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Dana Dodson

Assistant Professor

Hawthorn Hall 351

                              Dana Humble Dodson

Office:  Indiana University Northwest
            School of Education
            Hawthorn Hall 351
            Gary, IN 46408-1197
            (219)-980-6516
            Fax:  (219) 981-4208
            Email:  dhdodson@iun.edu                             

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ACADEMIC DEGREES and STATUS

Assistant Professor:  Tenure-track since August 2006

Doctor of Education:  University of Houston, Houston, Texas (1993)
                                   Administration and Supervision
                                   Specialization: Mathematics Education
                                   Cognate:  Curriculum Instruction and Design

Master of Science:  University of Houston, Clear Lake City, Texas (1985)
                                Curriculum & Instruction
                                Specialization: Mathematics Education

Bachelor of Science:  University of Texas, Austin, Texas (1977)
                                   Chemical Engineering

K-12 Teaching License:  Texas – Mathematics and Chemistry
                                       Illinois – Mathematics and Chemistry
                                       Kentucky – Mathematics, Chemistry, and Middle Grades Science

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SUPERVISION and TEACHING

Administrative and Supervisory Experiences

Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN  (2005 - present)

Committee Chair:  Initial Programs Committee (2006 - present)
                             Mathematics Cognate Advisory Committee (2006 - present)

Co-Director:  FIRST LEGO League (2007 – present)
                     Science Fair (2009 – present)

Field Supervisor:  EDUC-M480 “Student Teaching in the Secondary Schools”
                            Spring 2006 and Spring 2011

East Aurora Unit School District, #131, Aurora, IL (2002)

  • Middle School Mathematics Specialists

Valley View Unit School District, #365U, Romeoville, IL (2000-2002)

  • Mathematics and Science Curriculum Coordinator

Communities in Schools Academy, Aurora, IL (2000)

  • Mathematics Consultant

Teaching Experiences - Higher Education

Graduate Courses Taught at Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN            (2005-present)

EDUC-E518:  “Research in Elementary Education” (1-3 credit hours)
EDUC-E541:  “Instruction in Elementary School Mathematics” (3 credit hours)
EDUC-E543:  “Advanced Study on Teaching of Mathematics in Elementary School” (3 credit hours)
EDUC-E591:  "Research Project in Elementary Education" (3 credit hours)
EDUC-K500:  “Graduate Portfolio” (3 credit hours)
EDUC-M550:  “Practicum with Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School” (3 credit hours)
EDUC-P570:  “Managing Classroom Behavior” (3 credit hours – an online course)
EDUC-S508:  “Problems in Secondary Education; Mathematics” (3 credit hours)
EDUC-S512:  “Research in Secondary Education” (1-3 credit hours)
EDUC-S517:  “Math Methods for the Master Educator” (3 credit hours)
EDUC-S591:  "Research Project in Secondary Education" (3 credit hours)
EDUC-W505:  “Master’s Portfolio Seminar in Education” (3 credit hours)
EDUC-Y520:  “Strategies for Educational Inquiry” (3 credit hours)

Undergraduate Courses Taught at Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN (2005-present)

EDUC-E343:  “Mathematics in the Elementary School” (3 credit hours)
EDUC-F200:  "Examining Self as a Teacher" (3 credit hours)
EDUC-F401G:  "Math and Pedagogy for Elementary Education” with a focus in Geometry (3 credit hours)
EDUC-F401P&S:  “Math and Pedagogy for Elementary Education” with a focus in Probability and Statistics (3 credit hours)
EDUC-M457:  “Methods of Teaching Senior High/Junior High/Middle School Mathematics” (3 credit hours)
EDUC-M459:  “Teaching Mathematics 5 – 12” (3 credit hours)
MATH-T493:  “Mathematics of Middle and High School, Advanced Perspective” (4 credit hours)

Graduate and Undergraduate Courses Taught at the University of Houston, Clear Lake City, TX (1993)
MATH-5034:  “Geometry Seminar” taught concurrently with
MATH-3035:  “Topics in Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometries” (3 credit hours)

Undergraduate Courses Taught at College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL (2000-2002)
MATH-1428:  “College Algebra with Applications” (3 credit hours)
MATH-1533:  “Finite Mathematics” (4 credit hours)

Undergraduate Courses Taught at University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL (2000)
MATH-175:  “Statistics” (4 credit hours)
EDUC-375:  “Methods of Teaching Math in the Elementary School” (3 credit hours)

Undergraduate Courses Taught at Waubonsee Community College, Aurora, IL (1999)

MTH-201:  “Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I” (3 credit hours)

Undergraduate Courses Taught at Brazosport College, Lake Jackson, TX (1987-1993)

MATH 1350:  “Fundamentals of Math I” (3 credit hours)
MATH 1314:  “College Algebra” (3 credit hours)
PTAC 1410:  “Process Technology I – Equipment”

Undergraduate Courses Taught at San Jacinto College, North and Central Campuses,

MATH 1413:  “College Algebra” (3 credit hours)
MATH 0305:  “Introductory Algebra” (3 credit hours)
MATH 0306:  “Intermediate Algebra” (3 credit hours)
MATH 1324:  “Finite Mathematics” (3 credit hours)
TMTH:  “Technical Intermediate Mathematics” (3 credit hours)
MATH:  “Business Calculus” (4 credit hours)

K-12 Teaching Experiences – Mathematics

Teacher:  Scott High School, Taylor Mill, KY  (2003-2004)
               Pre-Algebra, Algebra II, Algebra III

               Brazoswood High School, Clute, TX (1997-1998)
               Pre-Algebra, Algebra

               Brazosport Christian School, Lake Jackson, TX (1996-1997)
               Functions, Statistics, & Trigonometry, Geometry, Transition, Chemistry, and Physics

Substitute Teacher:  Indian Prairie School District, Naperville, IL (1999-2003)

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RESEARCH

Publications

Dodson, D. H., Square roots go rational. (2012) Illuminations, an NCTM online publication.  Acceptance rate for this submission was 42 lessons out of 368 submitted for the Illuminations Summer Institute (42 out of 368 is 11.4%). http://illuminations.nctm.org/LessonDetail.aspx?id=L854

Dodson, D. H. (2011).  Legos go to college. The South Shore Journal, 4. Retrieved from http://www.southshorejournal.org/index.php/issues/volume-4-2011

Dodson, D. H., (2009).  Pattern blocks polygon inventory. Texas Instruments Education Technology Classroom Activities.   http://education.ti.com/educationportal/activityexchange/Activity.do?aId=12835&cid=US

Dodson, D. H., (2009).  Olympic rings.  Texas Instruments Education Technology Classroom Activities. http://education.ti.com/educationportal/activityexchange/Activity.do?aId=13029&cid=US

Non-peer-reviewed Publication

Brock, R., Dodson, D.H. (2011). E-Flash cards yield significant results.  Global Flash Learning. Retrieved from www.gxflash.com  This white paper describes the research results from the implementation of technology into the 6th grade classes. The students with special needs class performed significantly better than the general education class after consistently using the electronic flash card program over 4 months on learning their mathematics facts.

Publications in Submission

Dodson, D. H., Grskovic, J. A., and Alford, G. R. (in submission).  A comparison of the effects of concrete and virtual manipulatives on the multiplication fact achievement of urban third graders with and without disabilities. Submitted to Contemport Issues in Technology and Teacher Education – Math on Monday, September 24, 2012.

Dodson, D. H. (in submission). The effects of computerized mathematics facts training on the math fluency of urban elementary students with learning problems. Submitted to Education & Treatment of Children on Friday, May 25, 2012.

Materials Developed

Dodson, D. H. Rethink Roots Rationally.
Dodson, D. H. (2009).  Grab a Handful of Cuisenaire Rods.
Dodson, D. H. (2009).  Technology for the Math Class.

Presentations

Invited Addresses

Dodson, D.H. (2011, June, July). Workshop for high school teachers of algebra, pre-calculus, and calculus using the TI-Nspire CAS at Memorial High School, Elkhart, IN.

Dodson, D.H. (2011, May). TI-73 faceplate tour. Presentation for mathematics teachers in Akron, OH.

Dodson, D.H. (2011, March). Introduction to the TI-Nspire CAS for high school teachers; workshop presented at Memorial High School, Elkhart, IN.

Dodson, D.H. (2010, September). Using the TI-73 and the TI-84 in the middle school classroom; workshop presented for mathematics teachers in the City of Gary School Corporation, Gary, IN.

Dodson, D.H. (2010, March). Professional development for all teachers at Carrie Gosch Elementary School. For 20 days over the spring semester, I worked with the teachers on Touch Math®, implementing Mathematics & Literature (mathsolutions.com), and training using the TI-10’s and TI-73’s, East Chicago, IN.

Dodson, D.H. (2010, January). Introduction to the TI-73. Presentation for middle school and special education teachers in the City of Gary School Corporation, Gary, IN.

Dodson, D.H. (2010, January). Workshop presented at the School City of Hammond High School, Hammond, IN; using the TI-84, working with probes and analyzing data for biology teachers.

Dodson, D.H. (2009, October). Concrete to abstract: math with manipulatives.  Invited presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Indianapolis, IN.

Dodson, D.H. (2009, August). Workshop presented at the School City of Hammond High School, Hammond, IN; using the TI-84 and CBL’s, presented with Lin Wozniewski as the technology support for science activities (Catalase Activity, Cricket Chirps, Determining Growth Rate, Lemon Activity, and Photosynthesis)

Dodson, D.H. (2008, June). Workshop presented at McCullough Girl’s Academy Science Workshop, Gary, IN, June 2008; in collaboration with Dr. Gayle Buck from IU Bloomington, assisted in organizing their science laboratory, model new science curriculum, and work through key laboratory lessons, and implement safe laboratory laws.

Dodson, D.H. (2008, June). Introduction to the TI-73 and Navigator; workshop presented to the middle school math teachers at Boone Grove Middle School, Boone Grove, IN.

Dodson, D.H. (2008, May). Workshop presented at Field Elementary School, East Chicago, IN; in collaboration with Dr. Charlotte Reed and Mrs. Andree Anderson, presented the Indiana Math Standards, the NCTM Curriculum Focal Points, and progression of skills and importance of accountability, problem solving activities and applications with Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Dodson, D.H. (2008, February). Chemical engineering as a career. Invited presentation for National Engineers Week at Willowcreek Middle School, Portage, IN.

International/National Refereed Conference Presentations

Dodson, D.H. (2011, February). TI-73 apps and core standards. A paper presented at T3 Teachers Teaching with Technology International Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Dodson, D.H. (2011, February). Marion Webster’s problem on CAS. A paper presented at T3 Teachers Teaching with Technology International Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Dodson, D.H. (2010, April). Multiplication facts program for the TI-73. A paper presented at T3 Teachers Teaching with Technology International Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Dodson, D.H. (2010, April). Navigate the TI-73 into elementary and middle school math class. A paper presented at T3 Teachers Teaching with Technology International Conference, Atlanta, GA.

State/Regional/Local Conferences

Dodson, D.H. (2009, November). TI-73 for beginners. A paper presented at T3 Teachers Teaching with Technology Regional Conference, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX.

Dodson, D.H. (2009, November). Pattern blocks inventory. A paper presented at Teachers Teaching with Technology Regional Conference, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX.

 Dodson, D.H. (2009, April). Grab a handful of cuisenaire rods. Twice presented at the T3 Teachers Teaching with Technology Conference, College of Applied Science of the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, April 2009

Grant Writing

Approved and Funded

Center for Innovation and Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (CISTL) Faculty Learning Community (Spring 2012) “Online Training” $4000

Center for Innovation and Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (CISTL) (Spring 2012) “iPads In the Classroom” $650

Northwest Indiana Consortium for Teacher Education (NICTE) STEM Initiative (June, 2008) “Preparing Math Educators to Teach with Handheld Technology” $8979.00

IU Podcast Initiative (March, 2008). “Enhanced Narrowcasting for Praxis II Math Content”

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) (October, 2007) “Math Faculty Take Praxis II” $925.78

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) (October, 2007) “Introduce TI-73’s to MATH-T101” $642.50

Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) (October, 2007) “Math Faculty Take Praxis II” $400

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) (November, 2006) “LEGO MIDSTORMS NXT Education System” $616.32

Submitted

National Science Foundation (NSF) (June, 2008) “The Effects of a New University Math Curriculum on the Preparation of Novice Teachers in Elementary Classrooms”

NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship Program (September, 2008) “UTEP Initiative in Mathematics and Science”

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SERVICE

Committee Responsibilities at Indiana University

School of Education

Faculty Member, 2006 - present

Initial Programs Committee, Chair, 2006 – 2012

Mathematics Cognate Advisory Committee, Chair, 2005 - present

Education Cabinet/Accreditation Coordinating Committee, Member, 2006 - present

Teacher Education Advisory Committee (TEAC), Member, 2006 - present

Field Experience Advisory Committee (FEAC), Member, 2006 – present

Salary Committee, 2007-2010

Search and Screen Committee - Director of Student Teaching and Field, 2008

Search Committee Chair – Educational Leadership, 2012 - present

School of Education Graduation Marshall, 2007, 2008, 2009

Indiana University Northwest

Computer Committee, 2012 – present

Election Committee, 2012 - present

Library Committee, Member, 2007 – 2008, 2011 - present

Salary Committee, 2006 - 2008

Other Leadership Roles

FIRST LEGO League, Co-Director, 2007 – present

Science Olympiad Steering Committee, Member & Technical Problem Solving Judge, 2006 – present

Science Fair, Co-Director, 2009 – present

Science Fair, Engineering Judge, 2007, 2009

Service to Profession

NCTM NCATE Program Reviewer, 2012 – present

Indiana Department of Education, Program Reviewer: University, Fall 2009, College, Fall 2008,University, Spring 2008 (specific names must remain anonymous).

Community Presentations and Workshops

Dodson, D.H. (2011, August). Introduction to the TI-Nspire Navigator; assisted with workshop on TI-Nspire with the Navigator for mathematics teachers at Judson ISD, San Antonio, TX.

Dodson, D.H. (2006, December). Hands On Equations.® Workshop presented at Northwest Indiana Educational Service Center, for teachers serving in 6 NW Indiana counties.

Dodson, D.H. (2006, December). Gears, Levers, and Pulley’s LEGO Workshop presented at  Northwest Indiana Educational Service Center, for teachers serving in 6 NW Indiana counties.

Professional Association Memberships

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

The Gary Reading Council

Journal Reviews

Peer Reviewer: Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School (NCTM Publication)

 “Understanding fractions as numbers and connections to algebraic properties.” (2007, June).

“Building on dynamic visual geometric experiences: an opportunity for generalizing the triangle inequality relationship.” (2007, November).

“A conceptual approach to learning algebraic procedures.” (2008, February).

“Bringing Connections to the Pythagorean Theorem ‘Full Circle’”

“Bringing Integrative Learning to the Mathematics Curriculum”

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Awards

Recipient-

FACET - Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (2012)

T3 Regional Instructor, Teachers Teaching with Technology (2009 – present)

Math Teacher Educator Middle School Technology Training (July, 2008), Included professional development plus class set of lators, $7k

Touch Math Catalog publication, (2006, 2007). As a result of teaching with these materials, the company sent a photographer and has used my class photograph and comments in their national catalog.

Nominee-

IU Northwest Founders Day Teaching Award (2012)