Our Faculty

Kimberly Sofronas

Associate Professor of Mathematics Education


Contact Information

617-975-9034


Office Hours

Office: Cardinal Cushing Library, Room G08G

Office hours: Mondays, 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.; Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m.; Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; or by appointment


Education

Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Connecticut


Bio

I completed my Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut in 2004. I taught high school mathematics for several years in public schools in the Greater Boston area.  Currently, I am an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Education at Emmanuel College, where my primary pedagogical focus is on the development of K-12 pre-service teachers of mathematics. My research interests center on the teaching and learning of calculus.

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I was awarded a technology grant for the 2013 - 2014 academic year to integrate the use of iPad technology into the mathematical preparation of our elementary pre-service teachers. I am excited about the innovative iPad projects my students will be working on in this academic year.

My students in EDUC 3213 author their own fraction counting books and share them with students at Mission Grammar K - 8 school in Roxbury, MA.

I have been working in collaboration with Dr. Blidi Stemn - an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Hofstra University, on a program to involve teacher candidates in the development of mathematical materials and resources for elementary students and teachers in Liberia, Africa. The program is in its third year and has evolved to focus on the need for greater global competence among pre-service teachers in the U.S., the development of culturally relevant mathematical materials, and high-quality professional development for Liberian teachers. As a result of this collaborative project, I was invited to serve as a board member and Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Education First Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and rebuild schools and schooling in Liberia. Learn more about Education First Inc. on their Facebook page.

Read more about my collaboration with Education First Inc. in Emmanuel's Summer 2012 magazine.

Courses I Teach

  • MATH1101 College Algebra
  • MATH1117 Introduction to Statistics
  • MATH1120 Foundations of Mathematics for Teachers I
  • MATH1122 Foundations of Mathematics for Teachers II
  • MATH2122 Foundations of Mathematics for Teachers III
  • MATH2104 College Geometry
  • EDUC1111 The Great American Experiment: Education for All in a Diverse Society
  • EDUC2311 Secondary Curriculum, Assessment and Instructional Design for Diverse Learners I
  • EDUC2312 Secondary Curriculum, Assessment and Instructional Design for Diverse Learners II
  • EDUC2212 Elementary Curriculum, Assessment and Instructional Design for Diverse Learners II
  • EDUC3213 Elementary Mathematics Methods
  • EDUC4467 Student Teaching Practicum
  • EDUC4468 Student Teaching Capstone Seminar

Thanks to the ATIG technology grant I received in the fall of 2013, some of the students in my EDUC3213 Elementary Mathematics Methods course were able to publish children's math literature books.



The Cookie Catastrophe

Authors: Evaldina Furtado, Paige Sullivan & Christina Quinlan
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Pumpkin Picking with the Petersons

Authors: Grant Kuehl, Courtney Grand & Sarah Wootten
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A Winter Day at the Frog Pond

Authors: Megan Dowdell & Rachel Black
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Publications + Presentations

Publications

  • Sofronas, K.S., DeFranco, T.C., Swaminathan, H., Gorgievski, N., Vinsonhaler, C., Wiseman, B., & Escolas, S. (2015). A study of calculus instructors' perceptions of approximation as a unifying thread of the first-year calculus. International Journal of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education. DOI 10.1007/s40753-015-0019-5
  • Kuehl, Grant; Sofronas, K.S.; and Lau, Abigail, "Pre-service and In-service Teachers' Rubric Assessments of Mathematical Problem Solving" (2015). NERA Conference Proceedings 2014. Paper 1. http://digitalcommons.uconn.edu/nera_2014/1
    Sofronas, K. S.
    , Tom, M., & Lederman, J. (2012). An EM-Algorithm-Based Approach for Predicting Teacher Candidates' Success on the Communication and Literacy Skills Test for Educator Licensure. Case Studies in Business, Industry, and Government Statistics. http://www.bentley.edu/centers/csbigs/volume-5-number-1
  • Sofronas, K. S., DeFranco, T. C., Vinsonhaler, C., Gorgievski, N., Schroeder, L., & Hamelin, C. (2011). What does it mean to understand the first-year calculus? Perspectives of 24 experts. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 30(2), 131 - 148.http://ars.els-cdn.com/content/image/S07323123.gif
  • Gorgievski, N., DeFranco, T. C., Swaminathan, H., & Sofronas, K. S. (2010). The overtime rule in the national football league: Fair or unfair? MathAMATYC Educator, 2(1), 56 - 60.
  • Sofronas, K. S., & DeFranco, T. C. (2010). An examination of the knowledge base for teaching among mathematics faculty teaching calculus in higher education. In F. Hitt, D. Holten, & P. Thompson (Vol. Eds.), Conference board of the mathematical sciences issues in mathematics education: Research in collegiate mathematics education, Vol. VII. Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society.
  • McGivney-Burelle, J., DeFranco, T.C., Vinsonhaler, C. & Santucci, K. (2001). Building bridges: Improving the teaching practices of TAs in the mathematics department. Journal of Graduate Teaching Assistant Development 8(2), 55- 63.
  • Santucci, K., Gable, R. K. (1997, October). Students' attitudes toward campus safety. Paper presented at the Twenty-eighth Annual Conference of the Northeastern Educational Research Association, NY.
  • Dicicco, R., Duffy, J., Lecky, S., Santucci, K., Vinsonhaler, C. I. & Wickless, W. J. (1995). TI-82 LABS. Storrs, CT: University of Connecticut Printing.

Presentations

  • Kuehl, G., Sofronas, K.S., & Lau, A. (2014). An exploration of rater reliability between pre-service and in-service teachers' rubric assessments of mathematical problem solving. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Northeastern Educational Research Association, October 22 - 24; Trumbull, CT.
  • Sofronas, K.S., DeFranco, T.C., Swaminathan, H., Gorgievski, N., Vinsonhaler, C., Wiseman, B., & Escolas, S. (2014). Approximation: A connection construct of the first-year calculus. Preliminary report presented at the 17th Annual Conference for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, Denver, CO, February 27 - March, 1.
  • Sofronas, K. S., Gorgievski, N., DeFranco, T. C., Vinsonhaler, C., Schroeder, L., & Hamelin, C. (2011, January). What does it mean to understand the first-year calculus? Perspectives of 24 experts. Paper presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, New Orleans, LA.
  • Tom, M. & Sofronas, K. S. (2010, December). Predicting teacher candidates' success for educator licensure. Paper presented at the Boston Chapter of the American Statistical Association Lecture Series. Boston, MA.
  • Sofronas, K.S., Gorgievski, N., Schroeder, L., Hamelin, C., DeFranco, T., & Vinsonhaler, C. (2007, February). The calculus project: What does it mean to understand the first-year calculus? Presented at the annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, San Diego, CA.
  • Santucci, K., & DeFranco, T. C. (2004, October). An examination of the knowledge base for teaching among university mathematics faculty teaching calculus. Short oral paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Toronto, Canada.
  • Santucci, K., DeFranco, T.C. & McGivney-Burelle, J. (2004, January). An examination of the knowledge base and instructional practice of two undergraduate mathematics faculty teaching calculus. Presented at the annual joint meeting of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Santucci, K., DeFranco, T. C. & McGivney-Burelle, J. (2002, October). An examination of the knowledge base for teaching among university mathematics faculty teaching calculus. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Athens, GA.
  • Santucci, K., DeFranco, T.C. & McGivney-Burelle, J. (2001, October). Teacher knowledge base: An examination of the knowledge base of university mathematics faculty teaching calculus. Presented at the Thirty-second Annual Conference of the Northeastern Educational Research Association, Hudson Valley, NY.
  • Santucci, K., Gable, R. K. (1997, October). Students' attitudes toward campus safety. Paper presented at the Twenty-eighth Annual Conference of the Northeastern Educational Research Association, NY.

Grants + Recognition

Emmanuel College Teaching with Technology Grant Recipient, Fall 2013

Research Focus

I presented a preliminary report entitled, "Approximation: A Connecting Construct of the First-Year Calculus?" at the 17th Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education in Denver, CO 2/27/14 - 3/1/14. Brianna Wiseman (Double-Major in Mathematics and Education, Class of 2015) and Sam Escolas (Mathematics Major, Class of 2015) presented with me as did another colleague from Nichols College, Dr. Nicholas Gorgievski.

From left to right in the photo is Sam Escolas, Nicholas Gorgievski, me, and Brianna Wiseman.



My research interests include the knowledge base for teaching among mathematics faculty in higher education and the teaching and learning of calculus. I am currently working on a national research study designed to examine the role of approximation in the first-year calculus curriculum.

I am also advising Grant Kuehl '15, an elementary education major, on his research for Distinction in the Field of Education. The study will examine differences between pre-service and in-service teachers with respect to their evaluation of 4th-grade mathematical work samples using a rubric tool.