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Department of Curriculum and Instruction

College of Education

Ryan Nivens PhD
Ryan Nivens

Ryan  Nivens PhD

Associate Professor/Undergraduate Coordinator
423-439-7529 /
404 Warf-Pickel Hall


Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction – Mathematics Education
University of Missouri – Columbia

Master of Education
Emphasis – Secondary Mathematics
Drury University, Springfield, Missouri

Bachelor of Science
Minor: Computer Science
Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri  


Dr. Nivens is extensively involved in undergraduate and graduate STEM education. He is an instructor in the Eastman Chemical Company’s Scholar MathElites Program, and was a consultant for the State of Missouri Mathematics Academy from 2001-2007. Since 2008, he has authored nine STEM grants totaling $228,000 and co-authored five STEM grants totaling over half a million dollars. He has served as president of two mathematics education organizations and has published several articles on innovative ways to teach mathematics. He started his career as a secondary mathematics teacher.


CUAI 4310: Residency 1: Mathematics Methods, K-6.
CUAI 4517/5517: Early Elementary Math Methods, PK-4.
CUAI 3430: Math Methods, K-8.
MATH 5025: Special topics course for middle school mathematics teachers.
MATH 6956: Special topics in high school math (co-taught with Dr. George Poole).
CUAI 5116: Math Methods for K-6. (developed the online version in 2013)
SCED 3310: STEM Content for Elementary Teachers. (co-created with Dr. Aimee Govett)


Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education

      2008-present: Eastman Scholar Mathletes Program

      Niswonger/Eastman Scholar Mathletes Program

      STEM Hub Advisory Council member

      Integrating Computing into the High School Mathematics
      Curriculum via Science and Engineering Data Sets 


Nivens, R. A., Romano, D. A. (2017). А view on research in mathematics education in Republic of Srpska during 2010-2015 through quantitative analysis of published texts. The Teaching of Mathematics Journal, 20(1), 1-12.

Tai, C., R. Nivens, L. Robertson, K. Keith, A. Godbole, and J. Rhoton. (2018 in press) Harnessing the business community and other entities to support the vision of the NGSS. In Unlocking the Vision of the New Generation Science Standards, ed. J. Rhoton, Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.

Nivens, R. A. (2017). A review of Robot Turtles: The game for little programmers. Science & Children, 54 (6), 20.

Nivens, R. A., & Otten, S. (2017). Assessing journal quality in mathematics education. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education,48(4), 348-368.

Nivens, R. A., & Otten, S. (2016). Journal rankings and representation in mathematics education. The Philosophy of Mathematics Education Journal, 31.

Nivens, R. A. (2016). Using graphing to reveal the hidden transformations in palindrome (and other types of) license plates. Australian Mathematics Teacher, 72(2), 33-38.

Nivens, R. A., & Moran, R. (2016). Beyond problem-based learning: How a residency model improves the education of pre-service teachers. The Online Journal of New Horizons in Education, 6(2), 1-6.



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