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  • Dr. Kathy Clark

    Associate Professor

    G124 Stone Building

    (850) 644-8497

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  • Dr. Clark’s primary research interests lie in two fields, mathematics education and history of mathematics. In the former, her research investigates ways in which prospective and in-service mathematics teachers use history of mathematics in teaching and the ways in which the study of history of mathematics impacts mathematical knowledge for teaching. In the latter, her historical research is focused on 17th– and 18th– century mathematics, with a particular emphasis on the early development of logarithms, as well as the “shoebox papers” of the Paul A. M. Dirac Collection at Florida State University.

    Dr. Clark’s research has been published in such journals such BSHM Bulletin: The Journal of the British Society of History of Mathematics, Research in Mathematics Education, Nordic Studies in Mathematics Education (NOMAD), and Educational Studies in Mathematics. Her book, Jost Bürgi’s Aritmetische und Geometrische Progress Tabulen (1620), was published by Birkhauser/Springer in 2015 (http://www.springer.com/us/book/9781493931606).

    Dr. Clark’s current research efforts include the TRIUMPHS (Transforming Instruction in Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Historical Sources) collaborative research project and the “ÜberPro” project with colleagues in Germany.

    Dr. Clark is an active member of a variety of professional organizations, including the History of Science Society (HSS), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE). She serves on the Advisory Board of the International Study Group on the Relations between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM Group). As a member of this group, she assists with publication of the group’s newsletter and serves on scientific program committees for meetings focused on HPM. She also continues to serve the international HPM community as a member of numerous organizing teams for history in mathematics education working/study groups at CERME, HPM, and ICME conferences.

    Dr. Clark spent 12 years as a high school mathematics teacher, teaching in a variety of contexts (urban, gifted, and residential environments) in both Florida and Mississippi. She received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction (with an emphasis in Mathematics Education) from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2006, where she was a doctoral fellow at the Mid-Atlantic Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning (MAC-MTL). Prior to her graduate work at Maryland, she spent one year on Capitol Hill as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow.

    In August 2015, Dr. Clark was awarded a grant via a private College of Education donor to fund the Tallahassee Math Circle for Homeschooling Families. Her role in the project is to watch in wonder how current and former FSU students bring engaging mathematics lessons to Tallahassee children aged 4-11.