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Margaret Karrass

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy

Before coming to UTM, Margaret (Rita) taught mathematics and statistics at the City University of New York and, more recently, at Ryerson University. Her professional expertise includes programmatic and curriculum development, course design, and technology implementation for teaching mathematics and statistics. While working towards her Ph.D. at Columbia University, she implemented technology for teaching mathematics, designed courseware and professional development training for mathematics teachers in New York City high schools – a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant.

Upon returning to Toronto, while at York University, she taught mathematics content and methods courses in the Faculty of Education, developed courses for the online Mathematics Education Graduate Diploma program, supervised graduate students and research assistants, mentored undergraduate students, published and presented at conferences on various topics in STEM education.

Rita is interested in innovative teaching methodologies and content delivery methods, including technology-aided learning and project-based learning for teaching numeracy, quantitative reasoning, and statistical analysis. Her research interests include diagrammatic reasoning, mathematics in history and culture, coding for mathematical understanding, and factors contributing to student retention.

She strives to teach Mathematics in the spirit of equity and diversity with compassion for learners and enthusiasm for the subject matter.

Ph.D. (Mathematics Education, Columbia University)
M.Phil. (Mathematics Education, Columbia University)
B.Ed. (Mathematics & Computer Science, University of Toronto)
B.A. & M.A. (Mathematics, York University)


Current Courses
ISP130 Numeracy for University and Beyond