Travis Weiland

Education

  • B.A., Warren Wilson College
  • M.A., Western Carolina University
  • M.S., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Interests

  • Mathematics Education
  • Statistics Education

About Travis Weiland

I started my foray into education teaching high school mathematics for Buncombe County Schools before then teaching undergraduate mathematics courses at Warren Wilson College and Asheville Buncombe Community College. While earning my doctorate I taught mathematics methods courses for pre-service and in-service mathematics teachers. My philosophy for teaching is centered on the belief that education should be transformative, preparing students to be active, engaged, ethical, and critical citizens in their local communities and society at large. In that sense in my classes I try to provide students with opportunities to see and experience new ways of thinking about, and knowing, the world around them, but also how they can shape it.

My research interests are centered on issues of equity and access in the teaching and learning of mathematics and statistics in middle and high school contexts. My interests are rooted in the view that the goal of education should be democratic equality, fostering students to become active and critical citizens in their communities. I am particularly interested in investigating issues at the intersection of critical literacy and statistical literacy and how such literacies can be fostered in school mathematics classrooms as well as at the undergraduate level. In this vein I am currently working on ways to bring the investigation of sociopolitical issues such as gender identity and environmental sustainability into mathematics classrooms in conjunction with teaching powerful statistical practices for making sense of the world. I am also beginning to investigate how a critical statistical literacy can be fostered though interrogating data based discourses perpetuated social media environments and what practices are particularly powerful for interrogating such discourses.    

 

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Mathematical Sciences

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2380

Office address
229 Walker Hall