Joe Champion, Mathematics Education at Boise State University
I’m an Associate Professor of Mathematics, specializing in mathematics education, in the Department of Mathematics at Boise State University. Previously, I was an assistant professor of mathematics at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi (2010-2013) after completing a Ph.D. in Educational Mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado in 2010.
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I’ve been teaching mathematics since Fall 2001. I teach a wide range of courses focused current and future teachers of math, with a focus on data and statistics. I have a passion for helping students build a realistic sense of confidence in their abilities to succeed in STEM, and I often work with others to develop courses that emphasize project-based, active learning strategies, and appreciation for the “hard fun” of learning math.
- Math 187 Discrete & Foundational Math – materials for an intro to proof and discrete math course for math majors
- Math 547 History of Math – a graduate course on the “why” and “how” of historical mathematics development
I am constantly learning new things, and I spend much of my time working with teams of scholars to conduct educational research. My research interests include academic performance, persistence, and self-efficacy in STEM, mathematical and statistical modeling with educational applications, machine learning, mathematics teacher education, and the design and development of mathematics education websites.
Currently, my biggest project is ROOT, a $3 million NSF-funded grant focused on “improving Grades 6-8 students’ mathematics achievement in modeling and problem solving through effective sequencing of instructional practices.” I serve as the Principal Investigator.
Broadening access and achievement in mathematics requires sustained connections to the community. Here are a few of the ways I support education outside my teaching and research:
- IDoTeach, co-director, undergraduate secondary STEM teacher education program
- Modeling & Data Analysis Literacy (MoDAL), co-Director, large-scale summer institute for secondary Idaho math teachers
- Regional Math Center, Assoc. Director, state-funded professional development center for Idaho teachers of math
- Summer Academy, Director, day camp for elementary and middle grades students
- Boise Math Circles, co-founder/co-director, a community for students and teachers of many ages
- Math Concurrent Enrollment, a collaboration with local teachers to teach college math in high schools
- AMTE, AVP for Web Development, influential community of “teachers of teachers of mathematics”
- Living-Learning Communities, Faculty in Residence (2015-2018), first-year residential academic programs
- ETEAMScc.com– a math and science teacher preparation partnership funded by NSF.