Assistant Professor Megan Taylor Named 2013 STaR Fellow

taylor.jpgSchool of Education Assistant Professor Megan Taylor has recently being accepted as a 2013 STaR Fellow. The Service, Teaching and Research (STaR) Project is an induction program for recent doctoral graduates in mathematics education.

The program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a 12-month experience that networks early career mathematics educators (in the first or second year of their first academic appointment).

The Program focuses on three themes: research, teaching and service as well as leadership development To be eligible for this program, a candidate must have a doctorate in mathematics education and be in the first or second year of tenure track at an institution of higher education in the U.S.

As a STaR Fellow, Taylor will have the opportunity to attend a week-long Park City Mathematics Institute this summer, get extra support as she continues her research agenda and collaborate with a strong cohort of other mathematics faculty to strengthen her teaching practice.

Megan Taylor is the newest faculty member in the Curriculum Studies and Secondary Education department and the Single Subject Credential Program at SSU. Her research focuses on secondary mathematics and teacher education.

Taylor has taught 6th-12th grade for twelve years and believes that in order to improve public mathematics education in the U.S., improvements in teacher education are necessary. Her recent work investigates how mathematics teachers use textbooks and explores ways they can be do it more effectively to improve classroom learning.

- Pamela Van Halsema

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