Academic Teaching Vita of Dr. Mark A. Spikell
Professor of Education (Mathematics), tenured, 1979 - present
Graduate School of Education, MS4B3, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-2042 Fax: 703-993-2013 Email: email@example.com
B.A. Mathematics Miami University 1963
M.Ed. Educational Administration Xavier University 1967 Ed.D.
Curriculum K-12 (Mathematics) Boston University 1972
Cert. Institute for Higher Education University of Texas System 1981
Recent Honors TEACHING
o 1995 Received the Teaching Excellence Award, George Mason University
o 1993 Nominated (by GMU) for the Outstanding Faculty Award, Virginia State Council on Higher Education
o 1990 Received the William C. Lowry Outstanding Mathematics Teacher at the College Level Award, Virginia Council Teachers of Mathematics
Recent Honors RESEARCH
o 1994 Received a Faculty Research Study Leave Award, George Mason University
Recent Honors LEADERSHIP
o 1995 Nominated for Board of Directors Election, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
o 1992 Selected as the First Faculty Intern, Provost's Office, George Mason University
o 1989 Runner-up Business Advocate of the Year Award, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, for Work in George Mason University's Entrepreneurship Center
Selected Recent Teaching, Curriculum and Program Development Experience
A. Current primary teaching interests and expertise:
1. using manipulatives such as Fraction Bars, Attribute Blocks, Geoboards, Hundreds Boards, Color Cubes, Polydrons, Multibase Blocks, Algebra Tiles and Cuisenaire Rods to teach mathematical ideas, concepts, principles and skills,
2. using new technologies, e.g., the Internet and World Wide Webb, scientific and graphing calculators, to teach communication and research skills, problem solving and mathematics,
3. using a guided discovery, workshop, laboratory method for teaching mathematics,
4. promoting the Polya and Scientific Method models of problem solving for use in school based mathematics instruction,
5. implementing alternative assessment techniques for evaluating non-routine mathematical problem solving,
6. developing and classifying non-routine mathematics problems appropriate for use in the K-12 school curriculum,
7. promoting National Council Teachers of Mathematics Curriculum standards, particularly the core standards of problem solving, communications, reasoning and connections,
8. designing models and academic programs for preparing elementary and middle school teachers to be specialists, resource teachers, and curriculum/ staff development leaders.
B. Recent and current assignments:
1. teaching master and doctoral graduate courses in Mathematics Education such as:
EDCI 609 Problem Solving in Mathematics in Middle Education
EDCI 572 Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School
EDSE 553 Teaching Mathematics to Special Needs Populations
EDCI 604 Current Trends and Topics in Mathematics Education
EDCI 666 Teaching Mathematics in The Elementary School
EDUC 895 Trends and Topics in Mathematics Education Leadership
2. supervising independent studies in mathematics education;
3. serving on doctoral committees in mathematics education or instructional uses of technology;
4. supervising all adjunct instructors of math methods courses;
5. developing and coordinating the innovative cohort track in the Ph.D. in Education degree for Mathematics and Science Education Leaders and Staff Development Personnel at central office or building levels;
6. developing and coordinating the innovative cohort track in the M.Ed. degree in Educational Leadership for school Math/Science Master Teachers.
Administrative and Other Program Development Experience in Virginia
A. Professor-In-Charge (Coordinator), Ph.D. and M.Ed. Educational Leadership Programs in Mathematics and Science Education, George Mason University, 1995 - present.
B. Co-founder, George Mason University Entrepreneurship Center, GMU Special Assignment, School of Business Administration, 1986-1987.
C. President, Annographics, Inc., an R&D technology company in the dynamic character recognition field, 1983- 1987. [This was a special assignment in the Institute of Information Technology at George Mason University.]
D. Chairman of the Department of Education, George Mason University, 1979-1982. Served as chief academic, administrative, and personnel officer in a department with 36 full and 15 part time faculty, 16 support staff, 490 undergraduate and 505 graduate students in 3 bachelor, 6 master and 1 doctoral degree program.
Professional Experience Prior to Arriving in Virginia
From 1964 to 1979, held the following teaching and administrative positions.
(1) At Lesley College, Cambridge, MA, taught mathematics and coordinated mathematics education programs.
(2) At Cincinnati Country Day School taught mathematics (grades 7-12) and chaired the mathematics department.
(3) At Indian Hill (Ohio) Middle School and
(4) Boone County (Kentucky) Junior High, taught mathematics and a self contained grade 5 class.
Scholarship and Publications
"A Development of Analytic Methods and Techniques For Sketching The Graphs of Factorable Polynomial and Rational Functions Without The Use of Calculus." Boston University. 1972.
Selected Published Books
Teaching Mathematics with Manipulatives. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon, 1993.
Mathematical Problem Solving with the Microcomputer. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1982, with S. Snover.
Programming the TI 55 Slide Rule Calculator. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1982, with S. Snover.
Brain Ticklers--Puzzles and Pastimes for Programmable Calculators and Personal Computers. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, Inc, 1981, with S. Snover. (Japanese & Portuguese editions, 1983).
How To Program Your Programmable Calculator. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1979, with S. Snover.
Problem Solving In The Mathematics Laboratory. Boston, MA: Prindle Weber, Schmidt, Inc., 1972, with C. Greenes and R. Willcutt.
Selected Published Curriculum Books and Materials
Dr. Super's Triangles: Algebra Explorations. Mountain View, CA: Creative Publications, Inc., 1995, with B. Aghevli.
Dr. Super's Triangles: Fraction Explorations. Mountain View, CA: Creative Publications, Inc., 1995, with B. Aghevli.
Dr. Super's Triangles: Symmetry Explorations. Mountain View, CA: Creative Publications, Inc., 1995, with B. Aghevli.
Triango! A Guide To Strategy Exploration. Mountain View, Palo Alto, CA: Creative Publications, Inc., 1994, with B. Aghevli.
Computer Worksheets. Heath Elementary Mathematics Program, Grades 5-8. Boston, MA: D.C. Heath and Company, 1983, with S. Snover.
Computer Activities. Algebra, Structure, and Method Book I. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981, with S. Snover.
Multibase Activities -- Base 10, Base 5, Base 4. Palo Alto, CA: Creative Publications, Inc., 1974, with C. Greenes and R. Willcutt.
Selected Major Published Software Programs
Pick The Numbers. Apple II+ and IIe. Boston, MA: D.C. Heath and Company, 1984 w S. Snover.
Brain Ticklers and Mathematical Problem Solving with the Microcomputer. Apple II+ and IIe, VIC 20, and Timex Sinclair 1000. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1983, w S. Snover.
Selected Published Refereed Articles
"Problem Solving with Solid Squares." The New York State Mathematics Teachers' Journal. Vol. 42, No. 3, 1992: 151-156.
"Exploring Mathematical Problem Solving Using Cuisenaire Rods" Illinois Mathematics Teacher. Vol. 43, No. 1, 1992: 32-41.
"Equilateral Triangles on An Isometric Grid." Mathematics Teacher. Vol. 83, December, 1990: 740-743.
"Teaching Problem Solving in the Early Grades." Implementing the Mathematics Standards. (B. Underhill, Ed.). Monograph No. 1, Fall 1989. Virginia Council Teachers of Mathematics.
"Problem Solving and Programming --The License Plate Curiosity," Mathematics Teacher Vol. 74, November 1981: 616-618 with S. Snover.
"Calculator Programs in General Genetics: III Latter's Indices of Heterozygosity, Population Differentiation, and Genetic Distance," Journal of Heredity Vol 71, 1980: 293-294. w Blumenberg.
"Coloring Arguments, Number Theory Conditions and Impossibility Proofs," Illinois Mathematics Teacher Vol 30, 1979: 2-12 w S. Snover.
"Generally, How Do You Solve Equations," Mathematics Teacher Vol. 72, May, 1979: 326-336 with S. Snover.
"The Role of Programmable Calculators and Computers in Mathematical Proofs," Mathematics Teacher Vol. 71, December, 1978: 745-750 w S. Snover.
Selected Books and Software Edited
Mapmaker. John Richards. Educational game for social studies. Apple and IBM PC versions. Boston, MA: D.C. Heath and Company, (1985).
Maze-o. Joan Isenberg. Educational game for language arts. Apple II+ and IIe versions. Boston, MA: D.C. Heath and Company, 1985.
Notebook Filer. Brian Crouch. Educational data management system. Apple and IBM PC versions. Boston, MA: D.C. Heath and Company, 1984.
Microcomputers -- A Parents' Guide. Kenneth P. Goldberg and Robert D. Sherwood. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1983.
A Parents' Guide to Television -- Making the Most of It. Michael R. Kelley. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1983.
Programmable Clculators -- Implications for the Mathematics Curriculum. Columbus, OH. ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, Ohio State University, 1980.
Problem Solving In School Mathematics. 1980 Yearbook of NCTM (S. Krulik, Ed.) Reston, VA: The Council. (member of editorial board)
Selected Presentations From Over 70 Given At Professional Meetings
"Teaching Non Routine Problem Solving." Eastern Regional Conference. National Council Teachers of Mathematics. Baltimore, MD. October 10-12, 1996.
"A Hands-on Approach to Teaching Algebra and Other Topics with a New Manipulative, the Triangles Kit." 28th Annual Meeting. National Council Supervisors of Mathematics. San Diego, CA. April 21-24, 1996. with B. Aghevli.
"Innovative Leadership Programs for Mathematics and Science Education. 27th Annual Meeting." National Council Supervisors of Mathematics. Boston, MA. April 4-5, 1995.
"Conversations with Lead Teacher Institute Staff." 3rd Annual VQUEST (Virginia Quality Education in Sciences and Technology ) Conference. Richmond, VA. January 28-29, 1995.
"A Rationale for the NCTM Standards -- A Different Slant on Problem Solving." Keynote Address. Rappahannock Region Association Teachers of Mathematics, Fredericksburg, VA, April 19, 1994.
"Changing Nature of Middle School Methods Courses - Syllabus Swap." Teacher Education Workshop. 72nd Annual Meeting. National Council Teachers of Mathematics. Indianapolis, IN. April, 13-16, 1994.
"Critical Thinking and Strategy Game Analysis: Explorations with Triangoes." Southern Regional Conference. National Council Teachers of Mathematics, Richmond, VA. February 24-26, 1994.
"Promoting the Standards of Communications, Reasoning, and Connections by Problem Solving." Elementary (3-5) Session. Western Regional Conference. National Council Teachers of Mathematics. Durango, CO. October 28-30, 1993.
"Panel Discussion: Can We Change Teacher Education to Reflect the Standards?" with E. Nichols, et. al. General Interest Session. 71st Annual Meeting. National Council Teachers of Mathematics. Seattle, WA. March 31 - April 3, 1993.
"Critical Issues for Teacher Educators -- the Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics." Teacher Education Session. 69th Annual Meeting. National Council Teachers of Mathematics. New Orleans, LA. April 17-20, 1991.
"Problem Solving with Cubes." Annual Meeting. Virginia Council Teachers of Mathematics. Roanoke, VA. March, 1991.
"Critical Issues Confronting Mathematics Educators in Implementing the New Standards." Teacher Education Joint Session. 68th Annual Meeting. National Council Teachers of Mathematics/22nd Annual Meeting. National Council Supervisors of Mathematic. Salt Lake City, UT April 16-18, 1990.
Selected Recent Grant Activities
"Topics in Algebra for Today's Mathematics Teachers" (Sponsored by the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition). Co-Project Director (with K. Fischer and S. Critchfield). Virginia Council of Higher Education, 1991 Dwight D. Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education Act Program. Submitted Spring, 1997, $74,096.
"Algebra for Today's Middle School Teacher." Co-Project Director (with K. Fischer and S. Critchfield. Virginia Council of Higher Education, 1991 Dwight D. Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education Act Program. Awarded, Spring 1996, $70,200.
"Virginia Collaborative for Mathematics and Pedagogy." Project Director and Principle Investigator. National Science Foundation. State Systemmic Initiative Grants. Teacher Preparation Program, ID #TPE-9255774, $9,999,926. Submitted May 1992. Unfunded.
"Mathematics and Science Lead Teachers in the Elementary and Middle Schools." Co-Project Director (with R. Farley and S. Critchfield) Virginia Council of Higher Education, 1991 Dwight D. Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education Act Program. Awarded, Spring 1992, $67,314.
"Development of a Mathematics Content Course for Middle School Teachers." Co-Project Director, (w K. Fischer) Virginia Council of Higher Education, 1991 Dwight D. Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education Act Program. Awarded, Spring 1992, $42,547.
"Elementary Gifted/Talented Mathematics Project Dissemination." Co-Project Director, Title II, Education for Economic Security Act, Virginia State Council on Higher Education. Awarded. 1989, $24,190.
"Planning and Implementation of the George Mason University Entrepreneurship Center." Co-Project Director. $312,983. Awarded. 1986 from these sources: Virginia Center For Innovative Technology ($110,000), the U.S. Small Business Administration ($107,983) and 20 corporations in the metropolitan Washington area ($93,000)
Selected Recent Professional Major Service and Leadership Activities
National Council Teachers of Mathematics, Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, National Council Supervisors of Mathematics, Virginia Council Teachers of Mathematics, Virginia Council for Supervision of Mathematics, Northern Virginia Council Teachers of Mathematics
1. Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), Past President AMTE is a new national association founded in the late 1980s in collaboration with the National Council Teachers of Mathematics and the Mathematical Association of America. AMTE provides a forum and programs for the professional growth of college professors who design and teach mathematics education courses, programs and degrees for preservice and inservice teachers.
2. Member, Steering Committee, Lead Teacher Component, VQUEST, Virginia's five-year (1992-96) $10,000,000 National Science Foundation Funded State Systemic Initiative Grant. VQUEST is a major state effort to change and improve the teaching of mathematics and science in schools and colleges. The Lead Teacher Component is the major initiative of VQUEST. The goal over 5 years is to train nearly 1400 educators as lead teachers, one in mathematics and one in science for every elementary and middle school in the state. As lead teachers, these professionals will assist teachers in their schools with math and science instruction. The 6 person Steering Committee sets policy for the component, supervises and approves development of the Lead Teacher Institute curriculum, identifies and employs the faculty, evaluates the program and actively participates as teaching members of the Institute.
3. Referee, Mathematics Teacher, the journal of the National Council Teachers of Mathematics devoted to issues in the teaching of mathematics at the secondary and college teacher education levels.
4. Regional CoDirector, Virginia Mathematics Coalition, a statewide effort by leaders of business, government and education to promote improved mathematics and science education, established under a grant from the Exxon Foundation and the Mathematical Sciences Education Board.
5. Member, Board of Directors, Four Year College and University Representative, Virginia Council Teachers of Mathematics, Virginia's primary statewide professional association dedicated to promoting the improvement of mathematics instruction grades (K-14).
6. Member, Program Committee, Southeastern Regional Meeting, National Council Teachers of Mathematics, Richmond, Virginia, February 24-26, 1994. The Council offers 8 regional meetings a year and 2500 persons are expected to attend the nearly 400 sessions at this meeting. Selected
Recent George Mason University Major Service and Leadership Activities
1. Senator, Faculty Senate, the body charged with representing the academic and professional interests of the general faculty, elected by the faculty of the Graduate School of Education.
2. Chairman, Facilities and Support Services Committee, one of 4 Faculty Senate Permanent Committees, elected by Senators.
3. Member, Faculty Senate Executive Committee, the body that meets regularly with the Provost of the University and handles the business of the General Faculty when the Senate is not in session.
4. Member, University Faculty Handbook Committee. The Committee, established in January, 1992, by the President of the University, consisted of 3 persons appointed by the President, 3 elected by the Senate, and a Chair. The Committee's task, completed fall, 1993, was to revise the handbook governing GMU's faculty.
5. Chairman, Parking Services Advisory and Appeals Committee The Committee of 6 faculty and staff members advises the Associate Vice President for Operational Services on policy and operational matters relating to parking services and campus access. It also serves as the body hearing appeals for citations issued on campus to faculty, staff, and visitors. The Committee is appointed by the Associate Vice President and the Chair is elected by the membership.
6. Cofounder, University Entrepreneurship Center (the Center) The Center, founded in 1986-87 in the School of Bu*siness Administration, exists to foster the growth and development of early stage companies in Northern Virginia. I continue to serve as an active advisor to Center staff and incubator companies; to lecture in the Small Business Development Center on entrepreneurship and venture capital; and to be an associate member of the Century Club (one of only three and the only GMU faculty member so honored), the group of over 75 companies who support the entrepreneurial and related academic programs of the University.
7. Member, Small Business Institute Faculty, Management Department, School of Business Administration. The Small Business Institute is the mechanism by which the University offers academic coursework and programs in entrepreneurship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Programs of the SBI are offered through the management department and the faculty is augmented by a network of practicing professionals from the business community.