Faculty Profile for Dr. Kate Melhuish

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Dr. Kate Melhuish
Assistant Professor — Mathematics
phone: (512) 245-9969

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Melhuish conducts mathematics education research studies spanning the K-16 levels. Her primary focus is on the development of instruments (assessments, measures, observation protocols) that promote a focus on student thinking. This work includes lead developer/researcher of the The Group Theory Concept Assessment and the Math Habits Tool, and part of the research team on the Modelling Self-Efficacy assessment and Real Analysis Comprehension Tests. As a result of research on these instruments, Dr. Melhuish also develops interventions, supports, and follow-up studies to enlarge our knowledge as a field around student thinking and mathematics instruction that richly promote student-driven classrooms. To this end she is PI on two NSF grants, and co-PI on an additional two grants.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Johnson, E., Andrews-Larson, C., Keene, K., Melhuish, K. M., Fortune, N., & Rachel Keller. (2020). Inquiry and Inequity in the Undergraduate Mathematics Classroom. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 51(4), 504–516.
  • Melhuish, K. M., Ellis, B., & Hicks, M. D. (2020). Group Theory Students’ Perceptions of Binary Operation. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 103(1), 63–81.
  • Melhuish, K. M., Lew, K. M., Hicks, M., & Kandasamy, S. (2020). Abstract Algebra Students’ Evoked Concept Images for Functions and Homomorphisms  . The Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 60.
  • Melhuish, K. M., & Czocher, J. A. (2020). Division is Pretty Much Just Multiplication. For the Learning of Mathematics, 40(1), 38–43.
  • Melhuish, K. M. (2018). Conceptual Replications in Group Theory. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 49(1), 9–38.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, Assistant Professor/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer rank. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Seminar Award. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Valero Award for Excellence. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Research Excellence Award. December 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Research Excellence Award. December 2018

Selected Grants

  • Melhuish, Kathleen Mary (Principal), Lew, Kristen Marie (Co-Principal), Sigley, Robert (Other), Morey, Susan (Supporting), Dawkins, Paul Christian (Co-Principal), Bishop, Jessica Lynn (Supporting). Orchestrating Discussions Around Proof, National Science Foundation, Federal, $299847. (Submitted: May 1, 2018, Funded: November 1, 2018 - October 31, 2021). Grant.
  • Mejía-Ramos, Juan Pablo (Principal), Lew, Kristen Marie (Co-Principal), Melhuish, Kathleen Mary (Co-Principal), Weber, Keith (Co-Principal), Gitomer, Drew (Co-Principal). Developing and Validating Proof Comprehension Tests in Real Analysis, National Science Foundation, Federal, $600000. (Submitted: December 13, 2017, Funded: October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2021). Grant.
  • Melhuish, Kathleen Mary (Principal), Heaton, Ruth (Co-Principal), Thanheiser, Eva (Co-Principal), Strickland, Sharon K (Supporting). Using Technology to Capture Classroom Interactions: The Design, Validation, and Dissemination of a Formative Assessment of Instruction Tool for Diverse K-8 Mathematics Classrooms, NSF, Federal, $1984657. (Submitted: November 2, 2017, Funded: September 4, 2018 - August 31, 2022). Grant.
  • Melhuish, Kathleen Mary (Co-Principal), Foreman, Linda (Principal), Fredericks, Julie (Co-Principal), Thanheiser, Eva (Co-Principal), Shaughnessy, J.Michael (Co-Principal). Enhancing Mathematics Teaching and Learning in Urban Elementary Schools: A Cluster-Randomized Efficacy Trial of a Novel Professional Development Approach, NSF, Federal, $2488354.00. (Funded: September 1, 2013 - August 31, 2017). Grant.
  • Melhuish, Kathleen Mary. Scaling Up Research in Advanced Undergraduate Mathematics Education, Texas State University, $8000. (Submitted: October 2016, Funded: January 2017 - June 2018). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Mathematics Education Seminar
September 2017-Present
PI Council
September 2017-2018
Coordinator / Organizer
Mentoring & Partnerships for Women in RUME
August 2016-May 2018
Reviewer / Referee
National Science Foundation
Strand Leader
North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
January 9, 2017-March 9, 2017