CLeaR Fellows 2016 – Dr Tanya Evans
Break 30%: Mission (im)possible?
Do the numbers of students attending lectures drop off towards the end of each semester? Tanya has explored why students may not engage in the ways we would like or anticipate. Be in the audience to experience some of the motivators and levers Tanya uses to ensure mission e-ccomplished.
Tanya is a Professional Teaching Fellow in the Department of Mathematics where she currently coordinates and teaches the largest stage II course offered by the department. Tanya brings a multinational perspective to her position having enjoyed a diverse range of educational experiences.
After finishing her undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Education in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tanya was awarded a postgraduate fellowship at Rice University in Texas, USA. She completed her PhD in Pure Mathematics at Rice in 2003, specialising in Low-Dimensional Topology. While at Rice, Tanya embraced the opportunity to take MBA courses in Financial Mathematics, which remains an area of interest for her.
In 2003, Tanya moved to New Zealand where her main focus shifted towards teaching and learning practices. She is particularly interested in the professional development of teaching staff and was one of the founding members of the Peer Review and Observation group in her department.
Tanya is also an active member of the Faculty of Science Teaching and Learning Innovation Group led by Margaret Goldstone.