Naneh Apkarian, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae



Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education
I am currently working as a postdoctoral research associate at CRICPE. Here, I am supporting an NSF-funded study of postsecondary instructor's teaching practices in introductory chemistry, physics, and mathematics. We are working to better understand why some instructors use research-based instructional strategies in theses courses and some do not.
Naneh Apkarian
naneh.apkarian@gmail.com
c/o CRICPE, Mail Stop 5259
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5259
CRICPE Website


Writing


Journal Articles

  • Rasmussen, C., Apkarian, N., Hagman, J. E., Johnson, E., Larsen, S., Bressoud, D., & Progress through Calculus team. (in press). Characteristics of Precalculus through Calculus 2 programs: Insights from a national census survey. Journal of Research in Mathematics Education.
  • Apkarian, N., Bowers, J., O’Sullivan, M. E., & Rasmussen, C. (2018). A case study of change in the teaching and learning of Precalculus to Calculus 2: What we’re doing with what we have. PRIMUS, 28(6), 528-549. DOI: 10.1080/10511970.2017.1388319
  • Reinholz, D. L., & Apkarian, N. (2018). Four frames for systemic change in STEM departments. International Journal of STEM Education, 5(3), 1-10. DOI: 10.1186/s40594-018-0103-x [Enhanced PDF]
  • Dinsdale, E.A., Edwards, R.A., Bailey, B.A., Tuba, I., Akhter, S., McNair, K., Schmieder R., Apkarian, N., Creek, M., Guan, E., Hernandez, M., Isaacs, K., Peterson, C., Regh, T., & Ponomarenko, V. (2013) Multivariate analysis of functional metagenomes. Frontiers: Genetics, 4(41). DOI: 10.3389/fgene.2013.00041

Manuscripts in Review

  • Apkarian, N., Tabach, M., Dreyfus, T., & Rasmussen, C. (in review). The Sierpinski smoothie: Blending area and perimeter. Educational Studies in Mathematics.
  • Rasmussen, C., Apkarian, N., Tabach, M., & Dreyfus, T. Ways in which engaging in someone else’s reasoning is productive.
  • Apkarian, N., Kirin, D., Gehrtz, J., & Vroom, K. (in review). Connecting the stakeholders: Departments, policy, and research in undergraduate mathematics education. PRIMUS.
  • Reinholz, D. L., Bradfield, K., & Apkarian, N. (in review). Using analytics to support instructor reflection on undergraduate mathematics instruction. International Journal of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education.
  • Voigt, M., Apkarian, N., Rasmussen, C., & Progress through Calculus Team. (in review). Undergraduate course variations in Precalculus through Calculus 2. International Journal of Mathematics Education in Science and Technology.
  • Goodchild, S., Apkarian, N., Rasmussen, C., & Katz, B. Engaging a critical stance within a community of inquiry.

Other Writing

  • Quardokus Fisher, K., & Apkarian, N. (2018). Instructor networks across 22 STEM departments. In C. Henderson, C. Rasmussen, A. Knaub, N. Apkarian, A. J. Daly, & K. Quardokus Fisher (Eds.), Researching and Enacting Change in Postsecondary Education: Leveraging Instructors' Social Networks (pp. 96-125). Routledge: New York, NY.
  • Henderson, C., Rasmussen, C., Knaub, A., Apkarian, N., Daly, A.J., & Quardokus Fisher, K., (2018). Researching and Enacting Change in Postsecondary Education: Leveraging Instructors' Social Networks. Routledge: New York, NY.
  • Apkarian, N. (2018). Transforming Precalculus to Calculus 2: A longitudinal study of social and structural change in a university mathematics department (unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of California San Diego & San Diego State University: San Diego, CA.
  • Apkarian, N., Kirin, D., Gehrtz, J., & Vroom, K. (2017). Math department concerns: Working to bridge the gap between goals and first steps. MAA FOCUS, February/March, 35-37.
  • Voigt, M., Apkarian, N., & Rasmussen, C. (2017). Diverging from the standard fare: Variations in the calculus curriculum. MAA FOCUS, February/March, 32-34.
  • Apkarian, N., Kirin, D., & Progress through Calculus Team. (2017). Progress through calculus: Census survey technical report. Mathematical Association of America. Available: http://bit.ly/2xcbZTV

Manuscripts in Preparation

  • Apkarian, N., & Rasmussen, R. Mathematics instruction leadership in undergraduate mathematics departments.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

  • Apkarian, N., & Reinholz, D. L. (accepted for RUME 2019). Understanding and enacting organizational change: An approach in four frames.
  • Apkarian, N., & Kirin, D. (accepted for RUME 2019). Course coordination patters in university precalculus and calculus courses.
  • Vroom, K., Gehrtz, J., Alzaga Elizondo, T., Ellis, B., Apkarian, N., & Hagman, J. E. (accepted for RUME 2019). First-year mathematics students' view of helpful teaching practices.
  • Apkarian, N., Rasmussen, C., Tabach, M., & Dreyfus, T. (2018). The Sierpinski smoothie: Blending area and perimeter. In A. Weinberg, C. Rasmussen, J. Rabin, M. Wawro, & S. Brown (Eds.) Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, pp. 169-184. San Diego, CA. [link]
  • Apkarian, N., Rasmussen, C., Tabach, M., & Dreyfus, T. (2018). Conceptual blending: The case of the Sierpinski Triangle area and perimeter. In Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, pp. 541-548. San Diego, CA. [link]
  • Apkarian, N. (2018). Emerging instructional leadership in a new course coordinator system. In A. Weinberg, C. Rasmussen, J. Rabin, M. Wawro, & S. Brown (Eds.) Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, pp. 1414-1419. San Diego, CA. [link]
  • Apkarian, N., Rasmussen, C. (2017). Mathematics instruction leadership in undergraduate departments. In A. Weinberg, C. Rasmussen, J. Rabin, M. Wawro, & S. Brown (Eds.) Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, 485-493. San Diego, CA. [link]
  • Quardokus Fisher, K., Apkarian, N., & Walter, E. (2017). Let's talk about teaching: Investigating instructors' social networks. In A. Weinberg, C. Rasmussen, J. Rabin, M. Wawro, & S. Brown (Eds.) Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, 1214-1218. San Diego, CA. [link]
  • Voigt, M., Rasmussen, C., & Apkarian, N. (2017). Variations in Precalculus through Calculus 2 courses. In A. Weinberg, C. Rasmussen, J. Rabin, M. Wawro, & S. Brown (Eds.) Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, 1001-1008. San Diego, CA. [link]
  • Kirin, D., Vroom, K., Larsen, S., & Apkarian, N. (2017). Instruction in precalculus and single-variable calculus in the United States: A bird's eye view. In A. Weinberg, C. Rasmussen, J. Rabin, M. Wawro, & S. Brown (Eds.) Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, 1267-1272. San Diego, CA. [link]
  • Rasmussen, C., Apkarian, N., Dreyfus, T., & Voigt, M. (2016). Ways in which engaging in someone else's reasoning is productive. In E. Nardi, C. Winsløw, & T. Hausberger (Eds.), Proceedings from INDRUM 2016: First conference of the International Network for Didactic Research in University Mathematics, 504-513. University of Montpellier & INDRUM: Montpellier, France.
  • Apkarian, N. (2016). Talking about teaching: Social networks of instructors of undergraduate mathematics. In T. Fukawa-Connelly, N. Infante, M. Wawro, & S. Brown (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, 515-518. [link]
  • Apkarian, N., Rasmussen, C., Dreyfus, T., Voigt, M., Milbourne, H., & Gao, X. (2016). Ways in which engaging in someone else's reasoning is productive. In T. Fukawa-Connelly, N. Infante, M. Wawro, & S. Brown (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, 518-526. [link]
  • Apkarian, N., & Kirin, D. (2016). Active learning in undergraduate precalculus and single variable calculus. In T. Fukawa-Connelly, N. Infante, M. Wawro, & S. Brown (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, 512-514. [link]
  • Rasmussen, C., Apkarian, N., Bressoud, D., Ellis, J., Johnson, E., & Larsen, S. (2016). A national investigation of precalculus through calculus 2. In T. Fukawa-Connelly, N. Infante, M. Wawro, & S. Brown (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, 1245-1251. [link]
  • Apkarian, N. (2015). Social networks among communities of undergraduate mathematics instructors at PhD granting institutions. In T. Fukawa-Connelly, N. E. Infante, K. Keene, & M. Zandieh (Eds.), Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, 369-373. Pittsburg, PA. [link]

Research Projects

More detail about some of these projects is available on my research page.


Evaluating the Uptake of RBIS in Undergraduate Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics

Postdoctoral Research Associate: 2018-Present

NSF DUE #1726328/1726379/1726281/1726126/1726042, 2017-2020

Center website: wmich.edu/changeresearch

Progress through Calculus

Senior Personnel: 2018 - Present Graduate Research Assistant: 2015 - 2018

NSF DUE #1430540, 2015-2019

Project website: maa.org/ptc

Student Engagement in Mathematics through an Institutional Network for Active Learning

Graduate Research Associate: 2016 - 2018

NSF DUE #1624610, 2016-2021

Project website: aplu.org/seminal

Knowledge Shifts in the Mathematics Classroom: The Roles of Students and Teachers

Graduate Research Assistant: 2015 - 2018

Israeli Science Foundation, Grants No. 438/15, 2015-2019

Assessing the Impact of Teaching Faculty in STEM Institutional Transformation

Consultant: 2016 - 2017

NSF DUE #1612258, 2016-2019

MPWR 2016 and Beyond: Fostering Sustainable Networks for Women in RUME

Consultant: 2016 - 2017

NSF DUE #1553278, 2016-2019

Seminar website: www.mpwr-seminar.com

Exploring the Role of Instructors’ Social Networks in Undergraduate STEM Instructional Improvement

Graduate Research Associate: 2015-2017

NSF DUE #1550990, 2015-2017

Our book: Researching and Enacting Change in Postsecondary Education: Leveraging Instructors' Social Networks

Teaching Inquiry-oriented Mathematics: Establishing Supports (TIMES)

Graduate Research Assistant: 2016 - 2017

NSF DUE #1431595/143141/1431393, 2014-2017

Project website: times.math.vt.edu

Characteristics of Successful Programs in College Calculus (CSPCC)

Graduate Research Associate: 2014-2015

NSF DRL #0910240, 2009-2014

Project website: maa.org/cspcc

Research Experience for Undergraduates and Teachers: Biomathematics Project

Undergraduate Research Assistant: 2009

SDSU REU, 2009

Program description: http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/math-reu


Teaching Experience


San Diego State University

Instructor

  • Math 210: Elementary Number Systems

Co-Instructor and Observer

  • Math 496: Differential Equations
  • Math 600: Dynamical Systems

University of California San Diego

Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Math 20D: Differential Equations
  • Math 20F: Linear Algebra
  • Math 155A: Geometric Computer Graphics
  • Math 187: Cryptography

Service


Reviewing

  • International Journal of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (2018)
  • PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies (2016, 2017)
  • Conference for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)

Workshops & Conference

  • Member of local organizing committee (2017, 2018) Conference for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education. San Diego, CA.
  • Co-organizer (2015, 2016). Linked Education Researchers of Networks in Undergraduate STEM. San Diego, CA; Portland, OR.

Outreach


  • Guest speaker (May 2014). University of California San Diego Undergraduate Mathematics Day. San Diego, CA: Assocation for Women in Mathematics.
  • Volunteer (March 2014). Expanding Your Horizons. San Diego, CA.

Other Things


Invited Talks

  • Apkarian, N., Hagman, J. E., Rasmussen, C., Bressoud, D., Johnson, E., Larsen, S., Gehrtz, J., Vroom, K., & Voigt, M. (2019). The Progress through Calculus Project: A national study of precalculus through calculus 2 programs. Special session on NSF IUSE-funded research projects at The Joint Mathematics Meetings 2019. Baltimore, MD.
  • Apkarian, N., & Rasmussen, C. (2018). Mathematics instruction leadership in undergraduate departments. Special session on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education at The Joint Mathematics Meetings 2018. San Diego, CA.
  • Apkarian, N., & McConnell, M. (2017). Social network analysis in DBER and RUME: A new(ish) approach. Targeted session at the Transforming Research in Undergraduate STEM Education (TRUSE 2017) conference. St. Paul, MN.
  • Apkarian, N. (2017). Arguing about Sierpinski’s Triangle. California State University, Channel Islands Graduate Student Colloquium. Camarillo, CA.

Awards

  • ARCS Scholar, San Diego Chapter. (2017-18). Achievement Rewards for College Scientists: Advancing Science in America.

Other Presentations

  • O’Sullivan, M. E., Apkarian, N., Reinholz, D., & Zahner, W. (2018). Transforming introductory STEM courses: Moving beyond instructional improvements. Workshop at The 2018 Southern California (SoCal) PKAL Regional Network Meeting. University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Apkarian, N., Kirin, D., & Vroom, K. (2017). Active learning usage in Precalculus to Calculus 2. The Joint Mathematics Meetings 2017. Atlanta, GA.
  • Apkarian, N., Rasmussen, C., Milbourne, H., & Dreyfus, T. (2016). Ways in which engaging in someone else's reasoning is productive. Interactive paper session at NCTM Research Conference 2016.
  • Apkarian, N. (2016). Talking about teaching: Social networks of instructors of undergraduate mathematics. XXVI International Sunbelt Social Network Conference: Presentation and poster abstracts, 9-10. Available: http://insna.org/PDF/Sunbelt/36_Abstracts.pdf