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FPU Partnership

Chris Brownell, Ph.D – Program Director and Associate Professor of Mathematics & STEM Education – Fresno Pacific University
cbrownell@aimsedu.org — (559) 453-2046

Chris BrownellChris Brownell is the Coordinator of Outreach for the AIMS Center, and Director of the Math & STEM Education Master’s degree programs at Fresno Pacific University (FPU). He is a former high school mathematics teacher, turned university math professor, turned mathematics education researcher. Chris received his Doctorate at the Claremont Graduate University (CGU). He has served as the Coordinator or Investigator on several grants for both FPU and CGU. His research interests lie in math education practice and policy, integration of content areas such as Science, Engineering, and Art with Math, International Comparative Education, and how play is incorporated for early learners in countries other than the United States. As an ambassador for the Global Math Project, he supports the ideal of joyful and uplifting mathematical experiences for all students. He is the host of the AIMS Center’s ZPC Podcast which, airs weekly on Thursday afternoons.
Steve Pauls, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Chemistry – Fresno Pacific University
spauls@aimsedu.org — (559) 453-2209

Steve PaulsSteve Pauls currently holds a joint appointment between Fresno Pacific University and the AIMS Center. He received his doctorate from the University of Kansas in Physical Chemistry and over the past 15 years he has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses for FPU in science, mathematics, and teacher education. He is currently teaching the general physics sequence on the undergraduate side and several different courses for the graduate STEM Master’s Education program for teachers. Steve also works closely with teachers in the valley through a variety of Math Science Partnership (MSP) multi-year grants looking to improve both content and pedagogy of our regional teachers.

For the AIMS Center, Steve has been tasked with understanding and interpreting the latest research involving the cognitive development and conceptual understanding of young children in science and mathematics. He is interested in developing an integrative program involving spatial representation and learning within context of science education.