Travis Olson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Teaching & Learning

Travis Olson

travis.olson@unlv.edu

Carlson Education Building (CEB) 363A

702-895-0471

Curriculum Vitae


Research Expertise: Curriculum analysis studies, particularly with respect to the development of mathematical concepts (at various levels, K-16) and implications on students' opportunities to learn and teachers' opportunities to teach particular mathematics concepts; underst

Travis Olson is an associate professor of mathematics education in the Department of Teaching and Learning who joined the UNLV faculty in 2009. Dr. Olson earned his B.S. in mathematics and political science, and his M.S. in mathematics from Western Illinois University. His Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction under the direction of Dr. Douglas A. Grouws at the University of Missouri focused on examining middle grades mathematics textbooks related to the development of patterning concepts and algebraic thinking. While at the University of Missouri, Dr. Olson was a doctoral research fellow of the Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum (CSMC), an NSF-funded Center for Learning and Teaching focusing on mathematics curriculum studies (e.g., design, implementation, policy) within and among the primary institutions of the University of Missouri, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, and University of Chicago. Dr. Olson's current research continues to focus on curriculum analysis studies, particularly with respect to the development of mathematical concepts (at various levels, K-16) and implications on students' opportunities to learn and teachers' opportunities to teach particular mathematics concepts. Dr. Olson is also currently working on understanding secondary teacher's conceptions, root of their understandings, and abilities to model mathematical problems related to fraction concepts, and other key mathematical topics encountered in a secondary teachers' daily professional life. Dr. Olson served on the Professional Development Services Committee of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Additionally, he currently serves on the Program Committee for the inaugural Innov8 Conference for NCTM. Dr. Olson currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics as the Associate Journal Editor of the NCSM Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership. As an extension of his research on curriculum materials, he is the Principal Investigator for a grant award from the National Science Foundation CORE R & D programs investigating middle grades teachers' curricular reasoning (http://bit.ly/2dXnzpc). U.S. Representative Titus' statement (http://bit.ly/2cdp1a3). Dr. Olson can be found on Twitter - @taoofmath.