Saint Xavier University Math and Computer Science Department

Mathematics Faculty

Jaclyn Murawska

Associate Professor



Jaclyn Murawska

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 earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum Leadership, Cognate in Mathematics from Northern Illinois University. As a former high school and middle school teacher, she specializes in teaching mathematics content and methods to K-12 preservice teachers.

In her research, Dr. Murawska is passionate about exploring ways to develop teachers' mathematical knowledge for teaching and improve pedagogical practices in mathematics teacher education programs. Her work has been published in many peer-reviewed journals. In addition, she holds leadership positions in professional mathematics teacher organizations such as the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for mathematics and research-based insights through conference presentations and workshops. Since 2010, she has given over 60 presentations on a variety of topics at many local, state, regional, and international professional organizations.

As a mathematics educator, Dr. Murawska's overarching goal is to facilitate her students' conceptual understanding of mathematics by helping them to construct their own understanding, create meaningful connections between mathematical ideas, and move away from thinking of mathematics as a set of procedures. Dr. Murawska is a Chicago native, and is happy to be a part of the mathematics faculty of Saint Xavier University.

Research Interests

Courses Offered

Selected Honors

Selected Publications

Nabb, K. A., & Murawska, J. M. (in press). Motivating calculus through a single question. PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies. doi:10.1080/10511970.2018.1490360.

Murawska, J. M. (2018). The seven billion people problem: Fostering productive struggle. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. 23(4), 209-214.

Murawska, J. M., & Walker, D. A. (2017). Visual tools for eliciting connections and cohesiveness in mixed methods research. Mid-Western Educational Researcher. 29(3). 274-290.

Nabb, K. A., & Murawska, J. M. (2017). Coherence and enrichment across the middle and secondary levels: Four mathematically authentic learning experiences. The Mathematics Enthusiast. 14(1). 263-284.

Oesterle, S., Olson, M., Hwang, S., Slovin, H., Olson, J., Murawska, J., Holm, J., & Caputo Lewitton C. (2016). Mathematical habits of mind. In L. C. Hart, S. Oesterle, S. Swars, & A. Kajander (Eds.), The mathematics education of elementary teachers: Issues and strategies for content courses.

Murawska, J. M., & Nabb, K. A. (2015). Corvettes, curve fitting, and calculus. Mathematics Teacher. 109(2), 128-135.

Murawska, J. M. (2015) Can Common Core influence K-12 and college mathematics instruction? MathAMATYC Educator. 6(3), 24-27.

Murawska, J. M., & Zollman, A. (2015). Taking it to the next level: Students using inductive reasoning. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. 20(7), 417-422.

Murawska, J. M. (2014). Developing conceptual understanding of place value: One preservice teacher's journey. In Liljedahl, P., Oesterle, S., Nicol, C., & Allan, D. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Joint Meeting of PME 38 and PME-NA 36, Vol. 4. (pp. 273-280). Vancouver, Canada: PME.

Murawska, J. M. (2013). Preservice elementary school teachers' conceptual understanding of place value within a constructivist framework. (Doctoral dissertation).

Selected Presentations

American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, Annual Conference, Orlando, Nov. 2018
Origami for Engineering: Collapsing, Functional, and Strong -- Oh My! presentation with Keith Nabb

Southwest Chicago Math Circle, Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL, May 2018
Star Polygons and Modular Quilts, presentation with David Klanderman

National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, Annual Meeting, Washington DC, April 2018
Seven Billion People on Earth! A Task for Fostering Productive Struggle
Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching at the Developmental Level: Does Caring Count? presentation with Keith Nabb

Annual Western Illinois University Mathematics Teachers' Conference, Macomb, IL, April 2018
KenKen Puzzles for Developing Number Sense and Procedural Fluency in Grades K-5

Kentucky Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges Conference, Berea, KY, Feb. 2018
Keynote The Calculus of Corvettes, presentation with Keith Nabb

National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, April 2017
The Calculus of Corvettes Workshop, presentation with Keith Nabb

National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, April 2017
Coherence Across K-16 Mathematics: Enriching Vertical Learning Progressions, presentation with Keith Nabb

International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics, Chicago, March 2017
Integrating Technology in a Calculus Course for Middle Grades Mathematics Teachers, presentation with Shannon Driskell

Mid-Western Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Evanston, IL, October 2017
Visual Tools for Eliciting Connections and Cohesiveness in Mixed Methods Research, paper presentation with David Walker

Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, February 2017
Preservice Teachers' Coordination of Ratio Constructs within a Rational Number Task, presentation with Helen Khoury

Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, February 2017
Technology's Role in a Calculus Course for Middle Grades Mathematics Teachers: A Multi-Institutional Perspective, presentation with Mark Klespis, Dustin Jones, and Shannon Driskell

Metropolitan Mathematics Club, Conference of Workshops, January 2017
Desmos to GeoGebra, and Other Free Technology Resources, presentation with Steven Edgar

Research in Mathematics Education in Two-Year Colleges, Annual Conference, Denver, Nov. 2016
Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching Developmental Courses at the Community College: An Unexplored Terrain, presentation with Keith Nabb

National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, April 2016
Choosing Tasks for Productive Struggle, not Frustration

Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Annual Conference, Irvine, CA, January 2016
Cultivating Mathematical Habits of Mind in Preservice Teachers: Geometric Thinking with Rational Numbers

Psychology of Mathematics Education Annual International Conference, Vancouver, July 2014
Paper Presentation: Developing Conceptual Understanding of Place Value: One Preservice Teacher's Journey