Erik Tillema, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Math Education; Chair, Teacher Education

Phone:
317-274-6821
Fax:
317-274-6864
Email:
etillema@iupui.edu
Campus:
IU Bloomington

Résumé/CV on Box

ES 3154

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Georgia, Athens Georgia, Mathematics Education 2007
  • M.Ed., University of Georgia, Athens Georgia, Mathematics Education 2003
  • B.A., Earlham College, Richmond Indiana, Major: History, Minor: Mathematics 1999

Biography

I am a former high school and middle school mathematics teacher who currently does research with middle school students. The focus of my research is on how middle school students' combinatorial reasoning can support the students' algebraic reasoning, and in this process how middle school students develop symbol systems. I am currently co-PI on the project Generalizations Across Multiple Mathematical Areas (GAMMA), which is funded by the National Science Foundation. The project is exploring the cognitive mechanisms that under grid middle grades and high school students' generalizations and the instructional supports that contribute to promoting these students' generalizations. I am specifically interested in how students can use combinatorics problems to establish quantitative relationships that support them to make generalizations about non-linear meanings of multiplication. As part of this project, I am also investigating how teachers' and students' racial identity impacts interactions aimed at mathematical learning.

Courses Taught

  • EDUC-E 343 Math Methods for Elementary Teachers
  • EDUC-N 102 Teach and Learn Elementary Mathematics I
  • EDUC-N 103 Teach and Learn Elementary Mathematics II
  • EDUC-N 343 Mathematics in the Elementary Schools

Honors & Awards

  • Favorite Professor Award from an IUPUI student athlete (2009)
  • Favorite Professor Award from an IUPUI student athlete (2007)

Grants & Funding

  • IUPUI's School of Education Internal Grant Competition, $5000, for integrating cognitive and urban perspectives in mathematics education (funded).
  • IUPUI's Research Support Funds Grant, $27,000 to do research with sixth grade students to begin fall 2009 (declined).
  • IUPUI's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, $800 to hold a conference on urban education in fall 2009 (funded).
  • IUPUI's Fortieth Fund, $2,000, to hold a conference on urban education in fall 2009 (funded).
  • IUPUI's Academic Affair's Conference Fund, $1500 to hold a conference on urban education in fall 2009 (funded).
  • IU's Office of Alumni Relations, $400, to hold a conference on urban education in fall 2009 (funded).

Expertise

  • K-12 students' mathematical cognition with an emphasis on middle grades students.
  • Students development of symbol systems
  • Students' combinatorial reasoning

Professional Associations

  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (August 2003-present).
  • American Educational Research Association (August 2004-present).
  • North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (August 2004-present).