Promoted to professor
Congratulations to two math faculty members promoted from Associate Professor to Professor
M. Alejandra Sorto
M. Alejandra Sorto received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2004 in Mathematics Education. She is currently a faculty member of the Mathematics Department at Texas State University. Her research focuses on the preparation of teachers in the area of Statistics, the impact of professional development, and comparative studies in Latin-America and Africa. In particular, she is interested in developing instruments to measure content knowledge for teaching, teaching quality and analyzing its effect on student achievement. She has worked with governments of Chile, Peru, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Guatemala to help improve the preparation of teachers in mathematics and develop educational standards. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded her a CAREER research grant to investigate the Mathematics instruction of English language learners in the state of Texas.
Alexander White has a Ph.D. in Statistics from Michigan State University and has interests in Mathematics and Statistics Education. He is currently the Advisor for the doctoral program in Mathematics Education, Chair of the Faculty Senate and Liaison to doctoral program in Developmental Education.
Dr. White has worked as a consultant in test development, sample selection and evaluation for a number of organizations including the Honduran Unit for the Measurement of Educational Quality. He collaborates with Texas Mathworks, a center for mathematics education at Texas State University on curriculum development and professional development. He recently co-authored a new middle school mathematics curriculum, Math Explorations.
Dr. White has research interests in mathematics education, and statistics. In mathematics education he has authored several papers concerning the ability of students entering calculus to visualize functions and work with graphs. His has published several articles from a NSF-funded project on using Dynamic Geometry to teach high school. He has worked on application of statistical models to assessment of educational systems in Central America.