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Dana Olanoff Phd

Associate Professor, Mathematics and Mathematics Education

  • PhD Mathematics Education 2011

    Syracuse University (NY)

  • MS Mathematics 2003

    Michigan State University (MI)

  • BA Mathematics and Latin 1999

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)

  • MATH 111 Mathematical Ideas I

  • MATH 112 Mathematical Ideas II

  • MATH 213 Mathematical Ideas III

I have a variety of research interests that mostly focus on prospective teacher education. The four main foci include mathematical knowledge for teaching teachers (MKTT), the professional development of mathematics teacher educators, prospective teachers' knowledge of fractions, and task development for mathematics content courses for prospective teachers.

Selected Awards

  • Faculty Development and Provost Grants, Widener University, 2014

  • Doctoral Research Prize, Syracuse University, 2011

  • Outstanding TA Award, Syracuse University and Michigan State University, 2010, 2003

Selected Publications 

  • Olanoff, D., Lo, J., & Tobias, J. (2014). Mathematical content knowledge for teaching elementary mathematics: A focus on fractions. The Mathematics Enthusiast, 11(2), 267–310.

  • Masingila, J.O., Olanoff, D.E., & Kwaka, D. (2012). Who teaches mathematics content courses for prospective teachers in the United States? Results of a national survey. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 15(5), 347–358.

  • Tobias, J.M., Olanoff, D., Hillen, A., Welder, R., Feldman, Z., & Thanheiser, E. (2014). Research-based modifications of elementary school tasks for use in teacher preparation. In K. Karp (Ed.), Annual Perspectives in Mathematics Education 2014: Using Research to Improve Instruction. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

National Council of Teachers in Mathematics (NCTM), Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME), North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA)