Meet new faculty: Sean Yee, mathematics and instruction and teacher education

Name: Sean Yee

Degrees: Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Kent State University; MA, mathematics and M.Ed., Ohio State University

Current position: Assistant professor in the department of mathematics and the department of instruction and teacher education

Hometown: Kettering, Ohio

What’s your area of study or research? I’m primarily interested in teacher listening and discourse within mathematics education. My research also concerns mathematical proof education, discourse theory, secondary methods courses and mathematical problem-solving.

Why did you choose Carolina? I came here because of the outstanding faculty and the opportunity to make a difference.

What are you most looking forward to this year?  I'm looking forward to working the graduate students in the mathematics department on improving their teaching.  I have a joint position between the two colleges to share teacher-education knowledge with the mathematics TA-program. We have a weekly newsletter called the USC Math Grad TAbloid

What are you most looking forward to about being in South Carolina? I’m looking forward to playing beach volleyball and doing Argentine tango with my wife.

What made you decide to go into academia? Unlike the private sector, teaching can be immediately rewarding and welcomes mistakes as learning opportunities.

What’s a talent you have or something that you’ve done that people might find surprising? I play the trombone and guitar.

What do you hope to accomplish over the next five years? Tenure, a family and balance between home and work.

What was your dissertation? I conducted a study of how teachers and students use conceptual metaphors to solve problems mathematically.

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