Sandi Cooper

Professor and Coordinator of Mathematics Education
School of Education at Baylor University, Texas

Current Academic Responsibilities

I serve as program coordinator for the Mathematics Education program and I teach undergraduate courses in the elementary certification program and graduate courses in mathematics education. The focus of my research is early number sense, integrating children’s literature into mathematics instruction, and mathematical experiences in museums. I am currently the Project Director of MELA (Mathematics for Early Learners Academy) for the School of Education in partnership with Waco schools.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Named Centennial Professor for 2016, Baylor University
  • Advisor/Development Team for “Air Show” Student Booklets, Baylor Aviation Department
  • Faculty Advisor for Education Programs for Baylor Bear Habitat (Live Bears on Campus)

Service to SSMA and other professional organizations

I have served as Co-Executive Director (2006-2010), member of the Finance Committee (2010-2013), Conference Program Co-Chair (2013), and member of the Nominations and Elections Committee (2015-2018) for the School Science and Mathematics Association. In other professional organizations, I have served in a variety of roles. As a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, I have served on the Editorial Panel for Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School Journal (2011-2014) and Teaching Children Mathematics (2017-2020), Conference Program Chair for the Regional Conference in Oklahoma City, OK (2008) and member of the Regional Conference Program Committee in Albuquerque, NM (2011).
As an active member of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, I currently serve as Secretary of the Board of Directors and I have served as Affiliates Director (2009-2013), NCTM Representative (2009-2013), member of the Affiliates Committee (2008-2011), member of the Communications Committee (2011-2013), member of the Conference Program Committee (2003-2008), and on the Doctoral Programs Task Force (2005-2006). I served as Conference Program Chair in 2007 (Irvine, CA) and Conference Local Arrangements Chair in 2012 (Fort Worth, TX). In 2007, I worked to establish an AMTE Affiliate in Texas and became the first President of the newly formed Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators in Texas (2008-2010). In my service as Past-President in 2010-2011, I proposed hosting a Fall conference and then served as Conference Steering Committee Chair in 2013 and 2014.
At the state level, I have served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2012-2015) and currently serve as President (2017-2019). I have served as President-Elect, President, and Past-President for the Central Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2010-2014).

Vision for SSMA

Based on my long-standing, active membership in SSMA and service on the Board of Directors as Co-Executive Director for four years, I feel that I have a historical and governance perspective in regards to how this organization has grown over the past couple of decades. With this in mind, my experiences can serve as a foundation for leading the organization into the future decades to further the primary mission and goals. In addition to my active involvement in SSMA, I have served in various leadership roles in other organizations that has provided opportunities to better understand the functions of professional leadership at national, state, and local levels. As a leader, I strive to be a good listener, orchestrate a team-oriented approach where all voices are heard, stay knowledgeable of current issues, and maintain organization in order to be more efficient. With 23 years in higher education, along with a long-standing, active participation in SSMA, I believe I would bring a historical, foundational perspective to organize important initiatives to move the organization forward.

In my perspective, SSMA is the leading organization to promote STEM Education. For years, SSMA has fostered discussion, published research, and hosted conference events to highlight the importance of the integration of Mathematics and Science. With the current momentum of STEM Education on the horizon, SSMA is uniquely situated to become the leader in STEM Education. As a part of the leadership of this outstanding organization, I would work to move SSMA into the primary conversations about STEM Education at the national level, organize and facilitate new initiatives that SSMA might host/sponsor/publish in STEM Education, and establish a formal recognition of members who are leaders in this field.