Westminster College Assistant Education Professor Honored with Fellowship Funded By National Science Foundation

Thursday, February 13, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Sararose Lynch, Westminster College assistant professor of education, was recently named a 2014 Service, Teaching and Research Project (STaR) Fellow by the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE). The fellowship is funded through a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The fellowship is given to recent doctoral graduates in mathematics education who are in their first or second year as a mathematics education faculty member. Only 30-35 individuals are chosen for this fellow program each year. As a Fellow, Lynch will attend the STaR Summer Institute in June in Park City, Utah, and the AMTE Annual Conference in February 2015 in Orlando, Fla.

Lynch earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics and secondary mathematics education from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a master's in rehabilitation counseling and an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis on mathematics education, from West Virginia University. Her K-12 public education experience includes serving as a mathematics and gifted education teacher, emotional and behavioral support special education teacher, and as a transition counselor at the Maryland State Department of Education.

Her research interests focus on classroom mathematical discourse, pre-service mathematics teacher preparation, and mathematics instruction for students with disabilities.  In addition to AMTE, Lynch is involved with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Council for Exceptional Children, and has presented papers at several national conferences.

According to a publication by the AMTE, "Professors of mathematics education play a critical role in the achievement of national mathematics education goals, including conducting research that identifies effective mathematics teacher education practices and producing strategies and materials to support evidence-based teaching practices that influence student achievement in mathematics."

It continues, "These professionals educate the next generation of teachers who can teach mathematics effectively, implement research-based curricula in the classroom, and use proven mathematics instructional practices. They also provide, design, and deliver quality teacher professional development to current K-12 classroom teachers of mathematics at the local, state and national levels."

Contact Lynch at 724-946-7185 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


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Dr. Sararose Lynch, assistant professor of education