Dr. Patrick Sullivan



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, Emphasis area: Mathematics Education, 2012, The Pennsylvania State University
  • MSE, Teaching and Leadership, 1997, University of Kansas
  • BSE, Curriculum and Instruction, Major: Mathematics, 1992, University of Kansas


  • MTH 320 Foundations of Mathematics for Teachers
  • MTH 343 Foundations of Probability and Statistics for Teachers
  • MTH 409 Teaching and Learning of Mathematics I
  • MTH 411 Teaching and Learning of Mathematics III

Professional experience

  • Southwest Missouri District Association of Mathematics Teachers, 2014-present
  • Missouri Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, 2015-present
  • Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2014-present
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1992-present
  • Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, 2014-present

Research and professional interests

Dr. Sullivan's interests are wide-ranging. His interests currently include:

  • Understanding the nature of elementary students understanding of fraction concepts
  • Understanding the role of content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge in effective lesson implementation
  • Strategies to accelerate student learning in the mathematics classroom

Other interests

  • Spending time with family
  • Coaching softball
  • Biking
  • Escape rooms

Awards and honors

  • Missouri Mathematics Teacher Educator of the Year, Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2016
  • Outstanding Achievement in Education, Scientific American, 2001 
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, National Science Foundation, 1999 
  • Commendation for Innovative Projects in Education, NASA, Recipient: “Space Island” Project, 1996 

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