Dr Tanya Evans

PhD (Rice University), Red Diploma of Excellence (Herzen Pedagogical University)

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Professional Teaching Fellow

Biography

Tanya is a Professional Teaching Fellow in the Department of Mathematics where she currently coordinates and teaches the largest stage II course offered by the department - MATHS 208. Tanya brings a multinational perspective to her position having enjoyed a diverse range of educational experiences. After finishing her undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Education in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tanya was awarded a postgraduate fellowship at Rice University in Texas, USA. She completed her PhD in Pure Mathematics at Rice in 2003, specialising in Low-Dimensional Topology. While at Rice, Tanya embraced the opportunity to take MBA courses in Financial Mathematics, which remains an area of interest for her. In 2003 Tanya moved to New Zealand where her main focus shifted towards teaching and learning practices. She is particularly interested in the professional development of teaching staff and was one of the founding members of the Peer Review and Observation group in her department. She also manages an intra-departmental content-focussed professional development project - the Development and Analysis of the Teaching of Undergraduate Mathematics (DATUM) in which colleagues have the opportunity both to observe others teach and examine and discuss their own lecturing practice. Tanya is also an active member of the Faculty of Science Teaching and Learning Innovation Group and was selected to be the Faculty of Science CLeaR Fellow 2016 which allowed her an opportunity to develop taylored elearning environments and trial them in a large stage II mathematics course as part of her research project with a goal to develop a framework for a blended-learning model that adds value to face-to-face lectures and improves lecture attendance rates.

Since 2016 Tanya serves as a New Zealand Executive Committee member of HERDSA (Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia). She is also a member of the International Steering Committee of the DELTA conferences on the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics and statistics.

 

Teaching | Current

  • MATHS 208 Course Coordinator
  • STATS 370 (Financial Mathematics)
  • STATS 722 (Financial Mathematics)

Responsibilities

Undergraduate advisor and marketing coordinator for the Department of Mathematics

Areas of expertise

Low Dimensional Topology

Financial Mathematics

Blended Learning

Professional Development of teaching staff

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • member of the New Zealand Executive Committee of HERDSA (Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia)
  • member of the International Steering Committee of the DELTA conferences on the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics and statistics
  • member of PROMT (Peer Review and Observation of Mathematical Teaching) group
  • organiser of the DATUM (Development and Analysis of the Teaching of Undergraduate Mathematics) professional development discussion group
  • member of the Faculty of Science Teaching and Learning Innovation Group

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Novak, J., Kensington-Miller, B., & Evans, T. (2017). Flip or flop? Students’ perspectives of a flipped lecture in mathematics. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 48 (5), 647-658. 10.1080/0020739X.2016.1267810
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julia Novak
  • Kensington-Miller, B., Novak, J., & Evans, T. (2016). Just do it: flipped lecture, determinants and debate. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 47 (6), 853-862. 10.1080/0020739X.2015.1129075
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29114
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Barbara Kensington-Miller, Julia Novak
  • Novak, J., Evans, T., & Kensington-Miller, B. (2015). Future flip or future flop?: Flipping large undergraduate mathematics lectures. Paper presented at ISSOTL (International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning), Melbourne, Australia. 27 October - 30 October 2015. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Barbara Kensington-Miller, Julia Novak
  • Novak, J. C., & Evans, T. (2013). Assessing students using mulichoice tests and exams: How to examine skills, processes and in-depth mathematical understanding. Paper presented at DELTA 2013: The ninth Delta conference on the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics and statistics, Kiama, Australia. 24 November - 29 November 2013. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julia Novak
  • Paterson, J. E., & Evans, T. (2013). Audience insights: Feed forward in professional development. In D. King, B. Loch (Eds.) Shining through the fog, 132-140. Kiama, Australia. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28101
  • Evans, T. (2006). High distance Heegaard splittings of 3-manifolds. Topology and its Applications, 153 (14), 2631-2647. 10.1016/j.topol.2005.11.003
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28083

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Contact details

Alternative contact

ext 88783

Office hours

During Summer by appointment only

Semester 2 2016:

Mondays 2-4pm

Thursdays 2-4pm

 

Primary location

SCIENCE CENTRE - MATHPHYSIC - Bldg 303
Level 2, Room 233
38 PRINCES ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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