Mercedes McGowen, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
B.S., Physics. College of Saint Teresa, Winona, MN. 1961
M.A., Mathematics Education. DePaul University, Chicago, IL 1988
Ph.D., Mathematics Education. University of Warwick, Coventry, U.K. 1998.
1978-1982 Faculty of Canton Jr. High School, Streamwood, IL. Mathematics.
1982-1990 Faculty of Elgin High School, Elgin, IL Mathematics Computer Science.
1990-2002 Faculty of William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, IL Mathematics &
2005-2008 Mathematical Association of America Coordinating Council on Education.
2003-2013 Teresan Leadership and Service Institute for Women Board of Directors.
St. Mary’s College, Winona, MN.
2012- present Consultant. University of California Los Angeles research project
involving the teaching and learning of algebra by community college students.
Professor Emerita – William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, IL.
National Science Foundation/American Mathematical Association of Two–Year
Colleges Award: Exemplary Program I Teacher Preparation.
American Mathematical Association of Two–Year Colleges Award: Exemplary
Developmental Algebra Program.
Illinois Community College Board Award: Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching: State of Illinois.
Tandy Technology Outstanding Teacher Award.
Her research has been published in the Journal of Mathematical Behavior, the Australian Senior Mathematics Journal, MAA Notes, the Canadian Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, The Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations, Mathematics Education Dialogues, Proceedings of the 12th ICMI Study on the Future of the Teaching and Learning of Algebra, Proceedings of the British Society for Research in the Learning of Mathematics, the Proceedings of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education and in the Proceedings of the North American Chapter of International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education.
In addition to her classroom teaching and research, she has co-authored two textbooks, Applying Algebraic Thinking to Data and Mathematical Investigations: Concepts and Processes for the Introductory Algebra Student and has served on various national committees and task forces, including: the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Coordinating Council of Education, the MAA Committee on Teaching Undergraduate Mathematics and its subcommittee on Developmental Mathematics, the MAA Committee on Undergraduate Programs and as a steering committee member on the National Research Council’s Mathematics Learning Study II, the College Board of Mathematical Sciences National Summit on Teacher Preparation, the National Science Foundation/American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (NSF/AMATYC) Teacher Preparation Institutes I and II, the NSF/University of Illinois Chicago-Community College Collaborative and as a Phi Theta Kappa/Community College/NSF mentor for three community college teacher preparation programs. She continues to serve as an advisor to several AMATYC Project ACCESS fellows.
April 30, 2014