Dr. Benson's professional interests include number theory, problem solving, the history of mathematics, and teacher education.
Professional Title: Associate Professor of Mathematics
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Algebraic Number Theory, Problem Solving, Content-based professional development for inservice and preservice teachers
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Mathematics in Context, Problem Solving, Calculus I-III, Transition to Abstract Mathematics through Number Theory, Topics in Geometry, Field Research in Mathematics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Calculus, Geometry I & II, Functions & Algebra I & II, and Number Theory in the Graduate School of Education
Education: BS, University of Texas at Austin; MS, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: • 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
Fun Facts: Plays alto, tenor, and bass trombone with Calliope (Boston's collaborative choral/orchestral ensemble), Summer Street Brass, Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra, MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Harvard and Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players, among other groups.
Tell me and I will forgetShow me and I may not rememberInvolve me and I will understand(Native American Saying)Mathematics is like a video game - it can be fun, but it requires effort.And if you just sit and watch, you’re wasting your quarter (and semester).
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