Keri Valentine, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Mathematics Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies
West Virginia University Center for Excellence in STEM Education

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Contact Information

Office: 604J Allen hall
Phone: 304-293-4335
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Ph.D., Learning, Design, and Technology
University of Georgia, 2014
Dissertation: Problematizing Space and Perspective: A Middle School Mathematics Experience

M.Ed., Middle School Science and Mathematics Education
University of Georgia, 2002

A.B. Comparative Religion
University of Georgia, 1997

Research Interests

  • Cognitive flexibility among mathematics learners
  • Hypermedia design (see Space and Perspective site)
  • Ill-structured problem solving
  • Design and computational thinking among K12 learners
  • Post-intentional phenomenological research methods
  • Design-based research
  • Technology integration in K12
  • Tabletop and video game design in K12


I started my position as assistant professor in mathematics education in August 2014. I grew up near Atlanta, Georgia and attended the University of Georgia (UGA) three times, making me a “triple dog.” Although I began my college career with a major in comparative religion, I returned to school in 1999 with the goal of teaching middle school math and science. Teaching and leading mathematics reform from 2002 – 2010, I decided to return to UGA and pursue a doctorate in Learning, Design, and Technology. It is here that I continued to investigate ways to support mathematical problematization activity on the part of middle school mathematics learners using design-based research strategies in conjunction with phenomenological research methods. While I continue this line of inquiry, I have also started investigating informal STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) learning environments in the context of summer game design camps for 11-17 year olds. My goal is to understand the ways in which young learners engage in design thinking and computational thinking in both analog and digital game design activity. Most recently, I started working with Dr. Johnna Bolyard to investigate the mathematical learning experiences of prospective elementary education majors with the goal of supporting prospective teachers as they transition from students to teachers of mathematics.

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 400 – Instructional Design and Evaluation
  • UTCH 222 – Classroom Interactions in Mathematics and Science
  • C&I 631 – Mathematics Methods for Elementary Teachers
  • C&I 293K – Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II