Aleda Susan Gay

School of Education and Human Sciences - Curriculum & Teaching, Mathematics
Associate Professor
Middle Math Education Program Coordinator
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 341
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101


Mathematics Education:

A. Susan Gay, associate professor, joined the KU faculty in January 1991. Previously, she was the mathematics state supervisor for the Oklahoma State Department of Education and a mathematics teacher in Stillwater, OK Public Schools. From Oklahoma State University, she holds a BS degree in mathematics, a MS degree in secondary education with emphasis in mathematics, and an EdD in curriculum and instruction with emphasis in middle/secondary mathematics education.

She served as president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators from 1999 to 2001 and currently is the AMTE Conference Director. She previously served as a member of the Board of Examiners for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Susan Gay specializes in middle and secondary mathematics education.


Teaching Interests

  • Middle and Secondary Mathematics Education


Her research interests are students' knowledge of mathematical concepts, students' understanding of mathematics vocabulary, mathematical literacy, and teacher professional development. She has published research in School Science and Mathematics, Middle School Journal, Mathematics Teacher, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, and PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies and has presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings and national and regional conferences of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, and Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

Selected Publications

Associate professor Diane Nielsen involved in $120 million project to overhaul how reading is taught to children by 2015
School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
3.35: average GPA of students admitted to teacher education program
All teacher education programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
All teacher education programs accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education
Alumni have been named Kansas Teacher of the Year
Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award
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