Todd Abel

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Todd Abel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

About Me...

I am an assistant professor of mathematics education. I focus on teacher education and professional development, though I also teach courses for a more general mathematical audience. I received a BS in Mathematics from King College in Bristol, TN before earning an MS in Mathematics at Montana State University, where I focused on numerical methods and applied mathematics. While teaching at the University of Virginia's College at Wise, I became involved with teacher education through the Appalachian Math Science Partnership, one of the first and largest MSP grant awarded by NSF, and eventually earned a PhD. in Mathematics Education from the University of New Hampshire, where my research focused on the relationships between teacher beliefs and learning. While there, I also completed a PhD minor in algebraic topology. Teacher beliefs continue to be a focus of my research at ASU, along with mathematical habits of mind and ways of thinking, and mathematical modeling in the classroom.

Research Interests

  • Relationships between teacher beliefs and practice
  • Mathematical habits of mind and ways of thinking 
  • Mathematical modeling in the classroom


Mathematical Sciences
342 Walker Hall
121 Bodenheimer Dr
Boone, NC 28608
828-265-8617 fax

Department Chairperson
Dr. Mark C. Ginn

Assistant Chairperson
Dr. Rick Klima


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