Dr. Amanda Jansen, Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Delaware, is the recipient of the 2014 AMTE Early Career Award. Her research focuses on understanding the motivation and engagement of mathematics learners, from their perspectives, and on the learning of mathematics teachers. Her research has been published in journals such as Mathematical Thinking and Learning, Educational Studies in Mathematics, the Elementary School Journal, the Middle Grades Research Journal, and the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education. Her book (Motivation Matters and Interest Counts: Fostering Engagement in Mathematics, co-authored with Jim Middleton) was published by NCTM in 2011.
Dr. Jansen is committed to engaging in continuous improvement of instruction in mathematics teacher education through collaborative research and development with her colleagues at the University of Delaware, as well as mentoring graduate students to become teacher educators and researchers. Prior to her current faculty position, Mandy earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Michigan State University, and she was a middle school mathematics teacher in Mesa, Arizona.