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Valerie Faulkner

Teaching Associate Professor

Co-Chair College of Education Committee on Multicultural Initiatives and Diversity; PI: NC Quest Grant - BullPack Cohort, A collaboration between Durham Public Schools and NC State

317-B Poe Hall

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Valerie Faulkner is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Teacher Education and Learning Sciences department at NC State. A dynamic speaker, her 2012 TEDxNCSU lecture “Teaching Math to the Analog Brain in the Digital World” was chosen as a lecture of the month by TED later that year. Her NC State TUFFTALK on the opportunity gap in schools can also be found online. Dr. Faulkner approaches the work of improving mathematics instruction and student outcomes in mathematics from a cultural perspective and as such has worked extensively to prioritize cooperation and collaborative efforts between teachers, schools, districts, NCDPI and institutes of higher education.

She is co-author and State Level trainer of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Foundations of Mathematics and is the co-author of two textbooks designed to support high school students who have not yet been placed in Algebra (Faulkner, Dupree (2010) Foundations of Algebra, Introduction to High School Mathematics, Walch Educational). Her most recent articles include practitioner articles on the Opportunity Gap (Kappan, 2016), Subitizing (APMC, 2017), and Equality (APMC, 2016) as well as a research article on mathematics placement decisions and race (JRME, 2014). She is currently PI of an NC Quest grant in collaboration with Durham Public Schools and designed to target the mathematical understanding of mathematics teacher leaders, and their principals, within the district.

Selected Scholarly Publications

  • Faulkner, V.N., Ainslie, J. (2017) Subitizing through the years! Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 22(1) pp. 28-36
  • Faulkner, V.N., Marshall, P.L, Stiff, L.V., Crossland, C.L. (In Press). Less is more: The limitations of Judgment.  Phi Delta Kappan, 98 (7), pp. 55-60
  • Faulkner, VN., Walkowiak, T.A, Cain, C, Lee, C. (2016) Equality matters: The critical implications of precisely defining equality. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, Vol. 21, Issue 4, pp. 11 – 15.
  • Faulkner, V.N., Stiff, L.V., Marshall, P.L., Crossland, C., Nietfeld, J. (2014) The Impact of Race and teacher perceptions as Predictors of Algebra Placement, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 45 (3) pp. 288-311.
  • Faulkner, V.N. (2013).  Language, Math, and the Common Core.  Phi Delta Kappan, 95 (2), pp. 59-63.
  • Faulkner, V.N., Cain, C. (2013). Improving the Mathematical Content Knowledge of General and Special Educators: Evaluating a Professional Development Module That Focuses on Number Sense Teacher Education and Special Education, May 2013 vol. 36 no. 2 115-131. Published online before print March 25, 2013, doi:10.1177/0888406413479613
  • Faulkner, V.N., Crossland, C.L., Stiff, L.V. (2013). Predicting Eighth grade algebra placement for students with IEPs, Exceptional Children, Vol. 79, No. 3, pp. 329
  • Cain, C., & Faulkner, V.N., (2011) Teaching number in the early elementary years. Teaching Children Mathematics 18(5), 288-295.
  • Faulkner, V. & Dupree, S., (2010). The Foundations of Algebra: Student Text and Teacher Resource Book. Portland, Maine: Walch Education.
  • Faulkner, V. & Dupree, S., (2010). Introduction to High School Mathematics: Student Text and Teacher Resource Book. Portland, Maine: Walch Education.
  • Faulkner, V. (2009). The Components of Number Sense: An instructional model for teachers. Teaching Exceptional Children 41(5), 24-30.

Courses Taught

  • ELM 310 Children’s Thinking and Additive Reasoning: K-2
  • ELM 574 Methods for Teaching Mathematics in The Elementary Classroom for Initial License
  • ELM 400 & ELM 480 Connections Seminar III & IV, Instructional Design and Assessment
  • ECI 620 Special Problems in Special Education: Math
  • ECI 620 Special Problems in Special Education: Math
  •  North Carolina Elementary Math Specialist Courses
  • ELM 556 Rational Number Reasoning
  • ELM 558 Algebraic Reasoning
  • ELM 555 Number and Operations

Honors and Awards

  • NC State College of Education Outstanding Teacher Award, 2015
  • NC State Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award, 2015
  • NC State Chancellors Creating Community Outstanding Faculty Member, 2014


Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in mathematics NC State 2010

M.Ed. Special Education NC State 1994

B.A. Anthropology Duke University 1985