Positions

Overview

  • Presently, I am an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education. I hold a bachelors, masters, and doctorate in mathematics education from Auburn University. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in methods for teaching middle and high school mathematics, as well as mathematics content courses primarily taken by teacher education majors.

    My research and service activities relate to promoting inquiry-based instruction in mathematics teaching. I have collaborated with colleagues in the UAB Department of Mathematics, the Mathematics Department at Birmingham Southern College, and teachers and administrators in the UAB service region as part of the Greater Birmingham Mathematics Partnership. The GBMP has grown from a National Science Foundation Grant originally awarded in 2004 and has directly impacted hundreds of K-12 mathematics teachers since it began. Besides promoting inquiry-based instruction, the GBMP has conducted research to document effective practices in mathematics teaching.

    I taught mathematics at Spencer High School in Columbus, Georgia before completing my graduate work and coming to UAB. I enjoyed the diverse environment at Spencer which served students from military families as well as a cross section of south Columbus students. While on the faculty at UAB, I have been actively involved in Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics, having served in several leadership capacities including as a former president. I am currently President of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators of Alabama, an organization of primarily university level teacher educators in Alabama.

    Outside of the work environment, I enjoy rooting on the UAB Blazers in football and basketball. I also enjoy pursuits in the great outdoors harkening back to my roots as a farm boy from south Alabama.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2012 Girls Engaged in Mathematics and Science:an evaluation of the GEMS exhibitionGlobal Education Journal.  2012:44-52. 2012
    2011 Designing and developing lesson plans for K-12 classroomsComputers in the Schools.  28:27-38. 2011
    2010 Individual learner variables and their effect on mathematics achievement as students advance from fifth to sixth grade 2010
    2010 A hands-on approach to learning mathematics and science: An evaluation of GEMS lesson plansNational Forum Teacher Education Journal.  3:77-81. 2010
    2010 Attribution in Mathematics: A Review of LiteratureSchool Science and Mathematics.  110:24-30. 2010
    2009 Do Individual Learner Variables Contribute to Differences in Mathematics PerformanceSRATE Journal.  18:1-8. 2009
    1999 Reflections on the past 35 years of mathematics education through the eyes of Dr. Kenneth E. EasterdayAlabama Journal of Mathematics.  23:15-28. 1999

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    1995 Cooperative Group Learning in the Secondary Mathematics Classroom.  281-301. 1995

    Teaching Activities

  • MA514 - Geometr & Proportnal Reasoning (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • EHS456 - Classroom Mgt in Sec Schools (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • EHS556 - Classroom Mgt in Sec Schools (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • MA313 - PatternsFunct& Alg Reasoning (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • MA513 - PatternsFunct & Alg Reasoning (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • EHS489 - Internship Sem in Sec Educ (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • EHS616 - Teaching Math in Sec School (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • EHS470 - Practicum II (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • EHS489 - Internship Sem in Sec Educ (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • EHS565 - Sec School Curriculum: Math (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • EHS690 - Intern Seminar in Sec Edu (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • EMS330 - Intro Mid/Jr High Teaching (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • MA517 - Extending Algebraic Reasoning (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • MA519 - Special Topics for Teachers (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • EHS616 - Teaching Math in Sec School (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • EMS330 - Intro Mid/Jr High Teaching (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • MA314 - Geom & Proportional Reasoning (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • MA514 - Geometr & Proportnal Reasoning (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • EDC655 - Curriculum Prin and Practices (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • EDC712 - Curriculum and Instruction Sem (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • EHS465 - Secondary Math Methods (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • EHS470 - Practicum II (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • EHS565 - Sec School Curriculum: Math (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • MA313 - PatternsFunct& Alg Reasoning (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • MA513 - PatternsFunct & Alg Reasoning (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • EDC694 - Curriculum Seminar (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • EDC720 - Problems and Issues in Educ (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • EHS653 - Current Issues in Sec Educ (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • MA513 - PatternsFunct & Alg Reasoning (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • MA516 - Numerical Reasoning (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • MA517 - Extending Algebraic Reasoning (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • EHS616 - Teaching Math in Sec School (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • MA314 - Geom & Proportional Reasoning (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • MA514 - Geometr & Proportnal Reasoning (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • EDC729 - EDS Research Project II (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • EEC560 - Current Issues in Education (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • EHS470 - Practicum II (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • EMS352 - Teaching Math Mid/Jr High Schl (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • EDC720 - Problems and Issues in Educ (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • EEC560 - Current Issues in Education (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • EEC620 - Teaching Mathematics N-6 (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • EEC678 - Primary Math: Constructive App (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • EHS651 - Innov Practices Tchg Sec Schl (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • MA516 - Numerical Reasoning (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • MA517 - Extending Algebraic Reasoning (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • EDC720 - Problems and Issues in Educ (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • EHS616 - Teaching Math in Sec School (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • MA314 - Geom & Proportional Reasoning (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • MA514 - Geometr & Proportnal Reasoning (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • EHS470 - Practicum II (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • EMS352 - Teaching Math Mid/Jr High Schl (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • MA313 - PatternsFunct& Alg Reasoning (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • MA513 - PatternsFunct & Alg Reasoning (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • EEC678 - Primary Math: Constructive App (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • MA411 - Integrating Mathematical Ideas (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • MA412 - Connecting Ma to Sc and Techn (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • MA511 - Integrating Math Ideas (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • MA512 - Connect Ma to SC and Tech (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • MA515 - Probablistic & Stat Reasoning (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • MA516 - Numerical Reasoning (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • MA517 - Extending Algebraic Reasoning (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • EHS616 - Teaching Math in Sec School (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • EHS653 - Current Issues in Sec Educ (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • EHS565 - Sec School Curriculum: Math (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • MA313 - PatternsFunct& Alg Reasoning (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • MA513 - PatternsFunct & Alg Reasoning (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • EEC560 - Current Issues in Education (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • EEC620 - Teaching Mathematics N-6 (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • MA315 - Probablistic and Stat Reason (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • MA411 - Integrating Mathematical Ideas (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • MA419 - Special Topics for Teachers (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • MA513 - PatternsFunct & Alg Reasoning (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • MA515 - Probablistic & Stat Reasoning (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • MA517 - Extending Algebraic Reasoning (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • EHS616 - Teaching Math in Sec School (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • EHS690 - Intern Seminar in Sec Edu (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • MA314 - Math for Elem/Mid Sch Tchr II (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • MA514 - Math for Elem/Mid Schl Tchrs (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • EHS465 - Secondary Math Methods (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • EHS565 - Sec School Curriculum: Math (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • MA313 - Math for Elem/Mid Sch Tchr I (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • MA513 - Math for Elem/Mid Schl Tchrs (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Education in Mathematics Teacher Education, Auburn University 1989
  • Master of Education in Mathematics Teacher Education, Auburn University 1983
  • Full Name

  • Tommy Smith