Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Director, Center for Mathematics and Science Education Research
DeAnn Huinker is a professor of mathematics education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) and directs the UWM Center for Mathematics and Science Education Research (CMSER). She also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Dr. Huinker teaches courses in mathematics education with emphasis on current issues, research, and practices in the teaching and learning of mathematics at the early childhood, elementary, and middle school levels.
Dr. Huinker was a lead writer for “Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All” published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 2014. This document defines and describes the principles and actions, including specific teaching practices, that are essential for a high-quality mathematics education for all students.
She is actively involved supporting school districts with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and using research-informed practices to improve mathematics programs. Huinker is currently directing projects on the development of teacher leaders in mathematics (Pathways to Teacher Leadership in Mathematics) and on improving mathematics teaching and learning in grades K-8 (Core Mathematics Partnership).
Dr. Huinker was the principal investigator of the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership, a $20 million National Science Foundation project focused on developing mathematics teacher leaders, improving teaching and learning of mathematics in the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), and revising the mathematical preparation of teachers at UWM and the Milwaukee Area Technical College. She is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, having chaired the editorial panel for Teaching Children Mathematics, and co-authored the Mathematics Assessment Sampler PreK-2 and the and Navigating through Number and Operations in Grades 3-5. Her professional work has included serving as program chair for the Annual Meeting of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, president of the Milwaukee Area Mathematics Council, and journal editor of Wisconsin Teacher of Mathematics.
Huinker conducts research and writes about mathematics teaching, children's learning of mathematics, and preparation of teachers of mathematics. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and her doctorate from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.