Faculty Profile for Dr. Jennifer Ann Czocher

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Dr. Jennifer Ann Czocher
Associate Professor — Mathematics
phone: (512) 245-3414

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Jennifer Czocher is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Texas State University. As a 2018 Australia Endeavour Fellow, she is working closely with faculty at Australian Catholic University on improving teaching and learning of mathematics through mathematical modeling. Her research interests include students’ mathematical thinking and cognition, research in undergraduate mathematics education (RUME), the impact of mathematical modeling tasks on students’ mathematical thinking, and how mathematical reasoning supports STEM education. She also enjoys thinking about epistemological and philosophical issues in mathematics education. With funding from an NSF CAREER grant, she is currently studying how individuals learn to use mathematics as a representational system and the role teacher questioning may have in helping individuals coordinate their mathematical and non-mathematical knowledge.

Research Interests

Student thinking, mathematical modeling, research in undergraduate mathematics education

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Czocher, J. A., & Melhuish, K. M. (n.d.). Attending to Coherence Among Research Questions, Methods, and Claims in Coding Studies. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education.
  • My Cat. Pictures of Trashcat. 2019 - 2023 (Regional)
  • Czocher, J. A., Hardison, H. L., & Kandasamy, S. S. S. (2022). A bridging study analyzing mathematical model construction through a quantities-oriented lens. Educational Studies in Mathematics.
  • Czocher, J. A., Melhuish, K. M., Kularajan, S. S. K., & Roan, E. A. (2021). Dual Measures of Mathematical Modeling for Engineering and other STEM Undergraduates. International Journal for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, 7, 328–350.
  • Stillman, G., Brown, J., & Czocher, J. A. (2020). Yes, mathematicians do X so students should do X, but it’s not the X you think. ZDM, (52), 1211–1222. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1007/s11858-020-01183-5

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Achievement in Teaching, College of Science and Engineering. 2023
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Achievement in Scholarly Activity, College of Science and Engineering. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor Award, Alfred H Nolle Chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Award, College of Science and Engineering. August 22, 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Research Excellence Award, Department of Mathematics. 2015

Selected Grants

  • Czocher, Jennifer Ann, White, Alexander (Supporting), Strickland, Sharon K (Supporting). CAREER: Scaffolding Strategies for Undergraduate Mathematical Modeling Skills, NSF, Federal, $954500. (Submitted: July 2017, Funded: September 2018 - August 2024). Grant.
  • Czocher, Jennifer Ann (Supporting), Winkel, Brian (Principal), Harwood, Richard (Co-Principal), Malagon, Audrey (Co-Principal), Shelton, Therese (Co-Principal), Tiffany, Patrice (Co-Principal). Building Community Through Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations (SIMIODE), NSF, Federal, $450000. (Submitted: December 2016, Funded: April 2018 - September 2021). Grant.
  • Czocher, Jennifer Ann. How to Help STEM Undergraduates Develop Mathematical Modeling Competencies, Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, $7040. (Funded: February 2017 - June 2018). Grant.
  • Czocher, Jennifer Ann (Principal), Maldonado, Luz A (Co-Principal). Investigating mathematical modeling activities of students from mathematically and linguistically diverse K-12 students. Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, $16000. (Submitted: October 2013, Funded: January 2014 - June 2015). Grant.
  • Czocher, Jennifer Ann, Maldonado, L (Co-Principal). Obtaining Mathematical Modeling Literature, Alkek Library New Faculty Startup Funds, Texas State University, $946. (Funded: 2013). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Post Doctoral Mentorship Committee
RUME Nominating Committee
Scheduling Oversight Committee
Budget Committee
Reviewer / Referee
For the Learning of Mathematics