NKU mathematics education professor earns national Early Career Scholar Award

For immediate release…
Wednesday – July 3, 2013

- Jonathan Thomas, assistant professor of mathematics education at Northern Kentucky University, has been honored with the School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA) Early Career Scholar Award.

The award will be presented at the organization’s annual convention in San Antonio this November. Thomas will also receive $500, a one-year membership to SSMA and a convention fee waiver. In addition, he will deliver a presentation about his recent research at the convention. Dr. Thomas’ research interests include teacher noticing, quantitative imagery and learning trajectories.

Thomas teaches in the NKU Department of Teacher Education and also works for the Kentucky Center for Mathematics, which is housed at NKU. He has a Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction: mathematics education and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati as well as a bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Kentucky. Prior to his tenure at NKU, Thomas served as a mathematics intervention specialist and worked with struggling Greater Cincinnati elementary and middle-grade students.

“My work in the education profession has been the most challenging and rewarding thing I have ever done,” said Thomas. “I am fascinated by the paths that children take as they come to understand quantity.”

The SSMA was founded in 1901 and is one of the oldest national organizations dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning in science and mathematics. It also publishes a monthly journal of peer-reviewed research in science and mathematics. The organization has a large and active membership in both the K-12 and the post-secondary communities.

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