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Amy Ellis

  • Professor, Department of Mathematics and Science Education (Mathematics Education)

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Office Location

111L Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602


Affiliated Units

Research Interests

  • Mathematics education
  • Algebra and algebraic reasoning
  • Generalization and proof
  • Student learning and cognition
  • Middle-school and secondary education

Programs of Study

Research Summary

My scholarship is focused on supporting students' learning in middle school and high school. I study student reasoning, particularly as it relates to algebra, generalization, and proof, as well as teachers' pedagogical practices aimed at fostering meaningful student engagement.

I have received thirteen grants from national and state organizations including the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences, and currently serve as the PI on an NSF-funded project investigating students' mathematical generalizations. Part of my current work includes scaling up findings from twelve years of teaching experiment studies to the whole-classroom level, in which I work with middle school teachers to support their implementation of research-based units fostering students' understanding of function. I maintain a strong interest in issues of equity and social justice, which informs my work with students, teachers, and school districts.


I received my Ph.D. from the joint program at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. I also hold a bachelor's and master's degree in mathematics. Prior to my appointment at the University of Georgia, I taught middle-school and high school mathematics in California, and then spent 12 years as a professor at the University of Wisconsin. In my current position I enjoy working with pre-service and in-service mathematics teachers at the 6-12 level.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
Ph.D. Mathematics and Science Education University of California at San Diego 2004
M.A. Mathematics California State University, San Jose 1998
B.A. Mathematics Washington University in St. Louis 1993