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Chris Rakes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

Sherman Hall A Room 415

Email: rakes@umbc.edu


Research Area(s)

  • Mathematics Education
  • Teacher Knowledge
  • Education Technology

Christopher Rakes, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Education at UMBC. He holds a B.A. in mathematics education from the University of Kentucky (1999), an M.A. in secondary mathematics education from the University of Kentucky (2000), and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Mathematics Education) from the University of Louisville (2010).

Dr. Rakes taught mathematics for ten years (eight in secondary; two in postsecondary) in both urban and rural settings, where he concentrated on helping at-risk students succeed in mathematics. For two years, he coordinated the peer review of grant proposals on the Mathematics and Science panel at the Institute of Education Sciences. Dr. Rakes leads the secondary teacher preparation program for mathematics education.

His research focuses on the teaching and learning of mathematics through an interdisciplinary lens. He has done extensive research on teacher professional development (mathematics, science, STEM) and mathematics education technology. He is currently leading a collaborative research project about teacher preparation, funded through the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education (IUSE-2013250). His scholarly work involves multiple methods such as systematic review, meta-analysis, structural equation modeling (SEM), hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), and mixed methodology.

Michele L. Stites, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

Sherman Hall A Room 414

Email: mstites@umbc.edu

Research Area(s)

  • Early Childhood Mathematics
  • Special Education

Michele L. Stites, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Education at UMBC. She holds an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from The George Washington University (2012). Dr. Stites was a classroom teacher for ten years (K-5 and special education) and has taught in multiple states throughout the US. Dr. Stites’ research focuses on mathematics teaching and learning for children with and without disabilities. She uses a variety of research methodology in her scholarly work including quantitative methodologies, mixed-methods, survey research, and meta-analysis. Her work has recently been published in Early Education and Development, the Journal of Early Childhood Research, and Early Child Development and Care. She is also an author of Families, schools, and communities: building partnerships for educating children.

Jerri L. Frick

Graduate Program Director, Master of Arts in Education

Sherman Hall A Room 209A

Email: frick@umbc.edu

Research Area(s)

  • Mathematics Education
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Culturally responsive instruction
  • Reasoning in Mathematics

Jerri L. Frick is the Graduate Program Director of the Master of Arts in Education (MAE) Program and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Education at UMBC. She holds a B.A. in Secondary Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, an M.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics from Virginia State University, and an M.A.  in Applied Mathematics from Virginia Tech. She taught high school mathematics for four years in an inner city setting, undergraduate mathematics and mathematics education courses for 2 years, and graduate mathematics and teacher education courses for 14 years. She primarily teaches mathematics pedagogy including culturally responsive education, mathematics content, and educational research courses to certified in-service teachers. Her research interests are in culturally responsive instruction and reasoning in mathematics.




last updated 2022 February 22