D. Brewley

Dr. D. Natasha Brewley

Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Biography

Dr. Brewley was born in Guyana, South America, but grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. Brewley has been teaching mathematics courses for the past 14 years, but her research interests are in mathematics education. She is interested in how communities of practices are established in mathematics contexts and how this influences the learning of mathematics and the identities of individuals in these spaces. She is also concerned with examining the experiences of individuals from a critical race theory perspective to gain more insight on how their schooling experiences influence their mathematics identity. Brewley is also interested in investigating what mathematics educators can do to promote equitable teaching practices for individuals from diverse backgrounds to promote learning in mathematics. Finally, Brewley is currently conducting research on hybrid courses. A hybrid course is a blend between a traditional course and an online course. This course model is growing in popularity and she is investigating how effective this model is on students reaching their learning outcomes in mathematics. She is interested in understanding how students perceive hybrid courses and the impact of technological tools have on their learning as compared to traditional mathematics courses.

Education

  • Doctorate – mathematics education – University of Georgia, 2009
  • Master's – finance – Clark Atlanta University, 2003
  • Master's – applied mathematics – Clark Atlanta University, 1997
  • Bachelor's – mathematics – Spelman College, 1995

Academic Interests

  • Equity in mathematics education
  • Teaching mathematics in the hybrid model
  • Non-traditional students in mathematics
  • The Algebra Project
  • The Young People’s Project
  • Critical race theory

Publications

Brewley, D. N. (in preparation). "Mathematics Literacy for Liberation, Liberation in Mathematics Literacy" a chapter in  Beyond the Numbers: Shaping Policy Discourse vis-à-vis the Brilliance of Black Children in Mathematics. (Eds.) J. Leonard & D. Martin.

Atkinson, A., Biddlecomb, B., & Brewley, D. N.(2011). "Where Are We Now?: A Report on the Effectiveness of Using an Online Learning System to Enhance a Developmental Mathematics Course" Conference proceedings for the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM), Denver, Colorado.

Brewley, D. N., Atkinson, A., & Biddlecomb, B. (2011). "Click, View, Action!: Tools for Learning in a College Algebra Hybrid Course." Conference proceedings for the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM), Denver, Colorado.

Atkinson, A., Biddlecomb, B., & Brewley, D. N. (2011). "Preparing Students for Success in College Math: A Design in Progress" in Georgia Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges

White, D. Y., Kimmons-DuCloux, K., & Brewley-Corbin, D. N. (2008). "African-Americans and Mathematics Education" in  K. Lomotey (Ed.) Encyclopedia of African American Education. Sage Publications.

Brewley-Kennedy, D. N. (2005). "The Struggles of Incorporating Equity into Practice in a University Mathematics Methods Course: The Case of Dr. Simms" in The Mathematics Educator. Monograph No. 1. 16-28.

Williams, M. R., Brewley, D. N., Reed, R. J., White, D.Y., & Davis-Haley, R. T. (2005). "Learning to Read Each Other: Black Female Graduate Students Share Their Experiences at a White Research I Institution." Urban Review. 37, 181-199.

Mickens, R., Brewley, D. N., & Russell, M.L. (1998). "A Model of Dieting." Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. 40, 667-672.

Ehme, J., & Brewley, D. (1996). "Continuous Data Dependence for a Class of Non-linear Boundary Value Problems" in Computational Applied Linear Analysis. 3, 59-65.

Distinctions

  • Southern Regional Educational Board Dissertation Award, 2006 – 2007
  • Governor's Teaching Fellowship, Summer 2012, University of Georgia