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The vision of the College of Education and Health Professions is to prepare highly qualified professionals and leaders who possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to increase the quality of life in the community by improving P-12 student learning and professional health care.

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Basil Conway

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

Basil Conway

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Dr. Basil Conway

Position: Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, MEd and EdS Mathematics Education Program Coordinator
Office: Frank Brown Hall 3351
Phone: 706-565-1411
E-mail: conway_basil@columbusstate.edu
Bio

Education

Auburn University, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education
Colorado State University; Fort Collins, CO, Master of Science in Applied Statistics
Auburn University, Master of Science in Mathematics Education
Auburn University, Doctorate of Philosophy in Mathematics Education

Specialty Area

Mathematics and Statistics Education

Bio

Basil Conway's current research in mathematics education has focused on two areas. The first has been in reducing the opportunity gap for students who are traditionally underrepresented in advanced mathematics courses. His second-most current research area has focused on the use of the dual internship model to promote a professional learning community between teacher candidates and the master mentor teacher. Basil has served in two parts with this model and is collaborating with three other universities nationally to highlight the impact and risks of such placements.

Basil's research interests in the education of mathematical content focus on statistics. His current research relates to the use of the Statistical Reasoning Learning Environment (Garfield and Ben-Zvi, 2008) to increase students’ ability to reason statistically and increase affection toward the subject. His most recent work in statistical content has been at the elementary level developing students' understanding of distributions and variation. Basil's statistical interests from his Master’s in Statistical Science at Colorado State University are in the use of benchmark assessments to predict and monitor student achievement through the use of discriminant analysis and multivariate statistics.

Basil began his professional career in education in 2005 as a middle school teacher. He transitioned to teaching high school in 2012. In 2015, Basil began his professorship at Jacksonville State University and moved to Columbus State University in 2017. He has a diverse range of experiences in both the types of courses taught in mathematics, statistics, mathematics education. He has also served in diverse geographical locations including rural, city, and urban areas.

Presentations

  • Conway, B. Seek Justice, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics National Virtual Conference: Reston, VA. *Invited Speaker
  • Conway, B., Staley, J., Lawler, B., & Berry, R. Seek Justice, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly. Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics National Virtual Conference: Reston, VA. *Invited Speaker
  • Berry, R., Conway, B., Lawler, B., & Staley, J. (2020). Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice. Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference. Virtual Conference. *Invited Keynote Speaker
  • Berry, R., Staley, J., Conway, B., & Lawler, B. (2020). Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice. NCTM’s 2020 Virtual Leadership Conference: Reston, VA. *Invited Speaker.
  • Berry, R., Staley, J., Conway, B., & Lawler, B. (2020). Leadership, Social Justice, & Mathematics: Making Sense and moving Forward with Action. NCTM’s 2020 Virtual Leadership Conference: Reston, VA. *Invited Speaker.
  • Berry, R. Conway, B., Lawler, B., & Staley, J. (2020, August). Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice. Teacher Math Teaching Podcast. AMTE: Orlando, FL. Retrieved from https://www.teachingmathteachingpodcast.com/. *Invited Speaker.
  • Conway, B. (2020, June). High school mathematics lessons to explore, understand, and respond to social injustice. TODOS: Mathematics for ALL Excellence and Equity in Mathematics. Activating Agency for Student Access, Engagement and Advancement in Mathematics: Scottsdale, AZ. Conference canceled.
  • Conway, B. & Staley, J. (2020, July). High school mathematics lessons to explore, understand, and respond to social injustice. Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching: Fort Worth, TX. *Invited Keynote Speaker, https://camtonline.org/key-note-speakers-4/
  • Staley, J. & Conway, B. (2020, April). Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice at National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference; Chicago, IL. Conference canceled.
  • Conway, B. (2020, February). Improving Clinical Experiences through the Paired Placement Model. Columbus Advisory Board Meeting: Columbus, GA.
  • Strutchens, M., Zelkowski, J., Sears, R., Conway, B., & Mangram, C. (2020, February). Collaborating to Improve Clinical Experiences for Secondary Mathematics Teacher Candidates at Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators: Phoenix, AZ.
  • Strutchens, M. Sears, R., Gobstein, H., Martin, W., Sutton, J., Zelkowski, J., Conway, B., Mangram, C. (2020, January). Collaborative research: Attaining excellence in secondary mathematics clinical experiences with a lens on equity. Joint Mathematics Meeting: Denver, CO.
  • Conway, B. (2019, November). Developing Conceptual Understanding of Pearson’s Correlation Coefficient. Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics; Birmingham, AL.
  • Conway, B. & Anderson, P., (2019, October). Invited talk, Making and Take: Correlation versus Causation in the Middle Grades, Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Rock Eagle, GA.
  • Conway, B. (2019, October). Sharing and Building Resources to Equip and Empower Mathematics Teacher Educators Georgia Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (GAMTE) Annual Conference; Rock Eagle, GA.
  • https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/gamte/2019/2019/3
  • Conway, B. (2019, September, invited). Resources to Develop Equitable Teaching Practices. Co-Planning and Co-Teaching; University of South Florida: Orlando, FL.
  • Conway, B. & Stone, J. (2019, June). Sharing and Building Resources to Equip and Empower Mathematics Teacher Educators. Proceedings at the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership Annual Conference; St. Louis, MO.  
  • Mangram, C., Conway, B., Strutchens, M. Ellis, R., & Erickson, D. (2019, June). Paired-Placement Internships: Clinical Teaching Becomes A Collaborative and Empowering Model for Ongoing Professional Development. Proceedings at the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership Annual Conference; St. Louis, MO. 
  • Conway, B. (2019, April). An Opportunity that Changed a Life. Presentation conducted at The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference; San Diego, CA.
  • Conway, B. & Peker, D. (2019, February). Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Literacy. Presentation conducted at The Georgia Science Teacher Association Annual Conference; Columbus, GA.
  • Conway, B. (2018, November). Incorporating Teaching for Social Justice. Presentation conducted at The Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference; Birmingham, AL.
  • Conway, B. & Lawler, B. (2018, October). Incorporating Teaching for Social Justice. Presentation conducted at The Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference; Rock Eagle, GA.
  • Conway, B. (2018, August). Forming a Focus around Social Justice in your Classroom. Poster presented at Welcome Week: Creativity and Innovation Forum; Columbus State University, GA.
  • Conway, B., Norris, P., Matin, M., & Hall, R. (2018, July). Panel of Teachers. Invited Panelist to PMLC Culminating Event: Implementing Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices and Policies Including a Reunion of Past TEAM-Math Leaders, Presenters, and Participants. Lee County Board of Education; Opelika, AL.
  • Strutchens, M., Whitfield J., Conway, B. Erickson, D., Parrish, C., & Ellis, R. (2018, June). Paired-Placement: A Collaborative & Empowering Model for Clinical Teaching. Presentation conducted at The Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership Annual Conference; Denver, CO.
  • Conway, B. (2018, March). Connecting Statistics and Mathematics by Understanding Variation. Presentation at the Woodrow Wilson STEM Outreach; Columbus State University, GA.
  • Conway, B. (2017, October). Developing Statistical Reasoning. Presentation conducted at The Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference; Rock Eagle, GA.
  • Conway, B., Erikson, D., Parish, C., Strutchens, S., & Whitfield, J. (2017, October). An Alternative Approach to the Traditional Internship. Paper presented at Georgia Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators; Rock Eagle, GA.
  • Conway, B. (2017, April). Using NCTM‘s Core Math Tools to Deepen Mathematical Connections in Statistics and Functions. Presentation conducted at The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference; San Antonio, TX.
  • Whitfield, J., Strutchens, M., Erickson, D., Conway, B., & Parrish, C. (2017, April). The Paired Internship Model Presentation presented at The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics Annual Research Conference; San Antonio, TX.
  • Conway. B (2016, November). Differentiating Instruction through Open Tasks. Presentation conducted at The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics first annual Innov8 Conference; St. Louis, MO.
  • Conway, B. (2016, October). Providing Opportunity to Underrepresented Populations to Take Advanced Mathematics. Presentation conducted at the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, 11th Annual Sources of Urban Educational Excellence Conference; Atlanta, GA.
  • Conway, B. (2016, February). 2016 Deep Dive: Geometry Standards in the Common Core. Presentation conducted at Hover City Schools; Birmingham, AL.
  • Conway, B. (2015, November). Providing Opportunities for Advancement in Mathematics. Presentation conducted at The Alabama Council for Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference; Birmingham, AL.
  • Conway, B. (2015, November). Eliminating Tracking from the Top Down. Presentation conducted at The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference; Minneapolis, MN.

Publications