Physics Education Research Conference 2017 Plenary Speakers
Michael Oehrtman, Oklahoma State University
Michael Oehrtman is the Noble Professor for Technology Enhanced Learning in the Department of Mathematics at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Oehrtman was co-PI for Project Pathways, an NSF Math and Science Partnership to develop and implement research-based support for secondary mathematics and science teachers, integrating content across STEM fields. He continues research on teacher professional development as PI on the INFORMS MKT Project to study the mathematical knowledge expert teachers use throughout the planning, implementation, and assessment of their instruction and how that knowledge impacts their instructional decisions. He collaborated on the development and validation of the Precalculus Concept Assessment (PCA) that is now used for research and evaluation purposes by projects nationwide and served as the model for the current MAA Calculus Concepts Readiness Exam. His research on calculus students' reasoning formed the foundation of his Project CLEAR Calculus, coherently developing core concepts in the course while maintaining both rigor and conceptual accessibility. Dr. Oehrtman has served in numerous leadership positions for the Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (SIGMAA on RUME) over the past decade, and currently serves in state and national leadership roles to support reform of remedial and gateway mathematics preparation of college students.
- Quantitative reasoning and mathematical modeling in an introductory calculus sequence (Keynote speaker)
Megan Wawro, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University
Megan Wawro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Virginia Tech. Her research interests are in undergraduate mathematics education. Her research program includes investigating student thinking and instructional design in linear algebra, student understanding of mathematics in quantum physics, and methodologies for documenting mathematical reasoning at individual and collective levels. She earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education from UC San Diego/San Diego State University, an M.A. in Mathematics from Miami University, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Cedarville University. Prior to her graduate work, she was a high school mathematics teacher in both Ohio and Switzerland.
- Student Understanding and Symbolization of Eigentheory (Keynote speaker)