Christine Phelps
Christine Phelps​Associate Professor
Mathematics Education 
Pearce Hall 220 

  • Ph.D., University of Delaware, 2009
  • M.A., University of Delaware, 2007
  • M.S., University of Delaware, 2005
  • B.S., Michigan Technological University, 2003
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; Associate of Mathematics Teacher Educators​​
Professional Interests
Teacher Education, Student Motivation in Mathematics, Systematic Study and Improvement of Teaching
Teaching Areas
Mathematics Education
Recent Publications and Presentations
  • Phelps, C. M., & Spitzer, S. M. (accepted). Prospective teachers' conceptions and values about learning from teaching.  Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice.
  • Flores, A., Jansen, A., Phelps, C., & Cline, L. (accepted). A mathematics inquiry course: Teaching mathematics in a humanistic way.  In B. Gold (Ed.), Using Mathematics in the Philosophy of Teaching Mathematics.
  • Phelps, C. M., Shore, F. S., & Spitzer, S. M. (2014). Using Classroom Evidence to Inform and Improve Teaching.  In Karp, K., & McDuffie, A. R. (Eds.), Annual Perspectives in Mathematics Education, 2014.  Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Phelps, C. M., & Spitzer, S. M. (2012). Systematically improving lessons in teacher education: What's good for prospective teachers is good for teacher educators.  The Teacher Educator, 47, 328 – 347.
  • Piatek-Jimenez, K., Marcinek, T., Phelps, C. M., & Dias, A. (2012).  Helping students become quantitatively literate.  Mathematics Teacher, 105(9), 692 – 696.
  • Spitzer, S. M., Phelps, C. M., Beyers, J. E. R., Johnson, D. Y., & Sieminski, E. S. (2011).  Developing pre-service elementary teachers' abilities to identify evidence of student mathematical achievement.  Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 14(1), 67 – 87.
  • Phelps, C. M. (2010).  Factors that pre-service elementary teachers perceive as affecting their motivational profiles in mathematics.  Educational Studies in Mathematics, 75, 293 – 309.
  • Steele, M., Flores, A., Jansen, A., Newton, K. J., Sword, S., & Wilkerson, T. L. (2009, April). Math Experiences for Math Educators: Exploring Open Mathematical Spaces. Symposium at the Research Pre-session of the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Washington, D.C. Additional presenter.
  • Phelps, C. M. (2007, October). How pre-service elementary teachers define being good at mathematics. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Lake Tahoe, NV.
  • Greene, S. M., Beyers, J. E. R., Phelps, C. M., Johnson, D. Y., & Sieminski, E. M. (2007, March).  Pre-service teachers’ evaluations of student understanding. Presentation at the research presession of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.