Each Tuesday, we sit down with members of the faculty to discuss their expertise, recent research and some of their accomplishments. This week, USFSM takes a closer look at Dr. Patricia Hunsader.
Dr. Tricia Hunsader is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, and teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate mathematics education. She serves as the Coordinator of Assessment for the College of Education, and as Vice President of the USF System Faculty Council. Dr. Hunsader earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Elementary Education and a cognate in Mathematics Education from the University of South Florida, Tampa in 2005. In 2011, she was named a STaR Fellow (Service, Teaching, and Research), a distinction among mathematics educators. Her research interests focus on the mathematical processes embedded in mathematical tasks, as well as the influence of mathematics curriculum on student achievement. She is co-author of Mathematics: A Good Beginning, 7th ed. (2013), and Mathematical Literacy: Helping Students Make Meaning in the Middle Grades (2008), has published articles in journals including Reading Teacher, International Journal of Mathematics Teaching and Learning, ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education, and Annual Perspectives in Mathematics Education, and has presented her research nationally and internationally. She has conducted professional development workshops for teachers in the United States, Cambodia, and Guatemala, and has taught both elementary school and high school mathematics.