Bio

Trena L. Wilkerson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and currently serves as the Graduate Program Director for the Department. She received her Ph.D. in 1994 from the University of Southern Mississippi in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus in mathematics.

Dr. Wilkerson served on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board of Directors from 2014 - 2017. In 2016 she received the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ E. Glenadine Gibb Achievement Award for her contribution to the improvement of mathematics education at the state and national level. She has served on the Association of Mathematics Teachers Educators Board and in leadership roles in state and local mathematics education professional organizations. She is the current editor for the Texas Math Teacher, journal of the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Dr. Wilkerson was also a co-recipient of the Award for Excellence in Integrating Science and Mathematics from School Science Mathematics Association (SSMA) for her role as Director of the GEAR UP Math Initiative and Co-Principal Investigator of the GEAR UP Waco grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Baylor and the School of Education were involved in the GEAR UP project from 1999 to 2013. The second phase of that project (2006 – 2013) provided $11.3 million in grant funds. GEAR UP stands for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs” and prepared students for higher education beginning in middle school.

Her research interests include mathematics education, teacher education, algebra teacher efficacy, teaching and learning of mathematics, and professional development. She is interested in effective teaching of mathematics and its impact on student learning. She recently conducted research in early childhood understanding of rational number concepts, worked with a cross-university collaborative to develop an instrument to measure algebra teacher efficacy, and studied the effect of professional development on mathematics teachers and their students through Lesson Study. She has published in prestigious journals such as the Journal of Research in Childhood Education, Journal of Research in Mathematics Education, Journal of Advanced Academics, The Mathematics Teacher and Teaching Children Mathematics.

Research Interests (5)

Mathematics Education; Teaching & Learning Mathematics

Teacher Education

Teacher Efficacy

Lesson Study

Professional Development for Mathematics Teachers

Select Publications (5)

Equity within Mathematics Education Research as a Political Act: Moving from Choice to Intentional Collective Professional Responsibility

Dr. Trena Wilkerson, Co-Author, published "Equity within Mathematics Education Research as a Political Act: Moving from Choice to Intentional Collective Professional Responsibility" in Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Vol. 48, Issue 2, p. 124-147, with co-author(s) Dr. Julia Aguirre (Lead Author), University of Washington, Beth Herbel-Eisenmann, Michigan State University, Sylvia Celedon-Pattichis, University of New Mexico, Marta Civil, The University of Arizona, Michelle Stephan, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Stephen Pape, Johns Hopkins University, and Douglas Clements, University of Denver; March 2017.

A Framework for Algebra Teacher Self-efficacy

Dr. Trena Wilkerson, published "A Framework for Algebra Teacher Self-efficacy" (In Press) in Teacher Education and Practice, with co-author(s) Dr. M. Alejandra Sorto, Texas State University, Dr. Bill Jasper, Sam Houston State University, Dr. Sandi Cooper, Baylor University, Dr. Winifred Mallam, Texas Woman's University, Dr. Colleen Eddy, University of North Texas, Dr. Yolanda Parker, Tarrant County College, Dr. Sarah Quebec Fuentes, Texas Christian University, Dr. Judy Taylor, LeTourneau University, and Dr. Elizabeth Ward, Texas Wesleyan University.

Positioning Mathematics Education Researchers to Influence Storylines

Dr. Trena Wilkerson, Co-Author, published "Positioning Mathematics Education Researchers to Influence Storylines" in Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Vol. 47, Issue 2, p. 102-117, with co-author(s) Dr. Beth Herbel-Eisenmann (Lead Author), Michigan State University, Dr. Nathalie Sinclair, Simon Fraser University, Dr. Kathryn Chval, University of Missouri-Columbia, Dr. Douglas Clements, University of Denver, Dr. Marta Civil, The University of Arizona, Dr. Stephen Pape, Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Michelle Stephan, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and Dr. Jeffrey Wanko, Miami University; March 2016.

Teaching and Learning of Fractions in Elementary Grades: Let the Dialogue Begin!

Dr. Trena Wilkerson, Co-Author, published "Teaching and Learning of Fractions in Elementary Grades: Let the Dialogue Begin!" in Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, Vol. 17, Issue 1, p. 27-44, with co-author(s) Dr. Dittika Gupta (Lead Author), Midwestern State University; November 2015.

Characterizing School Algebra: Implications for Educational Policy

Dr. Trena Wilkerson, Co-Author, published "Characterizing School Algebra: Implications for Educational Policy" in Journal of Advanced Academics, Vol. 1, Issue 1, p. 1-34, with co-author(s) Dr. Colleen Eddy (Lead Author), University of North Texas, Dr. Sarah Quebec Fuentes, Texas Christian University, Dr. Elizabeth Ward, Texas Wesleyan University, Dr. Yolanda Parker, Tarrant County College, Dr. Sandi Cooper, Baylor University, Dr. Bill Jasper, Sam Houston State University, Dr. Winifred Mallam, Texas Woman's University, and Dr. M. Alejandra Sorto, Texas State University; January 2015.

Select Presentations (5)

Flexing Your Math Muscles! Student Understanding That Connects Concepts through Representations

Dr. Trena Wilkerson, and Erica Amos, Baylor University, presented "Flexing Your Math Muscles! Student Understanding That Connects Concepts through Representations" at National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, in San Antonio, TX; April 2017.

Grand Challenges in Mathematics Education

Dr. Trena Wilkerson, presented "Grand Challenges in Mathematics Education" at School Science Mathematics Annual Conference, in Phoenix, AZ; October 2016.

Common Observation Tool for Math Teachers Use of Formative Assessment in the U.S. and Thailand

Dr. Trena Wilkerson, C. Eddy (Lead Presenter), S. Pratt, S. Thinwiangthong, W. Suttiamporn, G. Matney, J. Saengpun, A. Sudejamnong, and K. Premprayoon, presented Common Observation Tool for Math Teachers Use of Formative Assessment in the U.S. and Thailand at International Congress on Mathematical Education 2016, in Hamburg, Germany; July 2016.

Professional Development Strand

Dr. Trena Wilkerson, presented "Professional Development Strand" at Algebra Readiness for Every Student, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Interactive Institute for Grades 6-8, in Denver, CO; July 2016.

Supporting the Development of Secondary PSTs Using Mini-Vignettes and Student Work

Dr. Trena Wilkerson, and Keith Kerschen, Baylor University, presented "Supporting the Development of Secondary PSTs Using Mini-Vignettes and Student Work" at Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Annual Conference, in Irvine, CA; January 2016.

Awards & Honors (5)

E. Glenadine Gibb Achievement Award

Dr. Trena Wilkerson, received E. Glenadine Gibb Achievement Award for contributions to the improvement of mathematics education at the state and national level from Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics; 2016.

Award for Excellence in Integrating Science and Mathematics, Co-Recipient

Dr. Trena Wilkerson, received Award for Excellence in Integrating Science and Mathematics from School Science Mathematics Association; 2013.

Rachel Hunter Moore Award for Outstanding Woman Faculty Member at Baylor University

Dr. Trena Wilkerson, received Rachel Hunter Moore Award for Outstanding Woman Faculty Member at Baylor University from Chi Omega Theta Kappa Chapter; 2012.

Outstanding Leadership Award

Dr. Trena Wilkerson, received Outstanding Leadership Award from Baylor University School of Education; 2002.

Outstanding Teacher Award

Dr. Trena Wilkerson, received Outstanding Teacher Award from Baylor University School of Education; 2000.

Internal Grants (3)

Baylor University Research Committee Grant

Dr. Trena Wilkerson; $1,700.00; Gearing up for Transition from High School to College; Baylor University; 2015-2016.

Baylor University Academy for Teaching and Learning Grant

Dr. Trena Wilkerson; $1,500.00; Co-Teaching in Middle and Secondary Schools in Florence, Italy; Baylor University; 2015.

Baylor University Arts and Humanities Faculty Research Program Grant

Dr. Trena Wilkerson; $900.00; U.S.-Thailand Research Network to Advance the Teaching and Learning of Algebraic Reasoning Fall 2013; Baylor University.

External Grants (2)

St. Paul’s/Baylor University Library and Literacy Graduate Assistantship Program

Dr. Trena Wilkerson; $26,211.00; St. Paul’s/Baylor University Library and Literacy Graduate Assistantship Program; St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School; 2014-2017.

GEAR UP

Dr. Trena Wilkerson; $11,300,000.00; GEAR UP Waco; U.S. Department of Education; 2006-2013.

Professional Leadership (5)

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board of Directors

Dr. Trena Wilkerson; Board Member; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board of Directors; 2014-2017.

Association of Teacher Educators Commission on Language and Mathematics, Chair

Dr. Trena Wilkerson; Chair; Association of Teacher Educators Commission on Language and Mathematics; 2016-2019.

Graduate Program Director, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Baylor University

Dr. Trena Wilkerson; Graduate Program Director; Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Baylor University; Current.

University Selection Committee for Outstanding Professors, Chair

Dr. Trena Wilkerson; Chair; University Selection Committee for Outstanding Professors, Current.

Baylor School of Education Curriculum Committee, Chair

Dr. Trena Wilkerson; Chair; Baylor School of Education Curriculum Committee; Current.