2011 TC Research
Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College Columbia University

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Benjamin Michael Dickman

Professional Background

Educational Background

Columbia University (New York, NY), 2010-2014 (expected)
PhD Candidate, Mathematics Education; NSFGRFP
GPA: 4.00/4.00
 
Nanjing Normal University (Nanjing, China), 2008-2009
Fulbright Grantee, Mathematics Education

Amherst College (Amherst, MA), 2004-2008
B.A. Mathematics; Honors Program

Scholarly Interests

Mathematics Education,
Problem Posing,
Creativity Studies,
Problem Solving,
Mathematical Modeling,
History of Mathematics,
History of Mathematics Education,
Chinese Mathematics Education,
Pure Mathematics.

Selected Publications

Pre-prints available by request: bmd2118@columbia.edu

1. Dickman, B. & Sanfratello, A. (Eds.), Proceedings: Conference on Mathematical Modeling, October 2013, Teachers College Columbia University. In press.

2. Dickman, B. “Mathematical Modeling in Word Games: Apportionment of Letter Tiles.” Word Ways. Accepted for publication.

3. Dickman, B. (2013). “Mathematical Creativity, Cohen Forcing, and Evolving Systems: Elements for a Case Study on Paul Cohen.” Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 4(2).

4. Dickman, B. (2013). “Problem Solving Strategies in Boggle-like Games.” Word Ways, 46(1), 66–72.

5. Dickman, B. (2011). “Modeling Lessons and the Common Core State Standards.” Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, Spring/Summer, 65-66.

6. Dickman, B. (2011). Sunken Treasure. In H. Gould, D. Murray & A. Sanfratello (Eds.), Teachers College Mathematical Modeling Handbook (pp. 99-106). Bedford, MA: The Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP).

7. Dickman, B. (2011). Viral Marketing. In H. Gould, D. Murray & A. Sanfratello (Eds.), Teachers College Mathematical Modeling Handbook (pp. 167-173). Bedford, MA: The Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP).

8. Dickman, B. (2011). Picking a Painting. In H. Gould, D. Murray & A. Sanfratello (Eds.), Teachers College Mathematical Modeling Handbook (pp. 225-232). Bedford, MA: The Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP).

9. Benedetto, R., Dickman, B., Joseph, S., Krause, B., Rubin, D., Zhou, X. (2009). “Computing points of small height for cubic polynomials.” Involve, 2(1), 37–64.

curriculum vitae

EDUCATION
Columbia University (New York, NY), 2010-2014 (expected)
Ph.D Candidate, Mathematics Education
GPA: 4.00/4.00

Amherst College (Amherst, MA), 2004-2008
B.A. Mathematics; Honors Program

PUBLICATIONS
1. Dickman, B. & Sanfratello, A. (Eds.), Proceedings: Conference on Mathematical Modeling, October 2013, Teachers College Columbia University. In press.
2. Dickman, B. “Mathematical Modeling in Word Games: Apportionment of Letter Tiles.” Word Ways. Accepted for publication.
3. Dickman, B. (2013). “Mathematical Creativity, Cohen Forcing, and Evolving Systems: Elements for a Case Study on Paul Cohen.” Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 4(2).
4. Dickman, B. (2013). “Problem Solving Strategies in Boggle-like Games.” Word Ways, 46(1), 66–72.
5. Dickman, B. (2011). “Modeling Lessons and the Common Core State Standards.” Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, Spring/Summer, 65-66.
6. Dickman, B. (2011). Sunken Treasure. In H. Gould, D. Murray & A. Sanfratello (Eds.), Teachers College Mathematical Modeling Handbook (pp. 99-106). Bedford, MA: The Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP).
7. Dickman, B. (2011). Viral Marketing. In H. Gould, D. Murray & A. Sanfratello (Eds.), Teachers College Mathematical Modeling Handbook (pp. 167-173). Bedford, MA: The Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP).
8. Dickman, B. (2011). Picking a Painting. In H. Gould, D. Murray & A. Sanfratello (Eds.), Teachers College Mathematical Modeling Handbook (pp. 225-232). Bedford, MA: The Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP).
9. Benedetto, R., Dickman, B., Joseph, S., Krause, B., Rubin, D., Zhou, X. (2009). “Computing points of small height for cubic polynomials.” Involve, 2(1), 37–64.

AWARDS AND ACTIVITIES
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Mathematics Education (2011-2014)
Fulbright Grant, U.S. Department of State, “The Pedagogy of Mathematics in Modern-day China,” (2008-2009)
Eugene W. Hellmich Scholarship, Teachers College, Mathematics Education (2010-2011)
John Woodruff Simpson Fellowship, Amherst College, Mathematics Education (2010-2012)
Scholarship, Confucius Institute, Mandarin Chinese (2010)
Latin honors, Amherst College, Undergraduate Thesis on Rationality of the Weil Conjectures (2008)
Memberships: Mathematical Association of America; Sigma Xi; National Puzzlers’ League

WORK EXPERIENCE
Graduate Instructor (Teachers College) and Study Tour Organizer (Shanghai, China), Summer 2013
Instructor for a graduate course entitled “Teaching Mathematics in Diverse Cultures.” Course enrollees were TC doctoral candidates in Mathematics Education. The course was taught as a part of a Study Tour to Shanghai, which included school visits as well as lectures by professors from Beijing University, Beijing Normal University, and East China Normal University on Mathematics Education in China.

Research Assistant: Mathematical Proofs and Proving (New York University), 2012-13
Assisted with a course co-taught by a professor of Mathematics Education at NYU’s Steinhardt School and a professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute on Proofs and Proving. Assistantship supported by the NSF.

Teaching Assistant (Teachers College), 2011-2013
Course enrollees were graduate students in the Mathematics Education program at TC, most of whom will work as fulltime mathematics teachers after graduation. Courses include: Real Analysis, Abstract Algebra, Problem Solving, Topology, Set Theory, Nature of Proofs, and Problem Posing.

Assistant for China Exchange Initiative, 2009
Served as an assistant for a group of ten principals from China who were visiting Massachusetts in order to learn about the education system. Their visit included meetings with several US principals and superintendents, as well as trips to the Statehouse and Department of Education.

Fulbright Grant to study high school Mathematics Education in China (Nanjing Normal University), 2008-09
Spent two semesters at NNU attending classes with first-year graduate students pursuing their MAs in Mathematics Education. Audited an Abstract Algebra course for undergrads at NNU as well as a Mathematics course at a local high school. Distributed short answer surveys at NNU concerning Mathematics Education to seventeen undergraduates majoring in Mathematics, all eight first-year graduate students in the Mathematics Education program, and two professors of Mathematics Education.

NSF Grant Number Theory REU (Amherst College), 2007
Worked with professor and small group of students to study preperiodic points and small canonical heights for cubic polynomials. Research was supported by a National Science Foundation grant. Final write-up was published in the math journal Involve. The paper is available online at:  http://pjm.math.berkeley.edu/involve/2009/2-1/p04.xhtml

Teaching Assistant: Intensive Section of Introduction to Calculus (Amherst College), 2007
Grader: Calculus I, II, and III; Linear Algebra with Applications (Amherst College), 2006-08

LANGUAGES
English (native), Mandarin Chinese (fluent), Spanish (fluent), French (reading knowledge)

INTERESTS
Mathematics Education, Problem Posing, Problem Solving, Mathematical Modeling, Creativity, History of Mathematics, History of Mathematics Education, Chinese Mathematics Education, Pure Mathematics