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Dr.  Crystal Kalinec-Craig

Assistant Professor
Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching



Dr. Kalinec-Craig is a native of Houston and graduated from the University of Houston with her Bachelors of Science in Mathematics in 2001, from Texas A&M at College Station in 2006 with her masters in Mathematics, and from University of Arizona in 2012 with her doctorate in teaching and teacher education. She has taught in North Carolina, Mississippi, Arizona, and Germany.  As an assistant professor in the Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching department of UTSA, she teaches the Approaches to Teaching Mathematics in EC-6 Classrooms course, Theory of Curriculum and Instruction, Research in Action, and Qualitative Phenomenological Research Methods.  She was awarded a faculty seed grant from UTSA  about the experiences of elementary and middle school mathematics teachers as they learn to integrate art into their mathematics lessons (Te’ALaMo Project: Teachers, Art from Latin@ Cultures, and Mathematical Modeling). She was selected as a 2014 fellow for the STAR Program (Service, Teaching, And, Research) Program. Dr. Kalinec-Craig is interested in issues of equity in teacher educator as it relates to asset-focused teaching practices.  Dr. Kalinec-Craig has contributed to research publications for the Journal of Teacher Education, the International Journal of Educational Research, Teacher College Record, the Association of Mexican American Educators, Democracy and Education, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, and the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education. Dr. Kalinec-Craig’s current work focuses on the Rights of the Learner, a framework that teachers can use to promote equity through divergent formative assessment.  Curerntly she is the co-director of the SEE Math (Support and Enrichment Experiences in Mathematics) program that supports prospective elementary teachers as they learn to adopt equity-oriented practices with children and families in San Antonio. She resides in San Antonio with her husband is a UTSA student and with their two cats and one dog.