Joanna Masingila

Joanna Masingila
Dean; Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence
Curriculum Vitae: Joanna Masingila CV
Phone: 315.443.4751
Address: 230 Huntington Hall

Joanna Masingila was named Dean of the School of Education on March 17, 2015.

She is a professor of mathematics and mathematics education, and was named a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence in 2003. She has been at Syracuse University since finishing her Ph.D. in mathematics education at Indiana University-Bloomington in 1992. Prior to her doctoral work, she taught secondary mathematics for six years.

Masingila has published widely in journals and books, and has developed a number of multimedia case studies examining issues in teaching practice. In 1998, she was a Fulbright Scholar to Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, and also spent Fall 2011 on research leave there.


  • Ph.D. Mathematics Education (Double Cognate: Mathematics), Indiana University, Bloomington, 1992
  • M.S. Mathematic Education (Major: Mathematics), Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, 1987
  • B.A. Mathematics, Goshen College, 1982

Research & Scholarship

Research Focus:

Teacher and Teacher Educator Development

Her research interests include teacher development, teacher educator development, mathematical knowledge for teaching teachers, and students’ out-of-school mathematics practice. She is or has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on approximately $5.9 million in grants, including six from the National Science Foundation and two from the United States Agency for International Development. 

Top-level research question:

  • How can university mathematics instructors and prospective mathematics teacher educators be supported to develop mathematical knowledge for teaching teachers?

Ongoing & Upcoming Projects:

  • Analyzing data about a national survey about mathematics content courses for prospective elementary teachers.

Grad Student Mentoring Possibilities

  • Analyzing research data.
  • Being part of a Community of Practice as an intern in a mathematics content course via problem solving.
  • Writing up analyses for mathematics teacher education journals.



  • Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award, Graduate School, Syracuse University, Awarded in 2006.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Unsung Hero Award, Syracuse University, Awarded in 2005.
  • Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, Syracuse University, Awarded in 2003.
  • Gateway Fellow, Syracuse University, Awarded in 2002.
  • Fulbright Scholar Award for 1997-1998, lecturer/researcher at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 1992 Outstanding Dissertation Award, Instruction Category, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Washington, D.C.
  • 1992 Proffitt Dissertation Award for Outstanding Achievement, School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
  • 1992 Outstanding Dissertation Award, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.



  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • AERA Special Interest Group for Research in Mathematics Education (SIG/RME)
  • Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE)
  • Association of Mathematics Teachers in New York State (AMTNYS)
  • International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME)
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA)

Select Service Commitments


  • Member of the Syracuse University Leadership Team
  • Member of the Syracuse University Chancellor’s Cabinet
  • Member of the NCATE/CAEP Board of Program Reviewers
  • Manuscript reviewer for the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education
  • Manuscript reviewer for Teaching and Teacher Education
  • Manuscript reviewer for Educational Studies in Mathematics
  • Manuscript reviewer for Mathematical Thinking and Learning
  • Manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Manuscript reviewer for International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education


Recent Publications

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