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Laurie Overman Cavey

I joined the mathematics department at Boise State University in August 2009. My primary responsibilities include teaching mathematics courses for prospective teachers (both elementary and secondary levels), conducting scholarly work in mathematics education, and serving both the university and the profession through committee and administrative duties. I held a similar position at James Madison University from 2002 through May 2009 and completed a PhD in mathematics education at North Carolina State University in 2002. Prior to working on my doctoral degree, I taught high school mathematics at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics from 1994 to 1998.


I love teaching mathematics and have been at it for some time (since my work as a graduate teaching assistant when I started working on a MS in mathematics in 1990). I teach a wide range of courses for prospective teachers and for classroom teachers who are working on advanced degrees.

During the Spring 2018 semester, I am teaching MATH 157 Structure of Arithmetic for Teachers and STEM-ED 310 Classroom Interactions. For a list of other courses I have taught, see my curriculum vitae below.


I enjoy working with colleagues and thinking about the complexity in learning to teach mathematics in ways that account for and build upon students’ ideas. Learning to teach mathematics is an intellectual endeavor that one can reasonably assume to never completely master.

Recent projects include a focus on how mathematicians make use of examples in their teaching and the development of video-based online learning modules to support prospective secondary teachers’ understanding of students’ ideas about functions and modeling (VCAST). I, along with four colleagues, received funding from the National Science Foundation to support our work in developing these learning modules.

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Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

Office: MB238B
Phone: 208-426-1829
Fax: 208-426-1356