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James A. Mendoza Álvarez received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the Mathematics Department in the College of Science at UT Arlington in 2001. His research and professional interests in mathematics education focus on mathematical problem solving, mathematics-specific technology, increasing access to mathematics through improved preparation of mathematics teachers, program development, and curriculum development. He is a six-time recipient of a UT Arlington Provost’s Research Excellence Award.
Dr. Álvarez’s teaching interests include calculus, geometry, analysis, and advanced courses in mathematics and mathematics-specific technology for secondary mathematics teachers. His research and teaching have been supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, the Texas Education Agency, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. These grants, totaling over $6 million, support projects which include efforts aimed at increasing teacher content knowledge in mathematics, increasing student retention in gateway courses such as calculus and precalculus, linking mathematics taught in the K-12 schools to research in mathematics, and designing materials to support standards-based mathematics teacher preparation.
Dr. Álvarez’s many teaching honors include, the UT Arlington 2009 Innovations in Teaching Award, a 2010 UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, and the 2012 Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America’s Teaching Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.
Dr. Álvarez is actively involved in the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the Texas Section of the MAA. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT)—a conference serving over 6,000 mathematics teachers in Texas each year. He served on the Advanced Placement Calculus Test Development Committee (2007-2010). He frequently lends his expertise in the writing and revising of mathematics standards, curriculum, and assessment for K-12 students at statewide and national levels.