Hodge new Haddix Chair at UNO

Dr. Angie Hodge, UNO
Dr. Angie Hodge, UNO

The Mathematics Department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha is excited to announce the addition of Angie Hodge to its faculty. Dr. Hodge is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and the Dr. George Haddix Chair of Mathematics Education at UNO.

This endowed chair was created in reaction to the need in the United States to produce enough home-grown STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) majors to meet all of the needs of our increasingly sophisticated and technological society. Effective and engaging K-12 mathematics education is at the foundational core of STEM education. Hodge will spearhead efforts to attract more and better trained secondary mathematics teachers to increase the size and effectiveness of the pipeline leading into STEM careers. She will provide leadership and resources for the UNO Mathematics Department, in coordination with the College of Education, to address this critical societal problem, and to place UNO at the forefront of professional innovation in the preparation of mathematics teachers.

Hodge attended Purdue University, where she earned her B.S. in mathematics in 2004 and her Ph.D. in mathematics education in 2007. She was an active faculty member at North Dakota State University prior to coming to UNO in August 2011. She has taught courses in axiomatic geometry, engineering calculus, calculus for technology majors, differential equations, history of mathematics, secondary mathematics methods, and mathematics content courses for elementary school teachers. Current research projects include examining gender equity in undergraduate mathematics courses and inquiry-based learning in collegiate level mathematics courses.

Hodge is engaged in mathematics education at the national level. She is a Project NeXT national fellow and actively involved in the program. She is also a member of the Committee on the Mathematical Education of Teachers (COMET), which is a national committee of the Mathematical Association of America.

- Dr. Janice Rech, UNO Mathematics Department