Dr. Murawska earned a B.S. and M.S.T. in the Teaching of Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois at Chicago, respectively, and received her Ed.D. in Curriculum Leadership, Cognate in Mathematics from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Murawska is also a former high school and middle school teacher and a licensed 6-12 mathematics educator in the state of Illinois. She is the recipient of two teaching awards: one from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago for undergraduate teaching, and one from the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago for excellence in high school teaching.
In her research, Dr. Murawska is passionate about exploring ways to strengthen the mathematical content knowledge necessary for teaching and improve pedagogical practices in mathematics teacher education programs. In particular, she is interested in the cognitive aspects of teaching and learning mathematics, and her research interests include constructivism, productive struggle, geometric thinking, rational numbers, and mathematical habits of mind. For her dissertation study on place value and constructivism, Dr. Murawska was awarded the Merlyn J. Behr Mathematics Education Research Award from the Department of Mathematical Sciences at NIU, and was nominated for two national dissertation awards through AACTE and ATE. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Mathematics Teacher, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, MathAMATYC Educator, and Proceedings of the Psychology of Mathematics Education.
Dr. Murawska is an active member and has held leadership positions in professional mathematics teacher organizations such at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Illinois Mathematics Teacher Educators association. She has also presented at local, state, regional, national, and international conferences, including the annual conferences of the Metropolitan Mathematics Club, Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Associated Colleges of Illinois, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Mid-Western Education Research Association, and Psychology of Mathematics Education.
At Saint Xavier, Dr. Murawska specializes in teaching mathematics content and methods to K-12 pre-service teachers. As a mathematics educator, her overarching goal is to facilitate her students' conceptual understanding of mathematics by helping them to construct their own understanding and create meaningful connections between mathematical ideas, as well as increase their procedural fluency. Dr. Murawska is excited to be a part of the mathematics faculty of Saint Xavier University!