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Melissa C. Gilbert, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education

Melissa C. Gilbert grew up in Austin, Texas and earned her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College before moving to the Bay Area in 1995 to pursue a career in education. She earned a master's degree in education at Stanford University and then a secondary mathematics teaching credential at Mills College prior to teaching mathematics in the San Lorenzo Unified and Mountain View School Districts. She primarily taught mathematics, both in self-contained and single-subject settings, to diverse groups of students (e.g., English Learners, special-needs) in heterogeneous classrooms. In 2001 she left the Bay Area to pursue her doctorate in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her desire to engage all of her students in mathematical thinking inspired her to focus on the relationship between students' motivation and their mathematical proficiency in her doctoral research, which she completed in 2007. At SCU, she conducts research on how teacher beliefs and practices relate to student motivation and achievement in mathematics.

Melissa lives in Santa Clara with her husband Joel, son Benjamin, and daughter Eliza. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, going to the beach, and watching sports with her family.

Recent publications:

Gilbert, M. C. & Musu-Gillette, L. E. (2011). TARGETTS: A tool for teachers to promote adaptive motivation in any mathematics lesson. In D. J. Brahier (Ed.), Motivation and disposition: Pathways to learning mathematics, Seventy-third Yearbook (pp. 265?278). Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Martin, W. G., Strutchens, M. E., Woolley, M. E., & Gilbert, M. C. (2011). Transforming mathematics teachers? attitudes and practices through intensive professional development. In D. J. Brahier (Ed.), Motivation and disposition: Pathways to learning mathematics, Seventy-third Yearbook (pp. 291?303). Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

 

Melissa's CV