 W Holmes Hall
Kristen Vroom is an assistant professor of mathematics education. Her research is in undergraduate mathematics education, focusing on the teaching and learning of mathematical practices such as defining, conjecturing, and proving. Her research aims to transform undergraduate classrooms by developing inquiry-oriented curriculum and instructor support materials that promote student engagement in mathematical practices. One focus of her work has been to support students’ fluency with formal mathematical language by engaging them in mathematical practices. 

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Christopher Waston
Specialist, Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME)
C722 Wells Hall, 517-432-0351
Christopher Waston is a Specialist for the Connected Mathematics Project. He works with the CMP team focusing on communications and technology, managing websites and social media accounts, communicating the story of CMP with various stakeholders, collaborating with the team to support data collection and analysis, and assisting with CMP events in person and online.