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Urban Education Faculty - Jacqueline Sack

Jacqueline Sack

Associate Professor

Office: C-430J

Curriculum Vitae

I taught middle and high school mathematics for 18 years, ten of which were in a Houston ISD middle school. In 2003, I left the classroom to become a curriculum writer, and later, to manage a high school mathematics lead teacher institute for Rice University for over 4 years, prior to taking on my current academic position at UHD. During that time, I engaged in doctoral studies, where I focused on how students develop geometric and visual understanding. My research interest in that area continues with a visualization project in a third grade classroom that meets weekly after school, now in its 8th year. Having been a successful mathematics educator for almost 30 years, I still aim to get to know my students' strengths and weaknesses, and to make their learning experiences personally meaningful, especially since they are becoming teachers. 

​University of Houston                               Ed.D.      Mathematics Education

Sam Houston State University                M.L.S       Library Science

Witwatersrand University, South Africa    B.Sc.      Chemistry

Witwatersrand University, South Africa​    B.Sc.      Chemistry, Mathematics

My research and academic interests focus on how learners best acquire geometric or visual concepts. I am also interested in how a teacher or instructor can deliberately enhance classroom climate by attending to specific aspects that must be in balance to maximize the potential for learning. 


Sack, J., Quander, R., Redl, T., & Leveille, N. (2015). The community of practice among mathematics and mathematics education faculty members at an urban minority serving institution in the U. S. Innovative Higher Education. Available online at doi:10.1007/s10755-015-9340-9

Sack, J. (2013). Development of a top-view numeric coding teaching-learning trajectory within an elementary grades 3-D visualization design research project. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 32(2), 183-196. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2011.03.031

Sack, J., & Vazquez, I. (2012). The Geocadabra Construction Box: Open source geometry interface within a 3D visualization program for elementary children. In Méndez-Vilas, A. (Ed.) Education in a technological world: communicating current and emerging research and technological efforts. Badajoz, Spain: Formatex Research Center, 505-512.

Sack, J. (2011). Fostering creative minds through problem solving in a 3-D visualization design research program. In Craig, C. J., & Deretchin, L. F. (Eds.). Cultivating Curious and Creative Minds: The Role of Teachers and Teacher Educators, Part II, Teacher Education Yearbook XIX, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education, 200-220. (Also published in Action and Teacher Education: The Journal of the Association of Teacher Educators, 32(5-6), December 2010, 200-220.)

Sack, J. & Vazquez, I. (2011). Development of a learning trajectory to conceptualize and represent volume using top-view coding. In Ubuz, B. (Ed.). Proceedings of the 35th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Ankara, Turkey, 4, 89-96.

​University of Houston Downtown Teacher Quality Mathematics Leadership Project, February, 2012-April, 2014, funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Teacher Quality Program ($226,851): Principal Investigator/Director.

Recruiting and Preparing UHD Mathematics Majors for Houston-Area Classrooms: The UHD Noyce Mathematics Teacher Scholarship Program, August, 2011-July, 2016, funded by the National Science Foundation ($1,079,257); Co-Principal Investigator.

Transforming Mathematics Courses for Urban Pre-Service Teachers (TMC-UPT), September, 2010- May, 2011, funded by The College and Career Readiness Initiative:  Mathematics Faculty Collaborative, to support collaboration between UE faculty and CMS faculty who teach mathematics content courses for students entering the UE certification program ($10,000); Principal Investigator.

Pi Mu Epsilon National Honorary Mathematics Society, Texas Nu Chapter induction in recognition of superior achievement in the field of mathematics, April 30, 2013
University of Houston Downtown Faculty Development Award, 2013 ($3,100)
Houston Council of Teachers of Mathematics Middle School Mathematics Teacher of the Year, 1996
Edyth May Sliffe Award (American Mathematics Competitions), 1998​

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