marketing and public relations
click here for the news highlights
click here for all news releases
click here for contacts
click here to read our functions
click here for the experts guide
click here for our home page
click here to subscribe to news by email
click here for the southern miss home page
click here for licensing
style guide
graphics standards
Released May 20, 2003


LONG BEACH - Dr. Julie Cwikla, an assistant professor of mathematics education at The University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Coast, has recently been awarded $489,367 in research grant money from the National Science Foundation. This is the largest grant of its kind for the fiscal year 2003 in the state.

The grant money will be used for her research study titled, "CAREER: Investigating mathematics teacher preparation across five institutions of higher learning."

"This type of national award is a tremendous honor," said Cwikla, of Ocean Springs. "It is important to me that the majority of the funds will support the development of local Mississippi professionals on the Gulf Coast who have invested their lives in teaching, learning and helping people advance themselves and their community through education."

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for outstanding faculty early in their independent professional careers.

"This award is the first step in highly successful research career," said Dr. Shelby Thames, president of Southern Miss. "I am proud to have Dr. Cwikla as part of the Southern Miss faculty and appreciate the collaborative effort she has built with area institutions of higher learning. The results of this research will strengthen all of our programs in mathematics and support public education infrastructure of the future."

Cwikla's project will result in two educational products.

The first will be the improvement and alignment of mathematics teacher preparation courses across five institutions of higher learning, which are Southern Miss, Jones Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Pearl River Community College and Southwest Community College.

The second will be an empirical description of the collaborative professional development process for mathematics faculty at the university and community college levels. The faculty will jointly clarify how best to prepare future teachers through course goals, content and methods. This ongoing process will use student data and feedback, as well as existing empirical studies about pre-service teachers' mathematics learning to formulate curricular improvements.

"It sounds simple, but clearly articulating the goals and projecting the needs of future teachers is not an easy task," said Cwikla. "This has not been done on a national

level for mathematics and we hope to provide a model of how teacher educators can best support future mathematics teachers."

Cwikla has been with Southern Miss since June 2001. She holds a doctorate of philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in mathematics education from the University of Delaware, a master of science degree in applied mathematics from New York University and a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and chemistry from Fairfield University, in Fairfield, Conn.


to the top


This page is maintained by the Department of Marketing and Public Relations at
The University of Southern Mississippi at
Comments and suggestions are welcome; direct them to
URL for this page is may03/cwikla.htm
April 20, 2004 4:09 PM