I am a Preceptor in the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University since July 2017. From July 2012-July 2017 I was an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mathematics at Duke University.
Contact:Harvard Mathematics DepartmentScience Center ComplexCambridge MA 02138Email: braley [at] math.harvard.eduCV
Scholarly and Professional Work
My primary focus at the undergraduate level is on mathematical experiences for STEM intending students as they transition from high school to college. Through a classroom lens, this means examining students’ mathematical beliefs about precalculus and calculus that they bring to their learning and intentionally creating structures and opportunities for students to communicate their understanding in collaborative learning experiences. This aligns with the MAA’s Instructional Practices Guide which identifies inquiry and discovery, and student-centered instruction as crucial components of student success. Turning the lens to look outside of the classroom, this means the development of programming and strategic interventions in the form of mentoring and academic and social experiences that build community, for STEM intending students.
At the graduate level, I am interested in the professional development of mathematics graduate students focused on engaged student learning and inclusive classroom practices. A piercing theme in the Instructional Practices Guide is equity. Equity is a guiding principle in professional development in the CoMInDS project and Project NExT. Inclusion and equity should inform teaching practices and be a tenet of any professional development program for graduate students or new faculty. This aligns with my work with undergraduates as mathematically rich, active learning environments are a centerpiece to both graduate student preparation and undergraduate success in mathematics.