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Kenneth Butler, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty

School of Education and Health Sciences: Teacher Education


Email: Kenneth Butler, Ph.D.
Phone: 937-229-3493
Raymond L. Fitz Hall, Room 680N
Curriculum Vitae: Read CV


  • Ph.D., Mathematics Education, University of South Florida, 2016
  • M.A., Mathematics, East Carolina University, 2000
  • B.A., Philosophy, East Carolina University, 1994

Licensures & Certifications

  • Florida Professional Educator Certification, Mathematics (grades 6-12) #1172130  

Courses Taught

  • EDT 427: Mathematics for Middle Childhood
  • EDT 432: Integrated Mathematics Methods for Adolescence to Young Adult
  • EDT 533: Mathematics Methods for Middle Childhood Education
  • EDT 542: Middle Childhood Mathematics 4-6 General Methods
  • EDT 553: Integrated Mathematics Methods for Adolescence to Young Adult

Professional Memberships

  • AERA
  • NCTM
  • NAM

Service Activities

  • Proposal Reviewer: 2016 NCTM Research Conference, 2017 AERA Annual Meeting Division C.
  • Proceedings Reviewer: 2016 RCML Conference Proceedings, 2017 RCML Conference Proceedings.
  • Journal Reviewer: 2019 Investigations Journal of RCML, 2019 Psychological Reports.

Awards & Honors

Winner of the 2016 AERA Division D Graduate Student In-Progress Research at the Division D Exemplary Work from Promising Researchers Gala.

Research Interests

  • Motivation for mathematics, critical pedagogy in mathematics education

Selected Publications, Presentations

Butler, K. (2022). Math in MineCraft. Ohio Journal of School Mathematics, 89, 29-39.

Butler, K., Dedrick, R.F. (2021). Content and internal structural validity of the motivation for mathematics abbreviated instrument. SN Soc Sci 1, 275.

Sears, R., Karadeniz, I., Butler, K., Pettey, D. (2015). Are standards for mathematical practice overlooked in Geometry textbooks’ Chapter Tests? Annual Perspectives in Mathematics Education 2015: Assessment to Enhance Learning and Teaching, 75-85.

Butler, K., Sears, R. (2016). Using toys as manipulatives: Promoting mathematics while motivating children. Dimensions in Mathematics, 36(2), 6-14.

Sears, R., Butler, K., Krajcevski, M. (2017). The integration of technology in model eliciting activities to support mathematical reasoning. Dimensions in Mathematics.