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Susan Staats

Associate Professor

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

Office hours:
Tuesday and Thursday, 10 - 11, and by appointment.

Ph.D. (2003), M.A. Cultural Anthropology, Indiana University.
M.S., B.S. Mathematics, Ohio State University

Curriculum Vitea

My research addresses mathematical contexts for learning in two ways: (1) interdisciplinary contexts for algebra and (2) the linguistics of collaborative problem solving. Theoretically, my research is rooted in the anthropological field known as the ethnography of speaking, which takes verbal communication as the primary perspective on social life. The field focuses on artful, expressive performances carried out by purposeful social actors. Its major method is to account for the social meanings of speech through the analysis of linguistic form. If language affects people, their relationships, their beliefs and knowledge, then it must do so through formal features that we can hear and describe. In my publications, I have tried to identify perspectives and methods within the ethnography of speaking that offer conceptual and analytical precision to mathematics education research, specifically with regard to the ways in which teachers and students both create contexts for learning.

Selected Publications

  1. Staats, S., Sintjago, A., & Fitzpatrick, R. (accepted). Kiva Microloans in a Learning Community: An Assignment for Interdisciplinary Synthesis. Innovative Higher Education 38(3).

  2.  Staats, S., Link, A., Robertson, D., Sintjago, A. (accepted).  iPads in an algebra writing assignment. Academic Exchange Quarterly.

  3. Staats, S. & Batten, C. (2009). Stretching, Sliding and Strategy: Indexicality in Algebraic Explanations. Research in Mathematics Education 11(1), 57-71.

  4. Staats, S. & Batten, C. (2009). Context in an interdisciplinary algebra writing assignment. Journal of College Reading and Learning 40(1), 35-50..

  5. Staats, S. & Robertson, D. (2009). International inequalities: Algebraic investigations into health and economic development. MathAMATYC Educator 1(1), 6 - 11

  6. Staats, S. (2009). A comment on “Mathematics, style, audience, and criticism” by D. Pimm and N. Sinclair. (Invited commentary). For the Learning of Mathematics 29(2), 29.

  7. Staats, S. and Batteen, C. (2009). Stretching, sliding and strategy: Indexicality in algebraic explanations. Research in Mathematics Education 11(1), 57-71.

  8. Staats, S. (2008). Valuing math applications: The role of context. Academic Exchange Quarterly 12(4), 217-221.

  9. Staats, S. (2008). Poetic lines in mathematics discourse: A method from linguistic anthropology. For the Learning of Mathematics 28(2), 26-32.

  10. Staats, S. (2007). An intensive option for developmental algebra: Student achievement on extra credit test problems. Research and Teaching in Developmental Education 23(2), 49-61.

  11. Staats, S. (2007). Dynamic contexts and imagined worlds: An interdisciplinary approach to mathematics applications. For the Learning of Mathematics 27(1), 4-9.

  12. Staats, S., Duranczyk, I., Moore, R., Hatch, J., Jensen, M., & Somdahl, C. (2006). Communication for inquiry and access: Teaching techniques from discourse research. Science Education Review 5(3), 71-80.

  13. Staats, S. (2006). The case for rich contexts in ethnomathematics lessons. Journal of Mathematics and Culture 1(1), 39-56.

Selected Presentations

  1. Staats, S. & Johnson, J. (accepted for July 2013).  Designing interdisciplinary curriculum for college algebra.  International Commission on mathematical Instruction (ICMI) task Design Study 22.  London, July, 2013.

  2. Staats, S. (2012). Interdisciplinary algebra curriculum model. Presented at the 36th  Conference for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, July 2012, Taipei, Taiwan.

  3. Staats, S., Davidson, C., & Myers. L. (2010).  Mathematical modeling for the academic middle. Presented at the National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Programs, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October, 2010.

  4. Staats, S. (2009). The poetics of argumentation. Presented at the 33rd  Conference for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, July 2009, Thessaloniki, Greece

  5. Staats, S. (2008). Invited professional development workshops on teaching interdisciplinary mathematics, Sacramento City College, January 17, 2008.

  6. Staats, S. (2008). Invited Research Consultant for Symposium titled Teaching and learning mathematics in multilingual classrooms, University of the Witwatersrand and University of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa.

  7. Staats, S. (2008). Somali mathematics vocabulary: Polysemy as a resource for learning. Presented at the conference of the International Association for Applied Linguistics, August 2008, Essen, Germany.

  8. Staats, S. (2008). Grammatical parallelism: A multilingual perspective. Working Session, R. Barwell, J. Moschkovich, S. Staats, organizers. Presented at the 32nd  Conference for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, July 2008, Morelia, Mexico.

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