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Mary Ann Connors

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  • Higher Ed: Mathematics, Higher Ed: Education 

BIO

Dr. Mary Ann Connors' formal education includes a doctoral degree in Mathematics, Science & Instructional Technology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an M.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Seton Hill College.

She is a former High School Mathematics teacher with Teacher Certification in Secondary Mathematics and General Science in the commonwealths of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Virginia. She taught mathematics in public, private and parochial high schools in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia and Hanau, Germany. She also taught at the elementary school level and is certified in elementary education.
Dr. Connors was a faculty member of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at United States Military Academy at West Point from 1997 to 2001. For the preceding five years, she taught a calculus course with a lab component using Mathematica computer software at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Currently Dr. Connors is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Program Coordinator of Secondary Mathematics Teacher Licensure at Westfield State University. She is a faculty consultant for the College Board and Educational Testing Service and a Texas Instruments National Instructor. She served as a member of the AP Calculus Development and Test Writing Committee. She is a member of the Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity in Education and several national, regional and local mathematical organizations. She was a member of the Editorial Panel for the 2005 Yearbook of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Technology-Supported Mathematics Learning Environments, http://www.nctm.org/catalog/product.aspx?id=12850. She received invitations from the National Science Foundation to read and evaluate Type 1 proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) and then served on panels that convened in November 2006 and 2008. She was invited participant at the First National Summit on the Advancement of Girls in Math and Science at the U.S. Department of Education on May 15, 2006. She served as a Mathematics Grand Awards Judge at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Reno, NV in May 2009 and in San Jose, CA in May 2010.


Dr. Connors has given presentations at Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus Calculator Workshops, National Science Foundation Funded workshops on Calculus Reform using appropriate technology, and the Texas Instruments/Ohio State Calculus Short Course. She has also presented workshops on fractals at national and international meetings. Her publications include numerous articles, papers, and a fractal project on the World Wide Web, http://www.math.umass.edu/~mconnors/fractal/fractal.html. She was the guest on the call-in talk radio show, Math Medley, on July 27, 2002. The title of the show was "Using Technology to Teach Mathematics."

Dr. Connors is married to Dr. Edward Connors, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Their son James is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Their daughter, Kathleen, received a B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

EXPERTISE

appropriate use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics,
mathematics teacher preparation,
professional development for mathematics teachers,
and gender and minority issues in mathematics education 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Publications in Refereed Journals :

(1994, November) "A Unique Pattern for Generating Pythagorean Triples," The New England Mathematics Journal. 27 (1), 2 - 4. Reprinted in (1995, Fall). The Virginia Mathematics Teacher. 22 (1), pg. 21.

(1995) "Achievement and Gender in Computer-Integrated Calculus," Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 2 (2), pp. 113 - 121. http://www.begellhouse.com/journals/00551c876cc2f027,5d3da8dc777b95df,26c94bda65c62037.html

(1995) "A Postscript to Reclaiming a Conversation" (cited in the introduction of Changing the Educational Landscape:Philosophy, Women and Curriculum by Jane Roland Martin (1993)). Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 2 (4), pp.269-274. http://www.begellhouse.com/journals/00551c876cc2f027,4257596a4b2602de,0f13f3eb650f1e5a.html

(1997, Spring) "Technology in Mathematics Education: A Personal Perspective," Journal of Computing in Higher Education. 8(2), pp. 94-108. http://www.springerlink.com/content/du57633l144173n3/ ,
http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~carolm/jche/vol82.html

(1997) "Exploring the Logistic Population Model", International Journal of Computer Algebra in Mathematics Education, Volume 4, Number 1, pp. 111-115. http://www.tech.plym.ac.uk/research/mathematics_education/field%20of%20work/ijtme/volume%204/number_one.htm#eight

(2001) "The Effects of Hand-Held CAS on Student Achievement in a First Year College Core Calculus Sequence" (with Kathleen Snook). International Journal of Computer Algebra in Mathematics Education. Volume 8, Number 2, pp 99-114. http://www.tech.plym.ac.uk/research/mathematics_education/field%20of%20work/ijtme/volume%208/number_two.htm

(2001) "A Technology Tale: Integrating Hand-Held CAS into a Mathematics Curriculum" (with Kathleen Snook). Teaching Mathematics and its Applications,Vol 20, No 4, pp. 171 190. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. http://www.tech.plym.ac.uk/research/mathematics_education/field%20of%20work/ijtme/volume%208/number_two.htm

(2004) "Creating Scripts (Mini Labs) Using The TI-89 Or Voyage 200 Text Editor With Executable Commands". The Mathematics Teacher. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Vol. 97, No. 5, May 2004, pp. 372-378. http://www.nctm.org/eresources/article_summary.asp?from=B&uri=MT2004-05-372a

(2010) "Exploring Fractal Dimension, Area and Volume" in MAA Notes # 76, The Beauty of Fractals: 6 Different Views edited by Denny Gulick and Jon Scott, the Mathematical Association of America,pp. 51-61. http://www.maa.org/ebooks/notes/NTE76.html

Publications in Books:

(1997) "Syllabus 9 -- First Year Calculus", in Kennedy, D. (Ed.), Teachers Guide -- AP Calculus. New York: The College Board.

(1998) "Expanding the Calculus Horizon Module: Robotics." In Anton, H, Calculus: A New Horizon. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp. 221-224.

(1998) "Expanding the Calculus Horizon Module: Functions from Data." In Anton, H, Calculus: A New Horizon. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp. 324-328.

(1998) "Expanding the Calculus Horizon Module: Comet Collision." In Anton, H, Calculus: A New Horizon. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp.755-758.

(2002) "Horizon Module: Robotics." In Anton, H., Bivens, I., and Davis, S. Calculus: Early Transcendentals (Seventh Edition). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp. 236-240.

(2002) "Horizon Module: Comet Collision." In Anton, H., Bivens, I., and Davis, S. Calculus:Early Transcendentals (Seventh Edition). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp. 785-787.

(2005) "Horizon Module: Comet Collision." In Anton, H., Bivens, I., and Davis, S. Calculus (Eighth Edition). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp. 787-789.

(2005) "Horizon Module: Comet Collision." In Anton, H., Bivens, I., and Davis, S. Calculus:Early Transcendentals (Eighth Edition). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp. 783-785.

(2009) "Horizon Module: Robotics." In Anton, H., Bivens, I., and Davis, S. Calculus: Early Transcendentals Combined (Ninth Edition). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., p. 184. http://higheredbcs.wiley.com/legacy/college/anton/0470183454/cal_horizons/Robotics_Anton_Calc_Chap2.pdf

(2009) "Horizon Module: Comet Collision." In Anton, H., Bivens, I., and Davis, S. Calculus:Early Transcendentals Combined (Ninth Edition). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. p.766.
http://higheredbcs.wiley.com/legacy/college/anton/0470183454/cal_horizons/Comet_Collision_Anton_Calc_Chap10.pdf

(2009) "Horizon Module: Robotics." In Anton, H., Bivens, I., and Davis, S. Calculus: Early Transcendentals, Single Variable (Ninth Edition). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., p. 184. http://higheredbcs.wiley.com/legacy/college/anton/0470183454/cal_horizons/Robotics_Anton_Calc_Chap2.pdf

(2009) "Horizon Module: Comet Collision." In Anton, H., Bivens, I., and Davis, S. Calculus:Early Transcendentals Single Varible (Ninth Edition). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. p.766.
http://higheredbcs.wiley.com/legacy/college/anton/0470183454/cal_horizons/Comet_Collision_Anton_Calc_Chap10.pdf

(2009) "Horizon Module: Comet Collision." In Anton, H., Bivens, I., and Davis, S. Calculus: Late Transcendentals, Single Variable (Ninth Edition). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., http://bcs.wiley.com/he-bcs/Books?action=mininav&bcsId=5010&itemId=0470183470&assetId=183805&resourceId=17568

(2009) "Expanding the Calculus Horizon Module: Functions from Data." In Anton, H, Bivens, I., and Davis, S., Calculus: Late Transcendentals Single Variable (Ninth Edition). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., http://bcs.wiley.com/he-bcs/Books?action=mininav&bcsId=5010&itemId=0470183470&assetId=183806&resourceId=17568

(2009) "Horizon Module: Robotics." ." In Anton, H, Bivens, I., and Davis, S., Calculus: Late Transcendentals Single Variable (Ninth Edition). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., http://bcs.wiley.com/he-bcs/Books?action=mininav&bcsId=5010&itemId=0470183470&assetId=183809&resourceId=17568

(2009) "Horizon Module: Robotics." In Anton, H., Bivens, I., and Davis, S. Calculus: Late Transcendentals Combined (Ninth Edition). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., http://higheredbcs.wiley.com/legacy/college/anton/0470183497/cal_horizons/robotics_chap2.pdf

(2009) "Horizon Module: Comet Collision." In Anton, H., Bivens, I., and Davis, S. Calculus:Late Transcendentals Combined (Ninth Edition). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., http://higheredbcs.wiley.com/legacy/college/anton/0470183497/cal_horizons/comet_chap10.pdf

(2009) "Horizon Module: Functions From Data." In Anton, H., Bivens, I., and Davis, S. Calculus:Late Transcendentals Combined (Ninth Edition). New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., http://higheredbcs.wiley.com/legacy/college/anton/0470183497/cal_horizons/functions_from_data.pdf


Publications of Instructional/Course Materials :

(1999) Calculus Short Course, CAS-CALC I, 1999: Enhancing the Teaching and Learning of Calculus With a Computer Algebra System (Editor and Contributor). The Technology College Short Course Program, The Ohio State University
(1999) The TI-89 in Discrete Dynamical Systems and Calculus. 1999 Adam Fellowship Technology Project. United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.

(2001) Twenty Algebra Activities, Resources for Instructors,Texas Instruments Website
http://www.education.ti.com/

(2001) Twenty Calculus Activities, Resources for Instructors,Texas Instruments Website
http://www.education.ti.com/

(2002) Twenty Statisitcs Activities, Resources for Instructors,Texas Instruments Website
http://www.education.ti.com/

Other Publications:

(2005) "Hand-Held Technology in Mathematics Teacher Preparation Courses", Teachers Teaching With Technology International Conference, Washington, D.C., March 18-20, 2005, Proceedings of the Teachers Teaching With Technology International Conference (CD)

(2006) "Hand-Held Technology in Mathematics MS and HS Teacher Preparation", Teachers Teaching With Technology International Conference, Denver, CO, February 24-26, 2006, Proceedings of the Teachers Teaching With Technology International Conference (CD)

(2007} "Exploring Fractals from Cantor Dust to the Fractal Skewed Web", Joint Meetings of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America in New Orleans, January 5-8, 2007, Abstracts of Papers Presented to the American Mathematical Society, Volume 28, Number 1, pg. 247.

(2007) "Reconceptualizing Content Courses for Prospective High School Mathematics Teachers", Joint Meetings of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America in New Orleans, January 5-8, 2007, Abstracts of Papers Presented to the American Mathematical Society, Volume 28, Number 1, pg. 306.

(2007) "Integrating Technology/Engineering Concepts Into The Teaching Of Mathematics In Middle School", International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics, Boston, MA, February 15-18, 2007, Proceedings of the Nineteenth International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (CD).

(2007) "Connecting Geometry, Algebra, Statistics, Trigonometry, and Calculus", Teachers Teaching With Technology International Conference, Chicago, IL, March 9-11, 2007, Proceedings of the Teachers Teaching With Technology International Conference (CD).

(2007-2008) NCTM/NCATE SPA Reports on Westfield State College Middle School Mathematics and Secondary Mathematics Teacher Preparation Programs

(2009) "Modeling the Spread of a Disease", Joint Meetings of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America, Washington, D.C., January 5-8, 2009, Abstracts of Papers Presented to the American Mathematical Society, Volume 30, Number 1, pg. 353

(2009) "Integrating Engineering Technology into the Teaching of Mathematics", Joint Meetings of the American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America, Washington, D.C., January 5-8, 2009, Abstracts of Papers Presented to the American Mathematical Society, Volume 30, Number 1, pg. 301