Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Office Phone: (575) 646-1407
Fax: (575) 646-5436
P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Office: O’Donnell Hall Room 046
Dr. Karin M. Wiburg is a Distinguished Professor of Learning Design and Technology, as well as the director of a STEM education research group. She served as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education at New Mexico State University 2004-2013.
Dr. Wiburg’s research agenda involves the use of technology-based learning environments for the improvement of student learning in literacy, science and mathematics.Since coming to NMSU in 1993, Dr. Wiburg has written and received approximately $20 million in grants to support her research work. Over the last 10 years a large focus of her work has involved working with school districts, mathematicians and educational researchers and practitioners to create new ways of teaching and learning math that has led to decreases in the achievement gap for under-represented students. Prior to coming to New Mexico State University she spent 8 years in higher education in California and 15 years as a public school administrator and teacher in Washington State and California. She has co-authored four textbooks and has written numerous articles for publication. She has been a frequent presenter at national conferences and is primarily interested in the improvement of learning environments.
My personal research agenda is to expand and enhance learning opportunities for all students through the use of learning design and innovative uses of technology. I am particularly interested in changing the way in which mathematics is taught and learned and am currently the Principal Investigator of Math Snacks: Addressing Gaps in Conceptual Mathematics Understanding with Innovative Media, a research and development project that provides free games and animations about mathematics. I work with other dedicated and wonderful people and currently direct the Institute for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education (IEMSE). We have a wonderful STEM Outreach Center run by Dr. Susan Brown and a state-wide mathematics professional development program that works with partner school districts, Mathematically-Connected Communities (MC2).