A. Susan Gay

Associate Professor
Primary office:
341 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Mathematics Education:

A. Susan Gay, associate professor, joined the KU faculty in January 1991. Previously, she was the mathematics state supervisor for the Oklahoma State Department of Education and a mathematics teacher in Stillwater, OK Public Schools. From Oklahoma State University, she holds a BS degree in mathematics, a MS degree in secondary education with emphasis in mathematics, and an EdD in curriculum and instruction with emphasis in middle/secondary mathematics education.

She served as president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators from 1999 to 2001 and currently is the AMTE Conference Director. She previously served as a member of the Board of Examiners for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


Her research interests are students’ knowledge of mathematical concepts, students’ understanding of mathematics vocabulary, mathematical literacy, and teacher professional development. She has published research in School Science and Mathematics, Middle School Journal, Mathematics Teacher, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, and PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies and has presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings and national and regional conferences of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, and Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

Academic Degrees

  • Ed.D, Curriculum & Instruction, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 1990
  • M.S., Secondary Education, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 1975
  • B.S., Mathematics, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 1973


Middle and Secondary Mathematics Education

An update on C&T faculty-conducted research: Last May, Dr. Barbara Bradley was awarded a $135,000 grant from the National Endowment for Financial Education to study young children's development of financial and college-bound identities. The project is collaborative with researchers from the School of Social Welfare, the Departments of Sociology and Linguistics, & the School of Education. Her study is part of a larger project providing savings accounts and financial education to kindergartners in the LPS and following the children and their family members for several years to look at outcomes related to financial and college-bound identity formation in 2 experimental groups and one control group.
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Why KU
  • Associate professor Diane Nielsen involved in $120 million project to overhaul how reading is taught to children by 2015
  • School of Education is 10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 3.35: average GPA of students admitted to teacher education program
  • All teacher education programs accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • All teacher education programs accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education
  • Alumni have been named Kansas Teacher of the Year
  • Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award