Denise A. Spangler is dean of the College of Education, Bebe Aderhold Professor in Early Childhood Education, and professor of mathematics education in the Department of Mathematics and Science Education.
In 2017, she was named senior associate dean of the College and previously served as associate dean for the Office of Faculty and Staff Services. She also served nine years as the department head of mathematics and science education.
Spangler's research focuses on how elementary education majors learn to teach mathematics. She conducts long-term studies of preservice teachers starting at the beginning of their teacher education programs to identify significant influences on their mathematics teaching practices later in their careers.
As the principal investigator of a Spencer Foundation grant, Spangler aims to understand how beliefs and other contextual factors influence teaching practice over time. The project will help shed light on what happens to teachers after they graduate and how these programs continue to shape their instructional practices and beliefs.
She has published more than 80 scholarly articles, books, and book chapters and is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board of Directors. In 2017, she was appointed to the President's Task Force on Undergraduate Education at UGA, and more recently, to the University's Staff Salary Administration Plan Advisory Group.
In 2016, Spangler was named a mentor for UGA's Teaching Academy Fellows program, where she helps foster a community of scholars and early career faculty committed to teaching.
Spangler earned her doctorate in mathematics education from the University of Georgia in 1995 and is the recipient of multiple awards and accolades, including the 1999 D. Keith Osborn Sr. Faculty Senate Award for Teaching Excellence from UGA's College of Education; the 2000 Sara Moss Fellowship from UGA; the 2002 Outstanding Faculty Member Award from UGA's Kappa Delta Epsilon Educational Honor Society; and the 2004 Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from UGA.