Karen J. Graham

Scholarly Coach, Research and Engagement Academy and UNH Writing Academy
Executive Director, UNH ADVANCE
Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics


Karen J. Graham, Ph.D. is Executive Director for the UNH ADVANCE IT grant and a Professor of Mathematics in the UNH Department of Mathematics and Statistics. She is the former director of the Joan and James Leitzel Center. She received her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from UNH in 1986. She taught mathematics in Pine Plains, NY prior to beginning work on her doctorate and taught at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI) prior to joining the faculty at UNH. Dr. Graham also directs the UNH Master of Science for Teachers (MST) in mathematics program. Her professional and scholarly interests include the teaching and learning of calculus, mathematics education reform based research, and mathematics teacher development. Dr. Graham has served as the project director of many state and federally funded projects. She has presented numerous workshops at local, state, regional, and national conferences. In addition she has served as a documentation consultant on several national research projects designed to explore mathematics education reform efforts, the QUASAR (Quantitative Understanding: Amplifying Student Achievement and Reasoning) Project, the R3M (Recognizing and Recording Reform in Mathematics Education) Project, and the CCH Evaluation and Documentation Project.


Scholarly Agenda

  • Investigating student understanding of calculus and precalculus concepts
  • Investigating the mathematical knowledge needed for teaching mathematics at various levels
  • Writing curriculum materials for prospective teachers that draw on both their specialized knowledge of mathematics for teaching as well as their general knowledge of mathematics content and students

Funding Sources

  • National Science Foundation
  • US Department of Education
  • NH Department of Education

External Partners

  • New Hampshire Schools and Teachers at various levels
  • New Hampshire State Department of Education
  • Education Development Center

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