Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Christopher Austin Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office Location

108 John Mitchell Center, Gorham Campus



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum (Mathematics Education)
  • M.S. in Mathematics
  • B.S. in Mathematics


Chris spent the majority of his life in and around western Kentucky. After an engineering internship with General Electric as an undergraduate student at the University of Louisville, Chris discovered his true desire to teach mathematics. This career change prompted him to transfer to Murray State University where he completed B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics. After several years of teaching mathematics in high school, community college, and 4-year university settings, Chris enrolled at the University of Missouri where he earned a Ph.D. in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum, with an emphasis in Mathematics Education.

Chris has been married to his wife Katie since 2007. Together they have 2 daughters: Rosalie and Eileen. When not conducting research or preparing for teaching, Chris enjoys spending time in the outdoors and honing his creativity through woodworking and other DIY projects.

Research Interests

Chris is interested in research related to the preparation and professional development of teachers, particularly in terms of how teachers internalize mathematical practices and provide opportunities for their students to engage in those practice. He is also currently engaged in collaborative research related to the impact of elementary mathematics specialist certification on student achievement, as well as research investigating struggling learners’ conceptions of variables in middle and early secondary school