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MS Faculty - R. Judith Quander

R. Judith Quander

Associate Professor

Office: S720
713-226-5281
quanderr@uhd.edu

After completing a master's degree in Mathematics, I became a middle school mathematics teacher in Tucson, Arizona. That experience influenced my decision to pursue mathematics education as a career. I earned my Ph.D. in Mathematics Education with a focus on looking at differences in instructional style in tracked high school mathematics classrooms. I looked at how high school mathematics teachers changed their instructional focus and style depending on the perceived ability level of the students. I have also worked as the Director of Research at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics where I focused on making research findings accessible to practicing teacher.


  • ​Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Georgia
  • MS, Mathematics, University of Arizona
  • Bachelor of Art, Plan II, The University of Texas
  • Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, The University of Texas

​​Math 3321 Mathematics Concepts 1
Math 3322 Mathematics Concepts 2
Math 3303 Geometry for Secondary Teachers
Math 3313 Mathematics Topics for Secondary Teachers​

Dr. Quander has a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at UH-Downtown. She has worked at various institutions of Higher Education for 15+ years. Dr. Quander has numerous publications. She has also received several grants.

Graduate Coursework:

  • MATH 523A: Real Analysis
  • MATH 511A: Algebra
  • MATH 586: Case Study Applied
  • MATH 534A: Topology-Geometry
  • MATH 534B: Topology-Geometry
  • MATH 511B: Algebra
  • MATH 525B: Real Analysis Several
  • MATH 524: Theory of Complex Variables
  • MATH 539: Algebraic Coding

Teaching Experience:

  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, the University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, TX, ​August 2010 – present.
  • Middle School Mathematics Teacher, Sierra Middle School, Tucson, AZ, August 2000 – June 2002.

University of Houston-Downtown

  • Math 3313 Mathematics Topics for Secondary Teachers 
  • Math 1305 Finite Mathematics
  • Math 1300 Intermediate Algebra
  • Math 1301 College Algebra
  • Math 3321 (Mathematical Concepts 1)
  • Math 3321 (Mathematical Concepts 1)
  • Hybrid​ Math 3321 (Mathematical Concepts 1) 


Publications

Sack, J., Quander, J, Redl, T and 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: DOI: 10.1007/s10755-015-9340-9 (Appendix 3a and 3b)

Quander, J. (2013). Supporting mathematically talented high school students. Texas Mathematics Teacher. LX (2): 23-26. Website: http://www.tctmonline.org/
(Appendix 4)

Quander, J. and Goffney, I. (2013). Designing the online portion of hybrid pedagogy and content courses for preservice teachers. Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (ELEARN), Las Vegas. Website: http://www.editlib.org/search/?q=Quander&submit=Go
(Appendix 1a and 1b)

Goffney, I. & Quander, J. (2012). “Considering hybrid mathematics content and methods courses for preservice teachers.”  2012 SITE (Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education) Conference in Austin, Texas. (Appendix 2a and 2b)

Quander, J. and Sack, J. (2014). Retaining and Supporting Nontraditional Future High School Mathematics Teachers. Presented at the Eighteenth Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), Irvine, CA. 
(Appendix 14)

Leveille, N., Orta, K. and Quander, J. (2014). Developing a Research-Based Practitioner for Today’s Classrooms. Presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional Conference, Houston, TX. 
(Appendix 15)

Quander, J. (2014). Taking Care of Mathematically Talented Students. Presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional Conference, Houston, TX. 
(Appendix 6 and 15)

Quander, J. (2013). The UHD Noyce Mathematics Teacher Scholarship Program. Presented at The NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program  
Conference: Washington, DC. 
(Appendix 5)

Quander, J. and Goffney, I. (2013). Designing the online portion of hybrid pedagogy and content courses for preservice teachers. Presented at the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (ELEARN), Las Vegas.
(Appendix 1a)

Quander, R. (2012). Cross-Disciplinary Faculty Collaborations in Efforts to Recruit, Prepare, and Retain Secondary Mathematics Teachers. Presented at the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Conference, Washington, DC: May, 2012. 

Goffnedy, I and Quander, J. (2012). Considering hybrid mathematics methods and content courses for preservice teachers. Presented at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), Austin. 
(Appendix 2a) 

Research Interest

My current research focuses on the preparation of mathematics majors for high school mathematics teaching. In particular, I look at how content courses, informal field experiences and working with faculty supports students in their preservice teacher education. I am also working with faculty in Urban Education to understand how faculty can better support high school mathematics teachers during their first few years of teaching. Other interests include issues of access to high-quality opportunities in mathematics education for students of color and teaching online mathematics courses. 

Awards

NSF grant, "Collaborative Research: Understanding Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Outcomes in Texas," in collaboration with UH-Central and five additional Texas IHEs:

  • Awarded $49,847
  •  July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019

NSF/Noyce (CoPI) ESPRIT de Corps: Expanding STEM Professional's Roles in Teaching (funded)

  • September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2020
  • $1.4 million
  • To provide scholarships to support STEM professionals transitioning to secondary STEM teaching positions=

UHD Recruiting and Preparing UHD Mathematics Majors for Houston-Area Classrooms: The UHD Noyce Mathematics Teacher Scholarship Program (NSF) (funded)

  • August 2011 – present
  • Wrote and secured a NSF grant to provide scholarships for UHD students majoring in mathematics and earning secondary teaching certification
  • PI

Using Research to Target Title I Needs in Mathematics (NSF) (funded)

  • August 2009 – August 2010
  • Wrote and secured a NSF grant for funding to create policy briefs based on mathematics education research for Title 1 directors
  • Led this initiative and managed the intellectual aspects of the project

The Research Agenda Conference (NSF) (funded)

  • May 2007 – May 2008
  • Wrote and secured a NSF grant for funding for a conference bringing together researchers and practitioners to identify important practitioner-based questions for research. 

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