Annie and John Selden, editors of the Research Sampler column, previously edited a similar column in UME Trends. They worked as mathematicians for many years, and for the past ten years, their research has been in undergraduate mathematics education. They have examined errors in student proofs, students' ability to solve novel calculus problems, students' grasp of the logical structure of informal mathematical statements, and are currently investigating (college) teachers' beliefs about mathematics, teaching, and learning.
Annie received her B.A. from Oberlin in 1959, her M.A. from Yale in 1962, and her Ph.D. in topological semigroups from Clarkson in 1974. She has taught at universities in the U.S.,Turkey, and Nigeria and is Professor of Mathematics at Tennessee Technological University. She has been a visiting scholar at the Division of Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology, University of California at Berkeley, and at the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education, San Diego State University. She is MAA Online Associate Editor for Teaching and Learning and a member of the Editorial Panel of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education.
John received his Ph.D. in topological semigroups from the University of Georgia in 1963, taught at various universities in the U.S. and abroad, and directed 9 Ph.D.'s in mathematics. He served as Dean of Science, Bayero University in Nigeria, and upon returning to the U.S., took up research in undergraduate mathematics education. He has been a member of the AMS/MAA Joint Committee on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (CRUME) and a visiting scholar at Peabody College, Vanderbilt, at the Division of Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology, University of California at Berkeley, and at the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education, San Diego State University.
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