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Nina Girard, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Mathematics Education
Hello, I'm Dr. Nina Girard, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education.

This is my 22nd year at UPJ.  Although I am a faculty member in the Education Division, I also teach for the Mathematics Department. I teach both secondary education and mathematics courses, as well as supervise student teachers.  I advise secondary education math majors.  And I am site coordinator for graduate education programs at UPJ.

I received my Bachelor's Degree (B.S. in Mathematics and Secondary Education Mathematics, summa cum laude) from UPJ in 1987.  I earned my Master's Degree (M.S. in Applied Mathematics) from IUP in 1989. And I completed my Doctorate Degree (Ed.D. in Mathematics Education) from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002.

My research and teaching interests include:  the role of graphing calculators in the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics, multiple representations as a framework for teaching and learning mathematics, pre-service and in-service teacher preparation, and, in particular, the efficacy of on-line support systems and discussions for pre-service teachers.

Currently, I am President of the PA Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.  I was awarded the 2006 Outstanding Contribution to Mathematics Education by the PA Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Distinguished Service Award for PCTM in 2007.  

My personal interests include going to the beach, swimming and maintenancing my pool, watching t.v. & movies, playing Wii, collecting recipes, trying new restaurants, gem mining, and enjoying times with friends.