Karen Graham

Karen Graham

Professor of Mathematics Education
Department Chair

Research Interests

  • Student understanding of calculus and precalculus concepts
  • The mathematical knowledge needed for teaching mathematics at various levels
  • Curriculum materials for prospective teachers that draw on both their specialized knowledge of mathematics for teaching as well as their general knowledge of mathematics content and students


  • BA in Mathematics – State University of New York at Cortland
  • MAT in Mathematics Education - University at Albany
  • MS in Mathematics – University of New Hampshire
  • PhD in Mathematics Education - University of New Hampshire

Research Affiliations and Projects

Current -
  • UNH ADVANCE – An NSF-funded project focused on the recruitment and retention of women faculty primarily in the STEM disciplines. With Lisa MacFarlane, Samuel Mukasa, Christine Shea, and Julie Williams(mathematics education) - www.unh.edu/advance
  • Learning Mathematics Through Teaching – An NSF-funded project focused on preservice teachers mathematical knowledge for teaching in the area of precalculus. With Tim Fukawa-Connelly (Drexel University), Neil Portnoy, Brian Gleason (Nevada State College), Karen Graham, and May Chaar (graduate research assistant) - http://www.math.unh.edu/lmtt-research-project
  • RETE Site: Research to Inspire Students About Engineering Through Inquiry. Funded by NSF. With Brad Kinsey - http://www.unh.edu/leitzel-center/research-experience-teachers-engineeri...
  • Evaluation of the CME Project Mathematical Practices Implementation for the Education Development Center, Inc. in Waltham MA - https://mpi.edc.org/
Past -
  • Director (2003-2013), UNH Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education- http://leitzelcenter.unh.edu
  • GEO-Teach: Transforming Earth System Science Education. Funded by NSF Geo-sciences program. With Julie Bryce, Joel Johnson, Ruth Varner, and Steve Hale - http://leitzelcenter.unh.edu/geo-teach/
  • Promoting Research Opportunities to Benefit Education. Funded by NSF GK-12 program. With Chris Bauer, Barry Rock, Dawn Meredith, and Barbara Hopkins - http://leitzelcenter.unh.edu/probe/
  • Making Mathematical Connections in Courses for Prospective Teachers. Funded by NSF. With Todd Grundmeier (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) and Neil Portnoy - http://www2.edc.org/connect/
Karen graham
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