Kathryn Shafer

Kathryn Shafer

Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences


Room:RB 432


B.S. in mathematics education from Southern Illinois University
M.A. in mathematics education from Eastern Illinois University
Ph.D. in mathematics education from Western Michigan University

Research Interests:

A primary area of specialization is teaching action research in mathematics education. Since 2009, Kathy has supervised over 60 action research studies.

Another area of specialization includes the integration of technology in the K-16 mathematics classroom. Kathy’s work focuses on the infusion of geometric software into the geometry curriculum and dynamic data software in the statistics curriculum. In addition to mathematics specific software, she is proficient in the use of online communication tools, which support hybrid and online course work. Kathy recently served on the Local Organizational Committee for the 2017 Psychology in Mathematics Education-North America conference as the webmaster.

Selected Publications:

  • Singer, B. & Shafer, K. G. (2018). Exploring spatial reasoning with SketchUp Make. Teaching Children Mathematics, 25(1), 46-52. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Reston, VA.
  • Woodward, J. A. & Shafer, K. G. (2018). Future High School Math Teachers’ Perceptions of Productive Struggle. Indiana Mathematics Teacher, Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Felger, J. & Shafer, K. G. (2016). An algebra teacher’s instructional decision-making process with GeoGebra: An action research study. In M. Niess, S. Driskell, & K. Hollebrands (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Transforming Mathematics Teacher Education in the Digital Age (pp. 493– 518). Hershey PA: IGI Global
  • Shafer, K. & Kaiser, B. (2016). One Room - Five Screens: An Interactive Learning Space for Future Math Teachers. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2016 (pp. 4590-4592). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Technology Teach Ass 331 1 1530 - 1645 T R RB, room 452
Technology Mathemati 631 800 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Research Methods Mat 694 808 0000 - 0000
Action Research Math 696 800 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE