2024 Early Career Award Recipient
The purpose of the Early Career award is to recognize a mathematics teacher educator who, while early in their career, has made distinguished contributions and shows exceptional potential for leadership in one or more areas of teaching, service, and/or scholarship.
University of Florida
Hyunyi Jung | Associate Professor of Mathematics Education | University of Florida
Hyunyi Jung, originally from South Korea, is a mathematics educator and a mother of two children. Driven by the two-body problem, she has relocated multiple times; these circumstances opened doors for her to grow as a teacher, researcher, teacher educator, and learner across several states including Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Florida over the last fourteen years. Along this journey, she learned about the challenges inherent in pursuing permanent resident status in the United States and social systems that influence individuals’ lives. Navigating the complexities of immigration and family life has influenced her mathematics education teaching and research trajectories. She explored how social systems shape mathematical learning, especially the learning of students from marginalized groups. She has collaborated with diverse learners, their caregivers, and teachers across various roles, serving as a university supervisor, preservice teacher educator and coordinator, facilitator of in-situ professional development and professional learning communities (PLCs), and director of mathematical modeling summer camps and after-school programs. Her contributions and passion for teaching were recognized at the University of Florida, where she received the Diane E. Haines Teaching Excellence Award.
Her research focuses on designing, implementing, and reflecting upon mathematical modeling curricula for marginalized learners, teachers, and community members. This work demands not just a profound grasp of mathematical content, but also an understanding of systems that shape mathematics learning and teaching. Her work has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, Educational Studies in Mathematics, Mathematics Thinking and Learning, Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PreK-12, and the Journal of Mathematical Behavior. She has been invited to present her research on equitable instructional practices for mathematical modeling through a keynote at an international symposium, and a webinar at the SNU Mathematics Education Webinar Series. Her passion lies in collaborating with students, teachers and community members, a commitment reflected in her ongoing efforts to collaboratively initiate mathematical modeling PLCs and develop free mathematics programs and resources for marginalized students and their caregivers. Additional details about her work can be found at https://hyunyijung.com/