University of Minnesota
Driven to Discover

CEHD Wordmark - Print Version

Postsecondary Teaching & Learning
206 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Voice: 612-626-8705


Irene Duranczyk

Associate Professor

Postsecondary Teaching & Learning
233 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr S E

Office hours:
Office hours are available by prearranging an appointment through email.

Ed.D. Grambling State University, College of Education Developmental Education: Higher Education Administration and Management, Cognate: Mathematics Education
Grambling, LA

Curriculum Vitea


To investigate the institutional barriers and the cognitive and affective blocks students face when taking mathematics at the college level. The knowledge generated from this research will be used for developing pedagogical processes and assessment practices that prepare students for success in college-level mathematics. This research will advance opportunities for students taking mathematics or mathematics-based courses to obtain the skills necessary to complete a college education and the confidence to pursue a college degree that requires advanced mathematical skills.

I am a first generation college student; the first woman in my family to receive a degree beyond high school.

I started my career as a high school chemistry teacher in a Detroit, Michigan and worked in a street academy with marginalized students throughout the ‘70s and with community groups during the implementation of court ordered desegregation in the Detroit Public School.

I taught developmental mathematics education from 1990-2007. I was a program administrator of developmental education at the post-secondary level from 1980-2002. My research has been on the impact of developmental mathematics education, highlighting the voices and views of the students in four year institutions. I have also taken a critical look at the pedagogy and materials used in developmental mathematics as a result of my research in the impact and effectiveness of developmental education.

I was born in Detroit and lived my adult life there until 2002. I am now a resident of Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis.

Academic and professional positions (selected)

Program administrator, developmental mathematics, Eastern Michigan University. Campus Dean/Director, Jordan College. President, Midwest Careers Institute.



Multicultural Teaching  and Learning Fellow, sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota


College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), Office of Research and Policy Summer Research Grant. ($4852.00)

Determining the institutional factors and student characteristics that correlate with student success in mathematics and the retention and graduation of undergraduate students in CEHD


National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) Outstanding Research Conducted by a Developmental Education Practitioner Award ($500.00)


Selected Publications

  1. Sitomer, A., Ström, A., Mesa, V., Duranczyk, I., Nabb, K., Smith, J., & Yannotta, M. (2012). M0ving from anecdote to evidence: A proposed research agenda in community college mathematics education.  MathAMATYC Educator, 4(1), 34-39.

  2. Duranczyk, I. M., & Higbee, J. L. (2012). Designing distance education for access and equity: Structure and content. Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, Madison, WI

  3. Duranczyk, I. M. & Higbee, J. L. (2012) Constructs of Integrated Multicultural Instructional Design (IMID) for the Mathematics Classroom. Journal of Mathematics and Culture, 6(1),148-177.

  4. Higbee, J. L., Duranczyk, I. M., & Buturian, L. (2011). Implementing Integrated Multicultural Instructional Design in Blended Courses. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, Madison, WI

  5. Fayon, A. K., Goff, E., & Duranczyk, I. M. (2010) Impacting the attitudes of ELL students in an Introductory Science Course through integrated learning communities. The Learning Assistance Review,  15(2), 7-19

  6. Duranczyk, I. M. (2009). Technology resources: Mathematics accessibility for all not accommodation for some. MathAMATYC Educator, 1(1), 18-22.

  7. Higbee, J. L., Duranczyk, I. M., & Ghere, D. L. (2008). Multicultural awareness project for institutional transformation: Making the case for Universal Instructional Design. In F. Ferrier & M. Heagney (Eds.), Higher education in diverse communities. global perspectives, local initiatives (pp. 60-65). European Access Network and Higher Education Authority, Ireland

  8. Duranczyk, I. M. & Fayon, A. K. (2008). Successful undergraduate mathematics through universal instructional design of essential course components, pedagogy, and assessment. In J. L. Higbee & E. Goff (Eds.), Pedagogy and student services for institutional transformation: Implementing Universal Design in higher education (pp. 137-163). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development.

  9. Duranczyk, I. M. (2008). Characteristics of successful developmental mathematics education programs and students Part III. The AMATYC Review, 30(1), 48-56.

  10. Duranczyk, I. M. & Lee, A. (2007). Process pedagogy in a first-year learning community. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 11(2), 31-35.

Selected Presentations

  1. Duranczyk, I. M. (February, 2011) Critical Multicultural Instruction for Undergraduate Mathematical Thinking Courses. Paper and Poster presented at the Seventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME). Rzeszow, Poland

  2. Duranczyk, I. M. (2010, July), Integrated Multicultural Instructional Design (IMID) for undergraduate mathematical thinking courses. Paper (Duranczyk & Higbee) and poster presented at the International Conference on Ethnomathematics (ICEM), Towson, MD.

  3. Duranczyk, I. M. (2010, May). Facilitating undergraduate mathematics education research goals among and between college campuses. Presentation at the MinnesotaMathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges and Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MinnMATYC/MCTM) Spring Math Conference. Duluth, MN.

  4. Lee, A., Williams, R., & Duranczyk I. M. (2010, February). Excellence for all: Integrating student learning and development. Presentation at the 29th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience (FYE), Denver, CO.

  5. Higbee, J. L. Duranczyk, I. M. & Ghere, D. (2007, June). Multicultural awareness project for institutional transformation: Making the case for Universal Instructional Design. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the European Access Network (EAN), Galway, Ireland.

| Postsecondary Teaching & Learning| 206 Burton Hall | 178 Pillsbury Dr. SE | Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA | Tel: 612-626-8705 | Fax: 612-625-0709

© 2014 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer
Last modified on 11/8/2011