Steven Benson

Associate Professor

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Steven's areas of academic focus and expertise include: algebraic number theory, problem solving, and content-based professional development for inservice and preservice teachers. At Lesley, he teaches courses in a variety of topics, such as Mathematics in Context, Abstract Algebra Problem Solving, Multivariable Calculus, and Transition to Abstract Mathematics through Number Theory.

He holds a BS from the University of Texas at Austin as well as an MS and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


  • “Accessible Algebra: 30 Modules to Promote Algebraic Reasoning, Grades 7-10,” with Anne M. Collins, Stenhouse Publishers, 2017
  • Contributing author, Lenses on Learning Secondary: Leadership for Mathematics Education in Middle and High Schools, Grant, Cathy M. et al., Corwin Press, 2009.
  • “Problem Solving by Analogy/Problem Solving as Analogy,” The Mathematics Educator, Fall 2007, 17(2), 2-6.
  • Ways to Think About Mathematics: Activities and Investigations for Grade 6-12 Teachers, with Susan Addington, Nina Arshavsky, Al Cuoco, Paul Goldenberg, and Eric Karnowski, Corwin Press, 2004.


  • Presentations at Joint Meetings of American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America: January 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
  • Session Organizer: Influences of the Calculus Reform Movement on the Teaching of Mathematics (contributed paper session) and Calculus Reform: 25 Years Later (panel), AMS-MAA Joint Meetings, January 2011
  • Moderator for Panel Beyond Grading and Tutoring: New approaches to students helping students, AMS-MAA Joint Meetings, January 2010
  • Panelist, Developing Content-based Masters Programs for Inservice Mathematics Teachers, San Jose CA (Mathfest SIGMAA panel), August 2007
  • Special Session Organizer, Building and Sustaining Communities of Mathematicians and Teachers, AMS-MAA Joint Meetings, January 2007