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Dr. Nicole Panorkou is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Montclair State University. She holds a bachelor degree in Education Sciences from the University of Cyprus, a Masters of Science in Mathematics Education from the University of Warwick in England, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the UCL Institute of Education in the England. She also worked as an elementary school teacher for several years.

Her dissertation was a phenomenographic study of students' experiences of dimension in geometry. After earning her PhD, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and worked as a post-doctoral researcher in multiple NSF-funded projects at North Carolina State University. She contributed to the development of the resource that maps the CCSS-M into learning trajectories, and was also involved in projects on the teaching and learning of geometric transformations and rational number reasoning, the design of Massive Open Online courses (MOOCs) for educators, and the design of exploratory learning environments.

Panorkou's research has been supported by the Spencer Foundation, the National Academy of Education and the National Science Foundation. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and also a NAEd/Spencer postdoc fellowship. Her work has been published in education and mathematics education journals. She often presents her work in local, national and international conferences.

Since 2016, she serves as an at-large officer at the University Senate of Montclair State University. She also serves on the boards of the New Jersey Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (NJAMTE) and the The Association of Mathematics Teachers in New Jersey (AMTNJ).

Research interests

Study of students' constructions and reorganizations of mathematical reasoning and integrated STEM reasoning, the design of innovative learning environments that utilize the affordances of technology, and a focus on the ways that technology and modeling can foster the utility of mathematical concepts.

Scholarly Interests

Interested in the development and validation of learning trajectories for K-8 mathematics; student learning of geometry, algebra and rational number reasoning; and a focus on the ways that technology and modeling can foster the utility of mathematical concepts.

Faculty/Media Expert

Expert on STEM education, K-8 mathematics education, student learning of geometry and algebra, and the use of technology and learning.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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