Craig Willey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education


Résumé/CV on box



  • Ph.D. Candidate, Curriculum Studies - Mathematics Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • B.A, B.S., Butler University


My research focuses on all aspects of mathematics teaching and learning with Latinas/os through the framework of mathematics and language socialization processes, or Mathematics Discourse Communities. My current studies aim to understand 1) the struggles and successes of monolingual teachers of bilingual, Latina/o students as they plan, implement and reflect on lessons, and 2) how we might develop and incorporate curricular features that provide bilingual learners better access to mathematical ideas and more opportunities to engage meaningfully, as well as provide a model for teachers to develop a critical pedagogy with bilingual learners. From 2006-2011, I was a Research Fellow with the Center for the Mathematics Education of Latinos/as (CEMELA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Prior to joining CEMELA at UIC, I completed my undergraduate studies at Butler University and taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math in Denver Public Schools' Bilingual Education program for four years

Courses Taught

  • Foundations and Current Issues in Educating English Language Learners
  • Instruction and Assessment: A Multilingual / Multicultural Perspective
  • Integrating ESL in Mathematics and Science
  • Mathematics for Elementary and Middle Grades Teachers
  • Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Elementary School


  • Bilingual Education
  • Discourse Communities
  • Mathematics Education of Latinas/os
  • Teacher Education

Professional Associations

  • American Education Research Association
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • TODOS: Mathematics for All
  • Critical Race Studies in Education Association
  • International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
  • Teachers for Social Justice, Chicago