Christopher Dennis Nazelli (ac3361)

University information

Title: Associate Professor - Teaching
Unit: Mathematics
Department: College of Liberal Arts & Science

Contact information

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department: Mathematics
Title: Associate Professor of Teaching
Secondary Title: Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Center for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics

1091 Faculty/Administration Building

Research Interest/Area of Expertise:
  • Mathematics Education

  • Teacher Preparation

  • Lesson Study

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications:
  • Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction - Mathematics Education 2021, Wayne State University
  • M.A. Mathematics 1996, Wayne State University
  • B.A. Mathematics 1994, Wayne State University, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Awards and Grants:
  • Inducted, WSU Academy of Teachers, 2021

  • Community Telecommunications Network Grant, 2018

  • NSF WIDER/SSTEPS Grant Fellow, 2016-2018

  • President's Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011

  • College of Science Teaching Award, 1999

  • Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Mathematics, 1996

Selected Publications:

Nazelli, C., Zopf, D., & Özgün-Koca, S. A. (2022). Engaging elementary pre-service teachers with high leverage mathematical practices. In P. Jenlink (Ed.), Mathematics as the science of patterns: Making the invisible visible through teaching (pp. 185-204). Information Age Publishing.

Lewis, J. M., Özgün-Koca, S. A., Hernandez, L., Nazelli, C., French, K. (2022). Does the choice of observation instrument matter? The Mathematics Educator 30 (2), 33-63.

Lewis, J. M., Özgün-Koca, S. A., Hardamon, K. T., Hernandez, L. Isaksen, S., McLeod, M., & Nazelli, C. (2016). Does observational instrument choice matter in teacher evaluation? In M. B. Wood, E. E. Turner, M. Civil, & J. A. Eli (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (p. 1418). University of Arizona.

Currently Teaching:
  • MAT 2010 Calculus 1 (Emerging Scholars Program), 4 Credit Hours

  • MAT 2010 Calculus 1 (Emerging Scholars Program), 4 Credit Hours

  • MAT 1110 Math for Elementary School Teachers 1, 3 Credit Hours

  • MAT 5992 Teaching Mathematics in College, 1 Credit Hour

Courses taught:

MAT 2010 Calculus 1

MAT 2020 Calculus 2

MAT 2030 Calculus 3

MAT 6130/2860 Discrete Mathematics

MAT 5990 Special Topics -  Teaching Calculus Conceptually

MAT 1110 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers 1

MAT 1120 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers 2

MAT 1800 Elementary Functions

MAT 1050 Algebra with Trigonometry

MAT 0993 Beginning Algebra

MAT 2110 Calculus 1 Problem Solving Workshop

MAT 2120 Calculus 2 Problem Solving Workshop

MAT 1990 Elementary Functions Problem Solving Workshop

MAT 1060 Algebra with Trigonometry Problem Solving Workshop


Other qualifications directly relevant to courses taught:

Instructor, Director, Site-Development Consultant, WSU Math Corps 1997 - Present

Participant, IMPULS Lesson Study Immersion Program, Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo, Japan, Summer 2015 

Lesson Study Facilitator, Warren Woods Public Schools 2014 - 2018

Lesson Study Facilitator, WSU REALM (Realizing Equity and Achievement through Literacy and Mathematics) Project, 2016 - 2020

Facilitator and Participant, WSU Lesson Study Faculty Learning Community, 2019 - 2021 (Supported by NSF WIDER/SSTEPS Grant)

Christopher Dennis Nazelli

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