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Denise A. Spangler

  • Dean, College of Education

  • Bebe Aderhold Professor in Elementary Education, Department of Mathematics and Science Education (Mathematics Education)

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Office Location

G3H Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602

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Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • Teachers' beliefs
  • Teachers' content knowledge
  • Preservice mathematics teacher education

Research Interests

  • Preservice elementary teachers' sense-making processes in classroom situations
  • Elementary teachers' content knowledge and its impact on instruction
  • Development of teaching practice across time

Programs of Study


Research Summary

I conduct long-term studies of preservice teachers from the beginning of their teacher education programs through their induction years and into their 10th+ year of teaching to identify significant influences on their mathematics teaching practices.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
PhD Mathematics Education University of Georgia 1995
MS Mathematics Illinois State University 1989
BSEd Elementary Education Illinois State University 1987

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2004 Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching University of Georgia
2002 Teaching Academy University of Georgia
2002 Hall of Fame Illinois State University College of Education
2002 Outstanding Faculty Member Kappa Delta Epsilon Educational Honor Society
2000 Sarah Moss Fellowship University of Georgia
1999 D. Keith Osborn Sr. Faculty Senate Award for Teaching Excellence University of Georgia College of Education