Dr. Michelle Bower began her career as a junior computer programmer/mathematician for the US Navy. Later, as a high school Mathematics and Physics instructor, she taught High School students in Indiana. Her path led her to higher education and teaching future educators and eventually to Landmark College in 2008. Through her background as a mathematics educator, she creates learning environments to inspire students to engage in mathematics and face their mathematics anxiety. Her research interests are in overcoming mathematics anxiety, language genres in the mathematics classroom, and technology.
Bower, M. W. (PI) & Littlefield, A. (co-PI) Access to Innovative Education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (AIE-STEM) program. NSF S-STEM (DUE 1643326) ($649, 962, 2016 – 2021).
Grabowski, S. & Bower, M. W. Expanded Learning Opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (ELO-STEM). Thompson Trust ($6500, 2017) and Redducs Chartered Foundation ($4100, 2017).
Bower, M. W. (Lead) & Norton, B. Sub-award Arthur Vining Davis Foundation—Landmark College. Mathematics Anxiety in STEM Students ($4200, 2016 – 2017).
Ph.D., Mathematics Education, Illinois State University
M.A., Mathematics, Ball State University
B.S., Mathematics Education, Ball State University
Gobbo, K., Shmulsky, S., & Bower, M. W. (2018). Strategies for Teaching STEM Subjects to College Students with ASD. Journal of College Science Teaching, 47(6), 12-17.
Bower, M. (October, 2017). Finding a home in STEM for students who learn differently. STEM Magazine, 207, 22-25.
"Language Genre Transitions in a Secondary School Physics Classroom," co-author, International Journal of Mathematics Education in Science and Technology, 38:3 (2007).
"The Interplay of Teacher and Student Actions in the Teaching and Learning of Geometric Proof," co-author, Educational Studies in Mathematics, 60:1 (2005).
"Finding Infinity in a Snowflake," co-author, Learning and Leading with Technology, 29:7 (2002).
"The Mathematics Talk of a Secondary School Teacher of Mathematics and Physics," Building Connections: Theory Research and Practice (Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of The Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia) Vol. 1, Deakin University Press (Melbourne - 2005).
"Student Mathematical Talk: A Case Study in Algebra and Physics," Proceedings of the 29th Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Vol. 1 (Melbourne - 2005).
"Language and Belief Factors in the Learning and Teaching of Mathematics and Physics: A Study of Three Teachers," co-author, Proceedings of the 26th Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Vol. 2 (Toronto - 2004).
"Language Genre and School Mathematics," co-author, Manuscript accepted for distribution at Topic Study Group 25, ICME-10 (Copenhagen, Denmark - 2004).
"Mathematics and Physics: A Shared Language," Proceedings of the 27th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education held jointly with the 25th Conference of PME-NA, Vol. 1, Center for Research and Development Group, University of Hawai'i (Honolulu, HI - 2003).
"An Investigation of Classroom Factors that Influence Proof Construction Ability," co-author, Proceedings of the 24th Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Vol. 4, ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education (Columbus OH - 2002).
Making Data Accessible to Diverse Populations of Students. Dahlstrom-Hakki, I., & Bower, M. (February, 2014). Talk presented at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
Using TinkerPlots to Help Students with Learning Disabilities Understand Statistical Concepts; Dahlstrom-Hakki, I *presenter, Bower, M., Klucken, F. AACU STEM, October 2012
Co-Chair and Site Host for State Leadership Conference of the Quad Counties Mathematics Supervisors and Specialists Group (May 2006, 2007 & 2008).
"What Happens After the Interview? The First Year on the Job," Graduate Student Lunch, Panelist at the Annual Meeting of the Psychology of Mathematics Education, North American Chapter (October 2005).
"Mathematics and Physics: A Shared Language," poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (July 2003).
"Investigating the Effectiveness of TinkerPlots in Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Understand Statistical Concepts," funded by the National Science Foundation Research in Disabilities program under Grant No. HRD-1128948.
"Participatory Design Workshop on Accessible Apps and Games," mini-grant awarded as part of the Alliance for Access to Computing Careers (AccessComputing), funded by the National Science Foundation as part of the Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) program of the Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) under Grant No. CNS-0540615, CNS-0837508 and CNS-1042260.
Language Genres in the Mathematics Classroom
Overcoming Mathematics Anxiety