Want to learn more about NSF's Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)? Join us March 15, 2016 at 3pm ET for an informational webinar led by NSF Program Officer Karen King. The presenters–Michelle Cirillo, Melissa Luna, and Bill Zahn–are current CAREER awardees who will give their perspectives on preparing a CAREER proposal and leading STEM Education projects as first-time PIs.
Meet the Presenters:
Associate Professor, University of Delaware
Michelle Cirillo received her PhD from Iowa State University in 2008 after working as a high school mathematics teacher in NY for 8 years. Cirillo’s primary research interests include the teaching of disciplinary practices (i.e., mathematical proof and modeling), classroom discourse, and teachers’ use of curriculum materials. She is especially interested in the space where these three areas intersect. As a co-PI on an NSF Discovery Research K-12 grant, Cirillo has been working with researchers from Michigan State University and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to design and pilot professional development materials to support secondary mathematics teachers’ facilitation of classroom discourse. In 2010, Cirillo was awarded a research fellowship from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation to pursue a three-year study on the teaching of proof in high school geometry. She is currently the PI of an NSF-CAREER grant titled Proof in Secondary Classrooms: Decomposing a Central Mathematical Practice, which builds on the Knowles project.
Program Director, National Science Foundation
Karen King is a program director at the National Science Foundation(NSF) in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings in the Education and Human Resources Directorate. Previously she served as director of research for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the largest professional association of mathematics teachers in the world. Her current research focuses on urban mathematics reform, the mathematics preparation of elementary and secondary teachers, and the policies of mathematics teacher professional development. She has been the PI or co-PI on several NSF-funded grants. King has a BS in Mathematics from Spelman College and a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Assistant Professor, West Virginia University
Melissa J. Luna is a recent recipient of an NSF DRK-12 CAREER award titled Investigating Fifth Grade Teachers’ Knowledge of Noticing Appalachian Students’ Thinking in Science. She is currently an assistant professor of science education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at West Virginia University. She earned her PhD in the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University in 2013. Her research interests include elementary teachers’ noticing and sense-making of students’ scientific thinking, and elementary teacher preparation and professional development in science.
Associate Professor, San Diego State University
Bill Zahner a member of the faculty in the mathematics department at San Diego State University. Zahner’s research focuses on how we can improve mathematics learning for all students, especially English Learners. Zahner is PI of the NSF DR K-12 CAREER grant Designing Learning Environments to Foster Productive and Powerful Discussions among Linguistically Diverse Students in Secondary Mathematics. Bill did his graduate studies at UC Santa Cruz where he was a fellow of the Center for the Mathematics Education of Latinos and Latinas. Prior to life as a researcher, Zahner taught high school mathematics for six years, including three years in the Federated States of Micronesia.