Award-Winning Faculty to Present Chambliss Faculty Research Lectures Virtually in October
KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Two Kutztown University professors will present Chambliss Faculty Research Award lectures in October. Dr. Mark Wolfmeyer, associate professor of secondary education, will present his lecture, "The Politics of Mathematics Education," at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7. Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder, professor of art education, will present her lecture, "We are White Educators: (Critical) Dialogues about Power, Privilege and Identity in Educational Settings," at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19. Both lectures will be presented virtually and are open to the public.
Surprising to some, mathematics education is controversial and not neutral. Wolfmeyer's talk illuminates the politics of mathematics education by presenting his research program over time. Highlights include earlier works, "In Defense of Mathematics (2012)," "Math Education for America? (2015)," and "EcoJustice Mathematics Education (a concept he co-authored)," as well as his current research efforts for the development of pedagogies for use in mathematics teacher education.
Wolfmeyer is an assistant professor in the Department of Secondary Education. He began at KU in 2015 and has published numerous books and research articles related to mathematics and STEM education. He holds a Ph.D. in urban education from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Pfeiler-Wunder's research project examines how to cultivate a responsive and social action curriculum, empowering learners and educators to see themselves as integral agents of change in a society. Specifically, how might we, as white educators, be allies and accomplices in shifting the social, political and cultural landscape of our educational settings and what it means to be educated itself.
Pfeiler-Wunder is a professor in the Department of Art Education. She began at KU in 2009 and her work spans the fields of social justice, art-science integration and professional identity within visual art educational communities. She holds a Ph.D. in teaching and learning/art education from the University of Iowa.
Wolfmeyer and Pfeiler-Wunder were the 2019 winners of the KU Chambliss Faculty Research Award. The Chambliss Award, inaugurated in 2004 through a gift from Dr. Carlson R. Chambliss, professor emeritus, is meant to recognize the very highest achievement in research and scholarship and can be awarded only once in a person's career.