2011 Biographical Sketch


Box 19408 • Department of Mathematics • The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, Texas 76019-0408 • Phone:  (817) 272-5047 • Fax: (817) 272-5802
Web: http://wweb.uta.edu/faculty/epperson

Dr. James A. Mendoza Epperson is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics at The University of Texas at Arlington. His research and professional interests center around mathematical problem solving, mathematics-specific technology, and increasing access to mathematics through improved preparation of mathematics teachers, program development, and curriculum development.

Currently, Dr. Epperson oversees the overall program mission and design of the Master of Arts in Mathematics for secondary teachers at UT-Arlington. This unique program focuses on developing a profound understanding of secondary mathematics and enhancing pedagogical content knowledge in mathematics. Since 1989, he has been involved with the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) at The University of Texas. ESP is an adaptation of the Mathematics Workshop Program at the University of California, Berkeley, which was developed based on the research of Dr. Uri Treisman. Dr. Epperson leads training and orientation of instructors working in the ESP program and its prototypes across the nation. He has made numerous presentations at professional meetings and has worked with many mathematics departments in Texas and other states to strengthen their freshman calculus programs. Over the past 20 years, he has trained more than 200 faculty and graduate students at a host of colleges and universities nationwide. In Fall 2010, UT-Arlington began an ESP program as part of the Arlington Undergraduate Research-based Achievement for STEM (AURAS) project for which Dr. Epperson serves as one of the co-Principal Investigators.


As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dana Center, Dr. Epperson worked on many projects designed to improve the mathematics education in Texas public schools. In particular, he worked with teams in developing the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in Mathematics—the state curriculum framework that was adopted by the Texas State Board of Education in 1997. Dr. Epperson is an author of mathematical chapters of the Advanced Placement Program® Mathematics Vertical Teams Toolkit. The purpose of the toolkit is to facilitate vertical teaming among mathematics teachers (6-12) and to increase the access to AP Calculus for all students.


Dr. Epperson served as a co-project director of the FIPSE-supported project Supporting and Strengthening Standards-Based Mathematics Teacher Preparation (2001 to 2004) which included the development of Guidelines for Mathematics and Mathematics Education Faculty to support new certification standards for teachers of mathematics. He also led the writing team for the Dana Center’s Ensuring Teacher Quality: Algebra II module—funded by the Texas Education Agency and The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

At this time, Dr. Epperson directs the UT-Arlington Mathematics Teacher Preparation Academy and is co-Principal Investigator on four funded projects from the National Science Foundation. He has served on the Advanced Placement Calculus Test Development Committee (2007-2010) and on the Executive Committee for the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching and on the Mathematical Association of America’s national Committee on Minority Participation in Mathematics. IDr. Epperson is a six-time recipient of UT-Arlington’s Provost’s Research Excellence Award. Recently, Dr. Epperson received a Universtiy of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award and is a 2009 recipient of UT-Arlington’s Innovation in Teaching Award

See also SUMMA Biography.