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College of Education

Faculty and Staff

Jan A. Yow, Ph.D.

Title: Professor, Mathematics Education
Department: Teacher Education
College of Education
Phone: 803-777-2472

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Jan Yow, Ph.D.


Ph.D., University of North Carolina
Ed.M., Harvard University
B.S., Meredith College


Jan Yow's research and teaching focus on mathematics teacher education and leadership. She views teacher education as a process that begins with pre-service teachers and continues throughout a teacher's career. Her research investigates how teachers develop as teacher leaders in mathematics and STEM education.

Selected Publications

Starrett, A., Yow, J. A., Lotter, C., Irvin, M., & Adams, P. (2021). Teachers connecting with rural students and places: A mixed methods analysis. Teachers and Teacher Education, 97, 1-12.

Yow, J. A., Lotter, C., & Criswell, B. (2021). The need for STEM teacher leadership. School Science and Mathematics, 121, 123-126.

Yow, J. A., Wilkerson, A., & Gay, C. (2021). Mathematics and science teacher leadership development through a teacher leadership course. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 19(4), 839-862.

Lotter, C., Yow, J. A., Lee, M., & Zeis, J. (2020). Rural mathematics and science teacher leadership. School Science & Mathematics, 120(1), 29-44.

Yow, J. A., Eli, J., Beisiegel, M., McCloskey, A., & Welder, R. (2016). Similar experiences between novice mathematics teachers and novice mathematics teacher educators. Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, 18(1), 52-69. 

Yow, J. A., & Lotter, C. (2016). Teacher learning in a mathematics and science inquiry professional development program: First steps in emergent teacher leadership. Professional Development in Education, 42(2), 325-351. 

Yow, J. A. (2015). “Can you tell me more?” Student journaling and reasoning. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle Schools, 21(2), 72-76.

Berry, R. Q., III, Ellis, M. W., Morton, C. H., & Yow, J. A. (2015, invited). In Memoriam: “I am a teacher. That’s what I’ve done almost all my life. I teach” Dr. Carol E. Malloy (June 6, 1943 – January 17, 2015). Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, 8(1), 1-9. 

Lotter, C., Yow, J. A., & Peters, T. (2014). Building a Community of Practice around Inquiry Instruction through a Professional Development Program. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 12(1), 1-23.  

Yow, J. A. (2013). Leadership from within secondary mathematics classrooms: Vignettes along a teacher leader continuum. Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 4, 61-66

Yow, J. A., Cook, D. A., & Morton, C. H. (2013).  Lessons learned from a community math project: Ethnomathematical games and opportunities for teacher leadership. Journal of Mathematics and Culture, 7(1), 98-139.  

Morton, C. H., Yow, J. A., & Cook, D. A. (2012). Challenging minds: Enhancing the mathematical learning of African-American students through games. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 14 (1 & 2), 107-121.  

Yow, J. A. (2012). Prospective teachers' beliefs about liberative and oppressive mathematics teaching practices: A first step towards equitable instruction. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 15(1), 83-96.

Yow, J. A. (2012). Mathematical Authobiographies. Mathematics Teacher, 106(1), 80.

Yow, J. A. (2011). Hurricane-Force Math. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 17(1), 64.

Yow, J. A. (2010). "Visible but not noisy:" A continuum of secondary mathematics teacher leadership. International Journal of Teacher Leadership, 3(3), 43-78.

Yow, J. A. (2009). Two mathematics teachers talk about their teacher preparation experiences: one an undergraduate degree and one a masters degree.  Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 1(4).

Yow, J. A. (2008). Mathematics departments: From organizational structures to curricular groups. Mathmate, 32(1), 24-28.

Rogers, D., Bolick, C., Anderson, A., Gordon, E.M., Manfra, M., & Yow, J. A. (2007). It's about the kids: Transforming teacher-student relationships through action research. The Clearing House, 80(5), 217-221.

Yow, J. A. (2007). A mathematics teacher leader profile:  Attributes and actions to improve mathematics teaching & learning. National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership, 9(2), 45-55.


College of Education Early Career Research Award, 2012

STaR National Fellow, New Mathematic Education Professor Mentor Program, 2010

National Board Certification, Adolescent and Young Adulthood Mathematics, 2000, 2010, 2020

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