Diana Sherman

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies, Mathematics Education

Diana   Sherman, School of Education

Field of Study: PhD in Educational Studies--Mathematics Education

Geographic Region: West Hartford, Connecticut

Undergraduate: Mount Holyoke College (BA Psychology and Education); Central Connecticut State University (MS Elementary Mathematics)

Prior to UM: Prior to coming to U-M I was working on my Master's degree in mathematics and teaching two sections of an undergraduate mathematics course. Before that, I was an elementary classroom teacher in third and then fourth grade.

Why your program? Wanting to better understand the relationship between content knowledge and teacher effectiveness, I entered a master’s program at a New England school, during which I became familiar with the mathematics-and-teaching research of School of Education Dean Deborah Loewenberg Ball. When I decided to apply to doctoral programs to continue my studies on the links between mathematics content knowledge, I was attracted to the University of Michigan because of Ball and the research underway at the School of Education. I wanted to teach teachers. I read about the esteemed faculty at the UM SOE, including Deborah Ball, Hyman Bass and Ed Silver. Upon visiting U-M I fell in love with Ann Arbor and has positive interactions with both faculty and current students. In addition, I was offered a significant fellowship. For all of these reasons, I chose U-M.

The best part of SOE so far: The best part of my experience, bar none, has been interacting with and learning from my fellow graduate students. The intellectual and social community I feel with my second year cohort and other students in the SOE is unmatched.

After graduation: I would like to join the faculty at a university and work on, revamp, or create teacher preparation programs.

Teach me something! I find plenty to enjoy in Ann Arbor. You can cheer on the Wolverines, attend concerts and community events like Octoberfest, or find a place in the school’s student community, like the Graduate Student Community Organization (GSCO), and happy hour socials! 



Research Affiliations


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734.764.8416 shdiana@umich.edu