About The Professor
Academic background prior to entering doctoral studies:
• BA, Mathematics, UMC; MA, Curriculum & Instruction (Math) UMKC
Degree program / disciplines:
• Coordinating Unit: Curriculum & Instruction
• Co-discipline: Physics
• Co-discipline: Mathematics
• Algebra-based Physics I
• Algebra-based Physics II (UMKC)
• College Algebra (UMKC & JCCC)
• Fundamentals of Math (Johnson County Community College)
• Intro to Algebra (JCCC)
• Intermediate Algebra (JCCC)
• Discrete Math (JCCC)
• Calculus I (JCCC)
• Differential Equations
• Secondary Math Methods (JCCC)
• Math for Elementary Teachers I (UMKC)
• Math for Elementary Teachers II (UMKC)
Introductory courses in physics and mathematics using reform
(“Standards”) methods based on current research.
Using ethnomathematics, methods for improving the educational selfefficacy
of minority and “first generation” college students, and other
Standards of inquiry based instruction (a constructivist approach) to
improve the recruitment, retention, and persistence of minority students
in the math, science, and engineering (SEM) fields.
Remain at UMKC and implement programs, based on my on-going
research that will be effective in recruiting and retaining minority
students. I believe UMKC is uniquely situated to be a leader in
producing quality minority students into the SEM fields. As a by product
of this aspiration, and in conjunction with the IUE in the School of
Education, I see an increase in the quality of math and science
instruction in our local schools as some of our successful graduates
enter the teaching field.
I see the PFF experience as being one where we have the opportunity to
“rub shoulders” with IPHD students in different programs and schools
and learn how all of our research intertwines for the greater good. So
far, his has been the case.
Plans for the 2007-2008 Academic Year
• Visit both cluster institutions listed below.
• Attend the Regional NCTM Conference here in Kansas City
• Attend the International Conference on Mathematics Education
where the focus of the conference will be on culturally
responsive teaching and ethnomathematics.
• Restructure our algebra-based Physics I and II classes to make
them more in line with the “best practices” outlined by Physics
• Work with my advisor, Dr. Rita Barger on a grant proposal and to
get an journal article ready for publication in math or physics
• Look at academic support for our minority students that currently
reside at UMKC and see how my research can benefit these
programs—and see if we can get a program for our minority
students in a STEM degree path.
Cluster Institution Preferences:
1. Lincoln University
2. Haskell College
3. University of Maryland, Baltimore County