Kennesaw State University

Mary Garner

Kennesaw State University
Interim Associate Director for Faculty Support
“If you don’t love and hate and play and joke with your objects of study, then you’re really not treating them properly.” – Dr. Robert Proctor (Stanford University)
Mary Garner is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at KSU. She earned a PhD. in Educational Studies from Emory University, a MS in Applied Mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Florida. She first came to Kennesaw in 1988 as a part-time instructor, and rejoined the faculty in a full-time tenure track position in 1998 after finishing her PhD. She has taught and designed a wide variety of courses at KSU, including interdisciplinary honors courses, freshman learning community courses, math courses for elementary and secondary education majors, math courses for science and math majors, and graduate courses in mathematics education and statistics. Her research interests include measurement, particularly the development and analysis of tests and surveys using the Rasch Measurement Model; and innovative teaching practices and professional development, particularly the efficacy of Math Circles and the integration of art, literature, and music in the mathematics classroom. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Measurement and was editor of Advances in Rasch Measurement: Volume One published in 2010. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Mathematical Association of America, Institute for Objective Measurement, and Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, and has served as president of the Georgia Educational Research Association. She is recipient of the 2009 KSU Distinguished Professor Award, the 2007 University System of Georgia Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2006 KSU Distinguished Teaching Award, and the 2003 KSU College of Science and Mathematics Distinguished Teaching Award.

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