Jennifer Bay-Williams

Jennifer Bay-Williams

Department of Middle and Secondary Education
Room 285 - College of Education and Human Development
Office: 502-852-0561
j.baywilliams @

Dr. Bay-William's curriculum vitae [PDF]


For over a decade I have been living and working at University of Louisville. What attracted me to Louisville, beyond it being a great place to live, was the College’s commitment to schools and to partnerships. I have been able to work with students and teachers in many of our great Jefferson County Schools, and many of the surrounding counties, like Carroll County Schools and Oldham County Schools. In these settings, we work on how to better teach so that all students feel confident and competent about their mathematics. I have also worked in many other places – Kansas, Missouri, and Peru – and have traveled to many places inside and outside the United States to work with teachers of mathematics.

I am married and have two children, both in public schools (one in elementary and one in middle school). My hobbies include biking, camping, hiking, traveling, and watching all kinds of sports, in particular softball because my daughter loves this sport and plays for a traveling team. I also love British television and will binge watch when I can.

Professionally, I am a passionate mathematics educator. I believe that every child has the capacity to be mathematically proficient and we must design our schools and classrooms in ways that ensure that each student develops a strong mathematical identity. At the University of Louisville, I teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to mathematics teaching and chair the Department of Middle and Secondary Education. I have written many books (see my vita), all of which take different angles at trying to ensure mathematics teaching engages every student. And, I am involved in many organizations related to mathematics teaching – I am a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Board of Directors, a former president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Education (AMTE), and active in TODOS: Mathematics for All.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction/Mathematics Education, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • M.Ed., Secondary Education, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • B.A., Mathematics (with Grade 7-12 certficiation), DePauw University – Greencastle, IN

Teaching Areas

  • P-5 Mathematics Methods and Mathematics Methods Field Experience
  • Middle and Secondary Mathematics Methods
  • Advanced Methods for Number and Algebra

Research Interests

  • Mathematics teaching practice for English Language Learners (ELLs)
  • Implementation of standards-based mathematics curriculum/innovations in mathematics education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Use of Literature in Teaching Mathematics

Selected Professional Service

  • Leadership Taskforce, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), 2016 - present
  • Member, Standards Dissemination Task Force, 2017 - 2018
  • Lead Writer, Standards for the Preparation of Mathematics Teachers, 2015 - 2017
  • Editorial Panel, NCTM Student Explorations in Mathematics. 2014 – 2015.
  • Issue Editor, NCTM 74th Yearbook: Professional Collaborations in Mathematics Teaching and Learning: Seeking Success for All. 2008 – 2012. (Publication date: 2012).
  • Member, Advisory Board, NSF-Funded Grant How to harness gesture and action in the classroom to teach mathematical equivalence (Susan Goldin-Meadow, University of Chicago, PI and Elizabeth Wakefield, Loyola University-Chicago, Co-PI)
  • Advisory Board, US-Teacher Education Development (U.S. TEDS) – Mathematics Study, 2006-Present

Honors & Awards

  • University of Missouri Citation of Merit for Outstanding Achievement and Meritorious Service, 2013
  • University of Louisville Student Athlete Red and Black Banquet Faculty Mentor, 2012
  • Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics (KCTM) Mathematics Education Service and Achievement (M.E.S.A.) Award, 2008
  • Nominee, Advisor of the Year Award (Advisor for Kappa Delta Pi), KSU, 2004, 2006

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE)
  • Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics (KCTM)
  • National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • TODOS: Mathematics for All

Selected Recent Publications

  • Van de Walle, J., Karp, K., & Bay-Williams, J. M. (2019). Elementary and Middle School mathematics: Teaching Developmentally (10th edition). New York, NY: Pearson Education, Inc.
  • McGatha, M. B., Bay-Williams, J. M., Kobett, B. M., & Wray, J. A. (2018). Everything you need for mathematics coaching: Tools, plans, and a process that works for any instructional leader. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin (joint publication with NCSM and NCTM).
  • Van de Walle, J., Bay-Williams, J. M., Lovin, L.A., & Karp, K. S. (2018). Teaching Student Centered Mathematics: Grades 6-8 (3rd edition). New York, NY: Pearson Education, Inc.
  • 1. Bay-Williams, J. M. (2017). Poetry in motion: Using Shel Silverstein’s works to engage students mathematically. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 10(8), 386-393. In D. Thiessen (Ed.) Exploring Math through Literature. Reston, VA: NCTM.
  • Bay-Williams, J. M., & Fletcher, G. (2017). A bottom-up hundred chart? Teaching Children Mathematics, 24(3), 153 – 160.
  • Id-Deen, L., McGatha, M. B., & Bay-Williams, J. M. (2017). Putting a dent in student voices. Kentucky Teacher. Accessed at
  • Bay-Williams, J. M., & Martine, S. L. (2015). Order of operations: The myth and the math. Teaching Children Mathematics, 21(1).
  • Kling, G., & Bay-Williams, J. M. (2015). Three steps to mastering multiplication facts. Teaching Children Mathematics, 21(9), 548-559.