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Dr. Richard Robinson

Richard Robinson is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Citadel. Richard holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of Tennessee, where he also earned a graduate degree in Mathematics. Richard has served as a secondary mathematics teacher in private, public, and STEM high school settings. Previous mathematics research includes work with variable tension splines and finite element method approximations of the substructure of smart materials. Current research interests include disciplinary literacy, positioning theory, and the use of discourse analytic techniques to improve student engagement in the mathematics classroom.

Teaching: Fall 2017

MATH 131 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
MATH 618 - Mathematics Technology Resources for STEM Education

Selected Publications:

Robinson, R. & Dostal, H. (2017). Doing Mathematics with Purpose: Mathematical Text Types. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas.

Robinson, R. & Jocius, R. (2017) Barriers to Engagement in Mathematical Discourse: Malignant Positioning in the Secondary Mathematics Classroom. Proceedings of the 39th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Indianapolis, IN. (accepted)

Selected Presentations:

Robinson, R. & Jocius, R. (2018, February). Positioning Students for Success: Supporting Student Engagement Through Classroom Discourse Practices. Research presented at the meeting of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Houston, TX. (accepted)

Robinson, R. & Dostal, H. (2017, February). Mathematical Text Types. Research presented at the meeting of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Orlando, Florida.

Dostal, H. & Robinson, R. (2016, December). Mathematical Texts. Research presented at the meeting of the American Reading Forum, Sanibel Island, Fl.

Selected Grant Awards:

Co-Principal Investigator
Project Title: Collaborative Research: Integrating computing in STEM: Designing, developing, and investigating a team-based professional development model for middle- and high-school teachers.
Grant Title: STEM+Computing (STEM+C) 
Award Amount: $1,536,264.00
Project Duration: Sept 2017-Aug 2020

Co-Principal Investigator
Project Title: Promoting Problem Solving and Sense Making:
Engaging Teachers in the Mathematical Process
Grant Title: Improving Teacher Quality 

Award Amount: $172,257.50
Project Duration: Jan 2017-Aug 2018


American Educational Research Association
Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Graduate Mathematics
Programs, Director
Master of Arts in Teaching (with
Major in Mathematics)
Master of Arts in Education (with
Concentration in Mathematics)


STEM Education Research GroupFounder

Contact Information
Thompson Hall 329
Telephone: 843-953-9676


Ph.D. in Mathematics Education - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Masters in Mathematics - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Masters in Mathematics - Murray State University
B. A. in Mathematics - Murray State University

Vita: Dr. Robinson's Vita

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