Fran Arbaugh, AMTE Past President

Term as President: 2013-2015

Dr. Fran Arbaugh is an associate professor of mathematics education at Penn State University, having begun her career as a university mathematics teacher educator at the University of Missouri in 2001. She is a former high school mathematics teacher, received a M.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996 and a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction (Mathematics Education) from Indiana University – Bloomington in 2000.

As a high school mathematics teacher, Fran had a few pivotal experiences in professional development that completely changed the way she thought about teaching and learning and, in turn, had a powerful impact on her instructional practices. Borne in those experiences, Fran’s research interests include the design and implementation of teacher development programs (both preservice and in-service) and how and what teachers learn from these programs. Her work in mathematics teacher education is widely published for both research and practitioner audiences.

Fran has served AMTE in a number of ways since joining the organization in 1997, including as co-editor of the 5th AMTE monograph and as a board member from 2007-2010. She has been acknowledged for her work in the practice of teacher education through receiving a number of awards over the past decade, including being named a William T. Kemper Fellow for Teaching Excellence at the University of Missouri (MU) and the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Post-Secondary Mathematics Teacher of the Year. She is currently an active member of the Pennsylvania Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (PAMTE).


Timely, important updates for mathematics teacher educators.

Our new Fall 2020 issue features the President’s Message with an interesting lensing of “plot twists” plus articles related to mathematical knowledge for teaching, defining equity, and developing equitable practices. You will find information on the AMTE 2021 Award Recipients, the STaR Fellows Program and application process for the 2021 cohort, and the upcoming Annual Conferences. This issue also includes a special call for Connections manuscripts focusing on field experiences, updates from AMTE's two journals and Affiliates, and more!  

Susan Swars Auslander, Connections Editor