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Department of Science/Mathematics Education Hires Assistant Professor and Math Educator

The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Phillip K. Kisunzu as Assistant Professor of the Department of Science/Mathematics Education.

Dr. Kisunzu received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences in 2008 from Northern Illinois University. He holds an M.S. Degree in Mathematics/Operations Research from California Polytechnic State University-Pomona and worked for some years as financial analyst in industry. Following his Ph.D. work, Dr. Kisunzu held a post-doctoral appointment at the University of Illinois at Chicago working with the Center for the Mathematics Education of Latinos/as.

His research interests in mathematics education are rooted in the investigation of the effects of:

  • reform-based curricula, where learning is inquiry-based and instruction is student-centered; learning is maximized when students actively engage in problematic situations that are relevant to real-life experiences, and challenge their conceptual understanding
  • teacher instructional practices on students' attitudes toward mathematics, and subsequent influence on student learning and achievement

"I plan to develop and establish a research agenda to investigate with a passion, the key factors and/or characteristics that shape the patterns, dispositions, or profiles of students’ participation, retention, engagement, and achievement in STEM related disciplines during the middle and high school years, and the first two years of college learning experience," Dr. Kisunzu said. "I am quite excited to be a team member of the Department of Science/Mathematics Education," he added.

Dr. Phillip Kisunzu will be joining The University of Texas at Dallas in August 2009.

  • Updated: February 6, 2006