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Karen Hollebrands

Associate Dean for Research and Innovation


Professor, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, University Faculty Scholar (2015-2020)

STEM Education


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Dr. Hollebrands joined the faculty at NC State in 2001. She earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to attending Penn State, Dr. Hollebrands taught high school mathematics in New York, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. She earned her M.Ed. at North Carolina State University and B.S. at the State University of New York College at Oswego. Dr. Hollebrands’ current interests include understanding students’ mathematical understandings in technological contexts and preparing prospective and practicing teachers to incorporate technology into classroom instruction. Since 2001, Dr. Hollebrands has been involved in several internally- and externally-funded research projects including RAMP-UP, PTMT, Scaling UP STEM Learning with the VCL, Noyce, MAP:TICCS, MOOCs for Educators, and Technology-Rich Units for Future Secondary Teachers. Dr. Hollebrands was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at NC State in 2009, was named an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor in 2014 and a University Faculty Scholar in 2015. She has served in various leadership roles for NCTM, PME-NA, AMTE, and SIG-RME. She currently serves as the Editor of the Mathematics Teacher Educator journal co-published by AMTE and NCTM.


Courses Taught

  • EMS 204 Introduction to Mathematics Education
  • EMS 470 Methods and Materials for Teaching Mathematics
  • EMS 471 Student Teaching
  • EMS 480/580 Teaching Mathematics with Technology
  • EMS 510 Interactions in the Mathematics Classroom
  • EMS 514 Geometric Thinking and Learning
  • EMS 581 Advanced Applications of Technology in Mathematics
  • EMS 711 Teaching and Learning of Mathematics in Secondary and Collegiate Mathematics
  • EMS 770 Foundations of Mathematics Education


Ph.D Curriculum & Instruction The Pennsylvania State University 2001

M.Ed. Mathematics Education North Carolina State University 1995

B.S. Secondary Education - Mathematics SUNY-Oswego 1989


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