Research in Mathematics Education (RME) was established in 2011 with an infrastructure grant from the Meadows Foundation. RME's mission is to conduct high-quality research in mathematics and STEM education, to cultivate positive change by educating teachers and administrators about evidence-based practices and systems, and to support mathematics and STEM achievement through academic growth and development of all students. Under the direction of Dr. Leanne Ketterlin-Geller, our research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Institutes for Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education (including the offices of Education Innovation and Research and Special Education Programs), the Texas Education Agency, InterAmerican Development Bank, foundations, and local organizations. Importantly, we have directly and indirectly impacted over 850 Texas school districts, more than 310,000 Texas teachers, and over 1 million students in Texas elementary and middle schools.

We are committed to engaging in research and outreach that will make a significant and lasting difference at the student, classroom, school, district, state, national, and international levels. RME supports mathematics education by (a) impacting students through projects involving teachers, parents, and policymakers, (b) empowering teachers and administrators through our conferences and through professional development opportunities, and (c) connecting researchers within the local, state, national, and international communities by sharing our research and intervention accomplishments.

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Research and outreach are conducted by faculty and staff in the departments of Education Policy and Leadership and Teaching and Learning, as well as through partnerships with organizations outside of SMU.


Dr. Leanne Ketterlin Geller

Project Staff

Cassandra Hatfield, Senior Research Project Manager

Dr. Jennifer McMurrer, Senior Research Specialist

Dr. Anne Marie Light, Research Project Manager

Dr. Elizabeth M. McCollom, Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Yanjun Pan, Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Elizabeth Thomas, Postdoctoral Fellow

Marcia Thomas, Instructional Coach

Research Fellows

Dr. Elizabeth Adams
Dr. Diane Pedrotty Bryant
Dr. David Chard
Dr. Lindy Crawford
Dr. Muhammad Qadeer Haider
Dr. Erica Lembke
Dr. Lindsey Perry
Dr. Sarah Powell
Dr. Pooja Shivraj
Dr. Anthony Sparks
Dr. Candace Walkington
Dr. Annie Garrison Wilhelm
Dr. Paul Yovanoff