Assistant Professors Charmaine Mangram and Holly Pope, in the College of Education School of Teacher Education (STE), have been accepted into the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Service, Teaching, and Research (STaR) Fellows Program for 2018-2019. An early induction program for faculty in institutions of higher education, the STaR program supports the development of mathematics educators and researchers.
“I am most excited about the opportunity to speak with and learn from colleagues who are involved in preparing secondary mathematics teachers at their own institutions,” Mangram said. “Specifically, I look forward to learning how others are aligning their secondary methods courses with the new AMTE Standards for Preparing Teachers of Mathematics.
”Designed to address some of the common challenges of mathematics educators, such as teaching mathematics content and methods courses for pre and in-service K–12 teachers, establishing a research agenda, and developing leadership/service skills, the STaR program also provides opportunities for fellows to network with other new mathematics education faculty around the country. Curriculum Research and Development Group Assistant Specialist Sean Yagi was a 2017 STaR fellow.
With the college since August 2017, Pope added, “The program will support my professional growth in terms of service, research, and teaching. I hope to connect with other new mathematics education faculty to spark relationships, research projects, and camaraderie.”
Mangram and Pope will participate in a summer institute in Park City, Utah in June 2018, conduct online networking, and attend a follow-up session in conjunction with the annual AMTE conference in February, 2019. AMTE’s focus for 2018 is on equity, diversity, and justice in the advocacy for research and scholarship in mathematics teacher education.
“I appreciate the opportunity to engage with thought partners who might support me as I consider sustainable and rewarding ways to continue my research and work with families while maintaining balance with my teaching responsibilities,” concluded Mangram.