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Nicole L. Fonger

Nicole L. Fonger

Assistant Professor

103D Carnegie Library

    Research Interests

    Dr. Fonger researches how students learn mathematics, with a focus on students' learning of algebra and algebraic thinking across K-12 schooling. Her work involves the development of learning progressions and learning trajectories to characterize students' learning of mathematics in relation to curricular and instructional supports for learning. Nicole is also exploring how mindfulness practices might be effectively integrated into mathematics teaching to support learners struggling with math anxiety. These areas of scholarship are grounded in an agenda that values linking research and practice to bridge theory and instructional practice.


    • Ph.D., Mathematics Education, Western Michigan University, August 2012. Dissertation: Characterizing and Supporting Change in Algebra Students' Representational Fluency in a CAS/Paper-and-Pencil Environment
    • M.A., Mathematics, Western Michigan University, December 2009 
    • M.A., Mathematics Education, Western Michigan University, April 2008
    • B.A., Mathematics, minor in Spanish, University of Saint Thomas, May 2006. Magna cum laude

    Honors and Awards

    • Linking Research and Practice Outstanding Publication Award, Mathematics Teacher. The winning article, "Equivalent Expressions Using CAS and Paper-and-Pencil Techniques" was authored by Nicole L. Fonger, published May 2014, pp. 688-93.
    • Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award, Western Michigan University, Department of Mathematics, 2011-2012
    • All University Teaching Effectiveness Award, Western Michigan University, 2010-2011

    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:
    215 Carnegie Building
    Syracuse, NY 13244-1150

    Fax: (315) 443-1475