Math Co-Integrate Seminar Series


Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 12:00pm


A322 Wells Hall, Michigan State University

Teena Gerhardt and Jane Zimmerman will be presenting at the upcoming Math Co-Integrate Seminar Series on April 24 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm. See the details below:

Abstract: With the development of multiple mathematics pathways for students at MSU, the population of College Algebra students are now primarily calculus bound. It is important that we do our best to ensure that these students leave College Algebra with the mathematical concepts and skills, as well as learning and self-assessment strategies required to be successful in subsequent STEM courses. This presentation will share the lessons learned over a 3-year journey of curriculum development and provide an overview of the content and pedagogy included in the one and two semester versions of college algebra that will be offered beginning fall semester 2018.

Bios: Teena Gerhardt is an Associate Professor in Mathematics at Michigan State University. Her research is in Algebraic Topology and Algebraic K-Theory. With an interest in improving Gateway Mathematics education, Gerhardt has worked on several course redesign projects in the Mathematics Department. She recently co-led a project to redesign Math 124, Survey of Calculus I, and she is currently one of the leaders of the team redeveloping College Algebra at MSU.

Jane Zimmerman is currently the Math Learning Center Coordinator and a Mathematics Instructor at Michigan State University. She received the J.S. Frame Teaching Excellence Award in 2016 and currently is involved in the Dow STEM Scholars program. Prior to her career at MSU, Ms. Zimmerman earned her B.S. in Mathematics at Eastern Michigan University (1990). She then entered the private sector working as a Statistician, advancing in Quality Engineer and then Project Manager. She also worked with North Central Michigan College Institute of Business and Industry Training providing courses on continuous improvement strategies and facilitating cross-functional problem solving teams. Her love of teaching led her to earn her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction at Ferris State University and begin a 10-year career teaching secondary mathematics at Gaylord Public Schools.