Petra Menz

"I enjoyed working with Dr. Nathalie Sinclair for her encouragement, unwavering support, professional expertise and guidance."

Year Graduated: 2015
Program/Degree:
 Mathematics Education PhD

Thesis Title: Unfolding of Diagramming and Gesturing between Mathematics Graduate Student and Supervisor during Research Meetings

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, Simon Fraser University.

In my role as senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, I show my enthusiasm for mathematics, establish a teaching environment with high expectations that encourages learning of the curriculum and empowers my students to become life-long learners, use a variety of teaching strategies, and encourage student feedback. As a graduate student, I am interested in the journey from being a graduate student to becoming a mathematician under the guidance and mentorship of the student's supervisor. One of my particular research interests is the study of how mathematizing and diagramming–in terms of Châtelet–are entwined in the graduate student as the less-expert mathematician and the supervisor as the expert mathematician.

Please tell us how you first discovered your program.
Since I work as a senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at SFU I have dealt with faculty members from Mathematics Education in a variety of ways: workshops, conferences, courses. These encounters led me to believe that pursuing my doctorate jointly with the Department of Mathematics and Mathematics Education is the right choice for me. I took matters into my own hands by approaching the Department of Mathematics and Mathematics Education and requesting that I do a joint doctoral thesis.

Please tell us why you chose the Faculty of Education at SFU for your studies.
I knew some of the researchers through my work as senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematics.

Who is a faculty member you have enjoyed working with and why?
I enjoyed working with Dr. Nathalie Sinclair for her encouragement, unwavering support, professional expertise and guidance.

What do you miss most about your graduate studies in the Faculty of Education?
I miss the interactions with other PhD students in the seminar group led by Dr. Nathalie Sinclair.