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Jessica Hunt

Associate Professor

Special Education and Mathematics Education

528G Poe Hall



I am first and foremost a teacher. I taught middle school and elementary school mathematics to all students yet came to love teaching students deemed to be at risk for mathematics difficulties or labeled as having disabilities. Research on children's thinking and learning in mathematics involves uncovering what students DO conceive of (as opposed to what they do not) and configuring tasks and pedagogy to facilitate growth of knowledge. I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences.

Research Description

My current work focuses on changing research and instructional practice in mathematics and special education such that children with disabilities can engage in important mathematics.


Post-Doctoral study from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012
Ph.D. in Exceptional Education from the University of Central Florida in 2011

Curriculum Vitae


Scholarly Publications

  • Hunt, J., Westenskow, A., & Moyer-Packenham, P. S. (2017). Variations of reasoning in equal sharing of children who experience low achievement in mathematics: Competence in context. Education Sciences, 7(1), 37.
  • Throndsen, J., MacDonald, B., & Hunt, J.H. (2017). A kindergartener’s reasoning when developing cardinality of number. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 22(2), 21- 25.
  • Hunt, J.H., *Welch-Ptak, J., & *Silva, J. (2016). Initial understandings of fraction concepts evidenced by students with learning disabilities and difficulties: A framework. Learning Disabilities Quarterly, 39(4), 213-225.
  • Hunt, J.H., Tzur, R., & Westenskow, A. (2016). Evolution of unit fraction conceptions in two fifth-graders with learning disability: An exploratory study. Mathematical Thinking and Learning, 18(3), 182-208.
  • Hunt, J.H., Westenskow, A., *Silva, J., & *Ptak, J.W. (2016). Levels of participatory conception of fractional quantity along a series of equal sharing tasks: Stu’s trajectory. The Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 41, 45-67.
  • Hunt, J.H., *Valentine, C.A., Bryant, D.P., Pfannenstiel, K., & Bryant, B. (2016). Supplemental mathematics interventions: How and why special educators intensify interventions for students with learning disabilities. Remedial and Special Education, 37(2), 78-88.
  • Tzur, R., & Hunt, J.H. (2015). Iteration: Unit fraction knowledge and the French fry tasks. Teaching Children Mathematics, 22(3), 149-157.
  • Hunt, J.H. (2015). Understanding the diverse mathematical thinking of learners. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 20(2), 15-21.
  • Hunt, J.H. and Empson, S. (2015). Exploratory student of informal strategies for equal sharing problems of students with learning disability. Learning Disabilities Quarterly, 38(4), 208-220.
  • Hunt, J.H. (2015). Notions of equivalence through ratios: Students with and without learning disability. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 37, 94-105.
  • Hunt, J.H. & Little, M.E. (2014). Intensifying interventions for students by identifying and remediating conceptual understandings in mathematics. Teaching Exceptional Children, 46(6), 187-196.
  • Hunt, J.H. (2014). Effects of a supplemental intervention focused in equivalency concepts for students with varying abilities. Remedial and Special Education, 35(3), 135-144.
  • Hunt, J.H., & Vasquez, E. (2013). An exploratory study of the effects of conceptual strategy intervention on knowledge of ratio equivalency for middle school students with mathematics learning disability. The Journal of Special Education, 47(3), 1-11.
  • Hunt, J.H., Powell, S., Little, M.E., & Mike, A. (2013). The effects of e-mentoring on beginning teacher competencies and perceptions. Teacher Education and Special Education, 36(4), 286-297.
  • Andreasen, J.A. & Hunt, J.H. (2012). Using math stations for common sense inclusiveness. Teaching Children Mathematics, 19(4), 238-246.
  • Walker, Z. & Hunt, J.H. (2011). Teaching social skills to students with disabilities in middle school mathematics classrooms. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 17(5), 296-301.
  • Hunt, J.H., & Andreasen, J.A. (2011). Beyond accommodations: Universal design for learning in mathematics. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 17(3),166-173.
  • Hunt, J.H., & Hu, B. (2011). Theoretical factors affecting parental roles in children’s mathematical learning in American and Chinese born mothers. The School Community Journal, 21(2), 119-142.
  • Hunt, J. (2010). Implementing effective co-teaching in middle school geometry. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 16(3), 154-161.

Courses Taught

  • ECI 728 Specific Numeracy Techniques for Students with Mild Disabilities
  • ECI 585 Education of Children with Exceptionalities

Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award: Fraction Activities and Assessments for Conceptual Teaching

Services and Engagements

  • Reviewer: Journal for Research in Mathematics Education
  • Reviewer: Journal of Mathematical Behavior
  • Reviewer: Remedial and Special Education
  • Reviewer: Learning Disabilities Research and Practice
  • Reviewer: Learning Disabilities Quarterly
  • Reviewer: Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School
  • Reviewer: Mathematical Thinking and Learning
  • Reviewer: National Science Foundation, DRK-12 Competition
  • Reviewer: Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME)
  • Reviewer: Teaching Children Mathematics
  • Member- Reframing Interventions Working Group, PME-NA (2016- present)
  • Member- Special Education Working Group, PME and PME-NA (2012- present)

Research Areas