José Contreras has been an associate professor at Ball State since 2010. Before coming to campus, he taught at the University of Southern Mississippi for 14 years. His years of teaching experience include seven years as a high school math teacher. His areas of expertise include teacher education, teaching and learning with technology, geometry education, theories of learning mathematics, and history of mathematics. Contreras earned his PhD in mathematics education from The Ohio State University.
Sheryl Stump is professor of mathematics, teaching undergraduate and graduate classes for prospective and practicing teachers and designing curriculum. Since coming to Ball State in 1996, her research and scholarship have focused on the development of teachers’ knowledge for teaching mathematics through problem solving and inquiry. Some of her work has focused on algebra, and she is devoted to fostering a more dynamic and meaningful understanding of concepts and symbols. Stump is also interested in mathematics teacher leadership and has worked with colleagues across the state to study and promote the work of elementary mathematics specialists. She taught high school math for six years in New Mexico and New York. She completed her PhD in mathematics education from Illinois State University.
Jerry Woodward is assistant professor and has taught in the middle school, high school, and university classroom. His many areas of expertise include additive reasoning, multiplicative, reasoning, algebraic reasoning, learning theory, pre-service and practicing teacher education, inquiry-based pedagogy, and STEM education. He holds an Indiana teaching license in mathematics for grades 5-12 and a computer endorsement for grades K-12. Woodward earned his PhD in mathematics education from Purdue University.