Ann Schonberger, Director
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976
Ann has taught full-time at the University since 1976. After fifteen years of teaching mathematics, she has directed the Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies Program since 1991. Besides administrative work she teaches one or two courses a year on Women and Education, Women and Science, or Introduction to Women’s Studies.
After earning masters degrees in both mathematics and mathematics teaching, Ann completed a Ph. D. in mathematics education. Her dissertation on mathematical problem solving was one of the first written on gender differences in mathematics. She has also done research on women’s persistence and performance in undergraduate majors in engineering and the physical sciences. She is now a member of the Maine Feminist Oral History Project, working on a collaborative history of Spruce Run, the battered women’s project in Bangor which was incorporated in 1973, making it one of the oldest in the country. This is truly a labor of love as she has been on Spruce Run’s steering committee since 1978.
On April 30, 2001 Ann received the Presidential Public Service Award, presented to her at the Academic Honors Convocation.
On May 1, 2006 she received the Merle Nelson Women Making a Difference Award at the state-wide annual meeting of Women, Work and Community.
A widow with two grown children and four beautiful grandchildren, Ann enjoys swimming, gardening, feminist mysteries, and travel.5728 Fernald Hall, room 101
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