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Ryan Fox, Ph.D.


I am delighted to be joining the Belmont University Department of Mathematics and Computer Science as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education. Prior to my arrival at Belmont, I was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at the Abington campus of Pennsylvania State University, teaching both mathematics and mathematics education courses. While at Abington, I was honored to be selected to be a fellow in Service, Teaching, and Research in Mathematics Education, a program to support early-career mathematics education professors. Before Abington, I earned my Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Georgia. I earned my Master of Education degree—also in mathematics education—from UGA. Before the start of my graduate school career, I was a high school mathematics teacher in Marietta, Georgia. I received a Bachelor of Science with Honors degree from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, with a major in Mathematics and minors in Secondary Education and History.

My research interests lie in the specialized knowledge for teaching mathematics at the school level. At Abington, I looked at how pre-service elementary teachers developed their knowledge of mathematics and teaching mathematics throughout their preparation as teachers. At UGA, I explored how secondary mathematics teachers applied their knowledge of mathematics and pedagogy in their regular classroom interactions with students, with a particular interest in classrooms with accelerated mathematics curricula. My hope is to continue both lines of inquiry while at Belmont. I invite any interested student to work with me in my research! In addition to my own work, I also supervised undergraduate research projects at Penn State-Abington that look quite different from my other work. I am glad to talk about that work with anyone!

Because I devote a lot of time, effort, and passion into my job, I claim not to have much free time. However, in the downtime I do have, I do enjoy a good trivia contest! As a fan of collegiate and professional sports, I look forward to watching many games involving teams from around the area!