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.
Annette Leitze is professor of mathematics education at Ball State and teaches mathematics content and pedagogy to pre-service and in-service teachers. She worked with pre-service and in-service teachers in urban schools for 12 years as director of the Ball State University Urban Semester program, a program that has won two national awards. Leitze has taught math at the middle school, high school, and university level. Her current interests’ include online education, teaching through problem solving, mathematics curriculum and instruction, number concepts, and number theory. Leitze earned her PhD in mathematics education from Indiana University.
Kay Roebuck is professor of mathematics and has worked in pre-service and in-service teacher preparation since arriving at Ball State in 1989. Her primary areas of expertise are in the integration of mathematics with other subject areas, especially science, and the development of algebraic thinking.
She has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on five major teacher development projects: three through the Eisenhower Program focusing on the integration of mathematics with science and technology for secondary teachers and two Mathematics Science Partnership programs with elementary teachers on algebraic reasoning. Roebuck earned a PhD in mathematics education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she taught for six years.
Kathryn Shafer is associate professor of mathematics education and teaches mathematics research methods, action research, technology for mathematics teachers, and probability and statistics courses at the graduate level. Before coming to Ball State in 2008, she taught at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, and at middle school and high school settings in Illinois. Since coming to Ball State she has received the Outstanding Distance Education Teaching Award, named one of four Online Faculty Fellows, and appointed to an Online Education Task Force. Shafer holds a PhD in mathematics education from Western Michigan 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.