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WCE's Shelby Morge Elected to NCCTM Board of Directors

Friday, March 06, 2015

Watson College associate professor Shelby Morge has been elected to serve on the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) Board of Directors as the state college vice president. She will assume the two-year post during the NCCTM Board of Directors meeting in Greensboro on April 24-25.

NCCTM is a professional organization that supports mathematics education in the state through teacher workshops, conferences and publications. The organization also provides a voice of support for mathematics education. Membership is comprised of teachers at all levels, from kindergarten through graduate school, and other professionals who work with curriculum and materials for the teaching of mathematics.

NCCTM is also active with the national math teaching organization, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), with which they are affiliated.

Morge's role on the state board will entail planning and participation in conferences, contests and events, and voting on issues related to priority programs, budget allocations and advocacy.

Morge teaches mathematics methods courses for middle grades majors, supervises middle grades interns, teaches graduate level courses for the elementary mathematics add-on licensure program and serves as program coordinator for the middle grades undergraduate program offered by the Watson College. She joined the UNCW faculty in 2006 after earning a Ph.D. in mathematics education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Her research interests include mathematics teacher education and professional development; gender differences in mathematics participation and performance; the use of technology such as Squeak for teaching and learning mathematics; and the use of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data for mathematics professional development and instruction.

Morge joined NCCTM in 2006 and has served as the organization's Eastern Region college vice president since 2013. She said she is looking forward to her new role on NCCTM's Board of Directors.

"I enjoy working with colleagues from all over the state and having a voice in mathematics education in North Carolina," Morge said.

Kathy Fox, chair of the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades' Literacy and Special Education at the Watson College, said Morge is recognized in the Watson College for her dedication to middle grades education in her work with interns, field experiences and the teaching of mathematics.

"It is wonderful to see her take on this additional leadership role in our state as an advocate and role model, especially in the underrepresented area of females in mathematics," Fox said.

For more information on NCCTM, visit http://www.ncctm.org.