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Alan Zollman

Professor of Mathematics Education
Growing Tomorrow's STEM Teachers Project Director

Hillside Hall 0015
Phone: (812) 941-2697

Personal Websites




I am a Past-President of School Science and Mathematics, a Past Vice-President of Research Council on Mathematics Learning, and a Past-Chair of Northern Illinois University (NIU) Mathematical Sciences Teacher Education Program.I serve as the Secondary Mathematics Education Coordinator, as the Advisor to Secondary Mathematics Education students, and as the Block 3 Secondary Education Coordinator overseeing all secondary education clinical practice (student teaching). 

Academic Background

  • Doctorate

    • Indiana University, Bloomington, United States
    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Major in Mathematics Education
  • Masters

    • Indiana University, Bloomington, United States
    • Master in Arts - Teaching, Major in Mathematics
  • Bachelors

    • Indiana University, Bloomington, United States
    • Bachelor of Science, Major in Education

Professional Interests


At IUS I teach Secondary Education - Science and Mathematics. Previously I taught graduate and undergraduate courses in mathematics and education as well as chaired 5 PhD’s in Mathematics Education. I began my teaching career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa, and then taught Middle School Mathematics in Southern Indiana. In 2005 I received NIU’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. 

In my first year at IUS, I was presented the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Max Beberman Award – the State’s highest recognition for leadership and excellence in mathematics teacher education.  This past spring, I received the 2018 Greater Louisville Council of Teachers of Mathematics Helen Cunningham Educator Award for Excellent in the Teaching of Mathematics.


With 40+ national and international publications, I have diversity of coauthors – from single authorship to fellow mathematics education researchers and graduate students to educational psychologists to engineering professors and classroom teachers. I investigate and publish empirical mathematics education research and add writings for the dissemination of research for the teacher-practitioner.  My research agenda involves mixed-methods studies with graduate students and faculty on learning in the content area; action research with elementary and middle school students and teachers on reflective writing in problem solving; and curricula design and classroom assessment with university personnel and secondary teachers.

Indiana University Southeast

4201 Grant Line Rd.
New Albany, IN 47150
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