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

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. (November 2015).  Incorporating social justice into the statistics curriculum. AMATYC Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Butler, K. (April 2017). Motivation for mathematics: The development and initial validation of an abbreviated instrument. AERA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX.

Butler, K. (October 2015). From toys to social justice: An ecological model for relatedness of mathematical content in the classroom. FCTM Conference, Orlando, FL.