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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

  • NCTM - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • AERA - American Educational Research Association
  • RCML - Research Council for Learning Mathematics

Service Activities

  • Proposal Reviewer: 2016 NCTM Research Conference, 2017 AERA Annual Meeting Division C.
  • Proceedings Reviewer: AERA Annual Meeting (2016-17, 2021-24), RCML Conference (2016-17, 2024)
  • Journal Reviewer: BMC Public Health (2023), Investigations Journal of RCML (2019), Psychological Reports (2019)

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

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. (April 2024). What is Math? How Three Misconceptions Lead to Oppression in Education. AERA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia.

Butler, K. (April 2023). Motivation for Mathematics Abbreviated Instrument: Internal Structural Validity in an Urban High School. AERA Annual Meeting, Chicago.

Butler, K. & Sears, R. (March 2015). Technology in Intermediate Algebra: Relationships with anxiety and opportunity to learn. Proceedings from 42nd annual RCML conference.