Catherine Paolucci

Catherine Paolucci 

Assistant Professor

Catherine Paolucci





Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611



My primary research interests support program and policy development for mathematics teacher education. My recent work has focused on the evaluation and development of teachers' mathematical knowledge and the role of outreach and non-traditional field experiences in teacher preparation. These interests are driven by a commitment to both exploring innovative ways to increase engagement in STEM education and preparing teachers to educate and empower students in underserved communities.


  • School of Teaching and Learning
  • Education Policy Research Center

Research Interests

Field Experience, Informal/Nonformal Ed, International Education, Mathematics Education, Multicultural and Minority Education, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Secondary / High School Transition, Service Learning


  • Ed.D. in Mathematics Education, 2008 Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.A. in Mathematics Education, 2005 Teachers College, Columbia University
  • B.A. in Mathematics, 2002 Hartwick College

Professional Appointments

  • Affiliate Research Scientist - Worcester Polytechnic Institute, STEM Education Center, 2018 - 2019
  • AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow - National Science Foundation (NSF), Joint appointment: Division of Mathematical Sciences and Division of Graduate Education, 2017 - 2019
  • Assistant Professor; Mathematics Education Coordinator - State University of New York at New Paltz, 2014 - 2018
  • Education Policy Fellow; Legislative Assistant - United States Senate, 2016 - 2017
  • Program Director, Permanent Lecturer in Mathematics Education - National University of Ireland, Galway, 2009 - 2014

Activities and Honors

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, 2017 - 2019
  • American Mathematical Society (AMS) Congressional Fellowship, 2016 - 2017

Selected Grants

International Mathematics Enrichment Project (IMEP): South Africa

Funding Agency
  • Rupert Foundation
Project Period
  • 2015 - present

Enhancing Learning with 3-D Printing in the Secondary Mathematics Classroom

  • Co-PI
Funding Agency
  • SUNY Teacher and Leader Education Network
Project Period
  • 2015 - 2018

Examination of the Mathematical Knowledge and Development of Out-of-Field Mathematics Teachers in the Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching

  • Co-PI
Funding Agency
  • National Centre for STEM Education (EPI-STEM), Ireland
Project Period
  • 2013 - 2018

National Professional Development Program for Out-of-Field Mathematics Teachers

  • Co-PI
Funding Agency
  • Department of Education and Skills (DES), Ireland.
Project Period
  • 2012 - 2018

Selected Publications

  • Paolucci, C. and Wessels, H. (In press). The International Mathematics Enrichment Project (IMEP): Enhancing teacher preparation through international community engagement. In H. Rosario (Ed.) Mathematical Outreach: Explorations in Social Justice Around the Globe. Singapore: World Scientific.
  • O'Dwyer, L. and Paolucci, C. (2019). Challenges in practice: A critical examination of efforts to link teacher practices and student achievement. In L. Suter, E. Smith, & B. Denman (Eds.) Handbook on Comparative Studies in Education: Practices and experiences in student schooling and learning (pp. 469-489). London: Sage.
  • Ní Ríordáin, M., Paolucci, C. and Lyons, T. (2019). Teacher professional competence: What can be learned about the knowledge and practices needed for teaching? In L. Hobbs, G. Törner (Eds.) Examining the Phenomenon of "Teaching Out-of-field": International Perspectives on Teaching as a Non-specialist (pp.129-149). Singapore: Springer Nature.
  • McNamara, A. and Paolucci, C. (2016). Creating a gesture-based game for the mathematics classroom: Applications and considerations. In P. Felicia (Ed.) Game-Based Learning and the Power of Play: Exploring evidence, challenges and future directions (pp. 230-248). UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • McNamara, A. and Paolucci, C. (2014). Gesture-based computing in the mathematics classroom. In P. Felicia (Ed.) Game-Based Learning: Opportunities and challenges (pp. 55-76). UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Paolucci, C. (2018). From Campus to Congress: Navigating policy, procedure, and politics as an AMS Congressional Fellow. Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 65(2), 178-180.