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Barbara Sponsel

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Professor of Mathematics
Division of Science and Mathematics
316-942-4291 ext. 2247
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Office: MN217
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Miscellaneous Information

Miscellaneous Information:

Dr. Barbara Sponsel is a tenured faculty member teaching in the Department of Mathematics at Newman University since 1999. As a Professor of Mathematics, Barbara has taught a variety of courses in the areas of algebra, calculus, geometry, and statistics. For the School of Education, Dr. Sponsel has taught Specific Methods of Teaching Mathematics for secondary education majors. In addition to teaching, Professor Sponsel has served on a multitude of Newman University committees (e.g., Faculty Senate Faculty Evaluation Committee (2013-16); Faculty Senate Professional Development Committee (2009-12); Gerber Institute Executive Board (2011-15); Faculty Senate President (2018-19)). Dr. Sponsel has also served as the STEM Club co-faculty advisor from 2015-present. Professor Sponsel earned an M.S. in Mathematics from Wichita State University in 1993, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction for Mathematics Education from Kansas State University in 2010. After completing her doctorate, she secured federal funding ($699,000.00 total) for two three-year Math and Science Partnership Title IIB grants (“Using Mathematics Practices to Understand Content” 2012-2015, and “Teacher Inquiry into Math, Engineering, and Science Practices” 2015-2018). As the director and principal investigator for these projects, Dr. Sponsel led collaboration between Newman University’s Division of Science and Mathematics, and the School of Education. In addition, Dr. Sponsel developed partnerships with Wichita area school districts including the Haysville Public School District (USD 261), Belle Plaine Public School District (USD 357), Wichita Public School District (USD 259), and the Diocese of Wichita Catholic Schools. Furthermore, Westar Energy served as a business partner for the second grant. The projects sought a collegial professional learning structure aimed at strengthening teacher participants’ content knowledge in math and science, enhancing teachers’ abilities to implement Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for Mathematics and Science, and enhancing teachers’ capacity to integrate STEM education. By providing sustained professional development for teachers, the projects ultimately supported the academic achievement of the teacher participants’ students in mathematics and science. Professor Sponsel is married, and has five children and three grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, and watching her family participate in sports and the performing arts.

Ph.D.
Education:

Kansas State University

Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Mathematics Education, 2010

 

Wichita State University 

M.S. Mathematics, 1993 

 

Wichita State University

B.A. Sec. Ed. of Math, 1987

Research Interest:
  • K-16 mathematics education
  • Math & Science Partnerships
  • Implementation of standards-based mathematics teaching
Publications & Presentations:

Funded Grants

  • “Using Mathematical Practices to Understand Content” (Y1 $110,000; Y2 $110,000; Y3 $110,000). Funding source Kansas State Department of Education through the US Department of Education, Title IIB – Math and Science Partnerships. Primary author, principal investigator, and co-facilitator. (2012-2015).
  • “Teacher Inquiry into Math, Engineering, and Science Practices” (Y1 $123,000; Y2 $123,000; Y3 $123,000). Funding source Kansas State Department of Education through the US Department of Education, Title IIB – Math and Science Partnerships. Primary author, principal investigator, and co-facilitator. (2015-2018).
Affiliations / Community Leadership:
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Mathematics Association of America (MAA)
Recognition & Awards:
  • Newman University Excellence in Scholarship Award 2012-2013
Resume:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NJi8KgMSSG0gT60aNpwxsjihu3KidteY