NSF CAREER — Teaching Mathematics Well in Community Colleges: Understanding the Impact of Reform-Based Instructional Resources

Vilma Mesa

Principal Investigator

Vilma Mesa
is an assistant professor of mathematics education at the University of Michigan. Her areas of research are undergraduate mathematics education and curriculum
. She investigates the role that resources play in developing teaching expertise in undergraduate mathematics settings, with an emphasis in community colleges. She teaches graduate courses in curriculum, assessment, and research methods. Vilma received her B.S. in mathematics and B.S. in computer science from the University of Los Andes and her M.A. and Ph.D in mathematics education from the University of Georgia.

Project Team

Elaine Lande is a Ph.D student in Mathematics Education at the University of Michigan and a Rackham Merit Fellowship recipient. Her interests are in learning and teaching mathematics at the remedial/developmental college level. She has held adjunct faculty positions in mathematics at Wayne State University and Henry Ford Community College. Elaine received her M.A. in mathematics from Wayne State University, her B.S. from Madonna University, and her Associate's from Henry Ford Community College.

SergioSergio Celis is a Ph.D student in Higher Education in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, at the University of Michigan and a Fulbright student. At the University of Chile he worked in research projects and as a consultant in different companies and institutions, was the Coordinator of Teaching Development at the School of Engineering and Science, and was involved in a large curricular reform of engineering and science programs. He was also a part-time instructor in the industrial engineering department. Sergio received his B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Chile.

Tim Whittemore is
a graduate student in Mathematics Education at the University of Michigan. He worked at The Putney School as a math teacher and the Assistant Dean of Students.  He is particularly interested in technological advances in rural settings and how these change teaching practices. He received B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Carleton College.

LindaLinda Leckrone is a Ph.D student in mathematics education at the University of Michigan. She has taught developmental math courses at Washtenaw Community College and high school German. She is particularly interested in researching developmental math at community colleges. She received Bachelor degrees in Mathematics and German from St. Olaf College.

Contact Information
Teaching Mathematics in Community Colleges
4002 School of Education Building
610 East University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Contact us at tmcc-umich [at] umich [dot] edu