Dr. Christina Eubanks-Turner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at LMU. She joined the faculty at LMU in 2013. She has a Ph.D. in mathematics from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her primary research areas include commutative algebra, mathematics education, graph theory, and undergraduate teaching and learning.
Dr. Eubanks-Turner’s mathematics education research focuses on how to improve teacher content knowledge through open-ended problem solving. She has lead several professional development workshops for math teachers in grades 4-12 that focus on open-ended problem solving that fosters mathematical habits of minds. Currently, she serves as co-PI of the NSF-funded Louisiana Mathematics Masters in the Middle (LaM3) project (DUE-1240054). This project trains teachers in grades 4-9 to become master teachers in the field of mathematics. Throughout this five-year project, a cohort of 20 exceptional teachers are trained to become master teacher leaders through intense courses in mathematics content and pedagogy.
In 2009, Dr. Eubanks-Turner organized and led a team of two mathematicians and two math teachers to start the Acadiana Math Teachers’ Circle (AMTC). AMTC is a member of the Math Teachers’ Circle Network, which is a project of the American Institute of Mathematics. Typically, AMTC has informal monthly gatherings and summer retreats led by mathematicians in which teachers work collaboratively on engaging, open-ended math problems. She has also led several other externally funded teacher education projects focusing on algebraic reasoning and problem solving and has disseminated findings associated to the projects on curriculum development and program implementation at various workshops and conferences.
Dr. Eubanks-Turner also has interest in undergraduate teaching and learning focusing on assessment and evaluation. In particular, her research focuses on formative assessment in upper level, undergraduate theoretical mathematics courses. She has developed a comprehensive rubric to evaluate student presentations of mathematical proofs. Work in this area has appeared in the 2013 RUME Conference Proceedings. Dr. Eubanks-Turner also has experience in leading undergraduate research and mentoring underrepresented students in the mathematical sciences. Since 2011, she has lead over 15 underrepresented students in undergraduate research, which has resulted in four technical reports, one of which was published in a conference proceeding. Dr. Eubanks-turner is a member of the American Mathematics Society, Mathematics Association of America, Association of Women in Mathematics, and the National Association of Mathematics.