|Natasha Speer, PhD
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
234 Neville Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Office Phone: (207) 581-3937
Natasha graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, and in 1990 with a master’s degree in mathematics education from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. In 2001, she received her Ph.D. in Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology at the University of California at Berkeley. She has been a member of the Physics Education Research Laboratory since 2009.
Currently, she is working on video cases for novice college mathematics instructor professional development and the project “On The Job Learning: Graduate Student Instructors’ Development of Knowledge for Teaching,” which seeks to study newly formed teaching-related knowledge in novice college physics instructors.
Natasha is and has been teaching the courses Calculus I (MAT 126), Mathematics for Secondary School Teachers (MAT 305), Integrated Approaches in Mathematics Education I and II (SMT 505/506), as well as the Mathematics Teaching Assistant Teaching & Learning Seminar (MAT 500).
In her research, Natasha examines the influence that mathematical knowledge for teaching has on college mathematics instructors’ teaching practices.
Speer, N., Smith, J., & Horvath, A. (2010). Collegiate mathematics teaching: An unexamined practice, Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 29(2), 99-114.
Speer, N. & Wagner, J. (2009). Knowledge needed by a teacher to provide analytic scaffolding during undergraduate mathematics classroom discussions, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 40(5), 530-565.
Kung, D. & Speer, N. (2009). Teaching assistants learning to teach: Recasting early teaching experiences as rich learning opportunities, Studies in Graduate and Professional Student Development, 12, 133-152.