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RaKissa Manzanares, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Clinical Teaching Track

Office Location: AB1-4110
Phone: (303) 315-1717

Areas of Expertise:
Mathematics Education​

Education & Degrees

Ph.D., Educational Mathematics, University of Northern Colorado, 2006
M.A., Teaching Emphasis, University of Northern Colorado Mathematics, 2004
B.A., Mathematics, University of Southern Colorado, 1999


My research interests have been focused on the following areas:
1. Socio-cultural aspects in the development of mathematics attitudes and achievement among middle grade students and their teachers. In particular, I examined how a European American, middle class teacher influenced the development of his culturally diverse students’ attitudes towards mathematics and the potential effects on their achievement.

2. Mentoring graduate teaching assistants. Highlighting topics of concern that range from managing instruction and graduate coursework to balancing home, teaching, and junior researcher roles, searching for jobs, and learning about potential responsibilities as future faculty members.

3. Innovative projects and improvements to the teaching and learning of mathematics for pre- and in-service teachers.

Select Publications

Cribari, R. D. (2006). "Socio-Cultural Factors and Seventh Grade Students’ Perceptions of Mathematics" (Doctoral dissertation, University of Northern Colorado, 2006).

Hauk, S., Chamberlin, M., Cribari R.D., Judd, A. B., Deon, R., Tisi, A., & Khakhail, H. (2008). "Diary of a Graduate Teaching Assistant." (To Appear in Journal of Graduate and Professional Student Development).

Soto-Johnson, H., Cribari, R., & Wheeler, A. (in press). "The impact of written reflections in a geometry course for preservice elementary teachers." Research on Classroom Practice (chapter in book)

Courses Taught

Math 1010: Mathematics for the Liberal Arts
Math 1070: College Algebra
Math 1080: Polynomial Calculus
Math 2830: Introductory Statistics
Math 5004: Probability and Statistics
SECE 5800: SFU Algebra
SECE 5800: SFU Probability and Statistics