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Ksenija Simic-Muller
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Pacific Lutheran University
Office: MCLT 257
Phone: (253) 538-5699
Email: simicmka@plu.edu
If you want to know more about my work, here is my curriculum vitae (updated March 2017).

Mathematical interests:

Primary: Mathematics education, especially teaching mathematics for social justice, equity in mathematics education, and culturally responsive mathematics teaching.

Secondary: Mathematical logic, especially intuitionist, constructive, and reverse mathematics.

Current teaching, Fall 2017:
MATH 123, Modern Elementary Math I
MATH 124, Modern Elementary Math II
MATH 499A, Senior Capstone I

Below is the statement by the National Council of Teacher of Mathematics in response to this summer's events.

A Response to Charlottesville

As President and President-Elect of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), we are deeply disturbed and concerned by the acts of terror displayed by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hate and white supremacy have no place in our communities, schools, and classrooms. For many of you, the academic school year has started or will start very soon.

Many of you will be in classrooms in which your students watched the events in Charlottesville unfold on television and on social media, and your students will be affected by those events. The trauma of hate speech and terror has an impact on the classroom environment and on the social and emotional well-being of students and teachers. Last December, NCTM argued that We Teach More Than Mathematics and that as teachers we must stand against any act that threatens the well-being of students.

As President and President-Elect of NCTM, we are committed to a social justice position that challenges the role of power, privilege, and oppression. As educators, teachers of mathematics, and a Council, we support the use of mathematics as an analytic tool to challenge power, privilege, and oppression. We encourage all educators to challenge systems of oppression that privilege some students while disadvantaging other students. We encourage all educators to create socially and emotionally safe spaces for each and every student. And we urge educators to create structures where each and every student can be fully engaged in our democratic society in constructive ways. We owe this not only to our students but also to the society we wish to inhabit both now and in the future.

Matt Larson, NCTM President
Robert Berry, NCTM President-Elect

Books: Felton-Koestler, M., Simic-Muller, K., & Menendez, J. M. (2017). Reflecting the world: A guide to incorporating equity in mathematics teacher education. Information Age Publishing. Link to the book: http://www.infoagepub.com/products/Reflecting-the-World.

Other PLU programs: Peace Scholars program

Past projects:

In spring 2012, students in MATH 123 and MATH 124 wrote some thought-provoking, engaging mathematics lessons about water.
Here is the link
to the webpage dedicated to these lessons.

Information for mathematics education majors and others interested in mathematics education: I have created a webpage that contains links to valuable resources for those interested in teaching mathematics. The page is frequently updated.

Maintained by: Ksenija Simic-Muller