Senior Secondary Mathematics Education Major Publishes on Social Justice in Mathematics Classroom

Posted on 4/30/2019 8:40:25 AM

Benjamin Phillian, a senior secondary mathematics education major from Uniontown, Pennsylvania, recently published the article “Social Justice in the Mathematics Classroom: A Critical Perspective” in the Winter 2019 issue of PCTM Magazine, a publication of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Phillian worked with faculty members Yuliya Melnikova and Janet Walker of the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. Phillian’s article describes an activity for a seventh- to ninth-grade mathematics classroom that uses mathematics to gain a perspective on social and environmental inequalities that communities face.

Phillian is a member of the IUP Math Club and the Preservice Teachers of Mathematics Club. In addition, he is an active participant in collegiate and community music programs.

Melnikova serves as the Developmental Mathematics coordinator and oversees the Intermediate Algebra courses. Melnikova has presented at national and international conferences and focuses on improving the student experience in college level math classes.

Walker has presented extensively at state, regional, and national conferences and has published in several journals on topics such as using technology in the mathematics classroom, gifted education, assessment, and implementing the NCTM Standards in the classroom. She was an associate editor of School Science and Mathematics for 10 years and co-editor of PCTM Magazine for five years. Before joining IUP, Walker taught high school mathematics for eight years in Oregon.