About Me

[T]he art of teaching has little to do with the traffic of knowledge, its fundamental purpose must be to foster the art of learning. -Ernst von Glasersfeld

My name is Irma Stevens and I am a postdoctoral researcher for the GRIP Lab at the University of Michigan. I recently received my PhD in Mathematics Education at the University of Georgia. I was born in Belgium and moved at a young age to Charlotte, NC where I eventually earned my B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Bioinformatics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While there, my interest in student thinking and mathematics education was sparked through my involvement with the university’s tutoring program. I moved to Athens, GA to attend the University of Georgia, received my M.A. in Mathematics, and pursued my research interests in students’ quantitative and covariational reasoning, specifically in regards to preservice teachers’ symbolization and interpretation of formulas. As a researcher at the GRIP Lab, led by Professor Patricio Herbst, I work with Michigan high school mathematics teachers and university instructors to understand the rationality of their instructional practices. Outside of academics, I enjoy running and eating chocolate.

CV: Last updated November 2020

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Contact Information


610 East University Ave. #2404

Ann Arbor, MI, 48109


istevens @ umich.edu

Upcoming Presentations

Recent Presentations


Multiple Ways of Understanding Geometric Formulas via Covariational Reasoning - Irma Stevens (March 2021)

  • Friday, February 19, 2021, 11:00-12:00, virtual session

Supporting Discussions About Teachers’ Practical Knowledge via StoryCircles. - Stevens, I. E., Herbst, P., Bardelli, E., & Milewski, A. (2020, March).

  • Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10:50-11:35, 2225 Prechter Hall, Ann Arbor, MI

(Poster) Elementary School Geometry to University Level Calculus: Building Upon Learning Trajectories Rooted in Covariational Reasoning with Area Contexts to Support Covariational Reasoning Related to Implicit Differentiation - Irma E. Stevens

February 27-29, 2020

Revere Hotel Boston Common (200 Stuart St, Boston, Massachusetts)


Invited Talk: The role of multiplicative objects in a formula - Irma E. Stevens

  • Wednesday January 15, 2020, 3:45-4:05, Room 610/612, Meeting Room Level, Colorado Convention Center

State of the undergraduate Geometry courses for secondary Teachers: Curriculum, instructional practices, and student achievement- Patricio G Herbst, Irma E. Stevens*, Amanda M. Milewski, Michael G. Ion, Inah Ko

  • Friday January 17, 2020, 5:00-5:15, Room 505, Meeting Room Level, Colorado Convention Center

Current Funded Projects

Previously Funded Projects

Generalization Across Multiple Mathematical Areas (GAMMA)- PI, Amy Ellis in collaboration with Elise Lockwood (co-principal investigator), Erik Tillema (co-principal investigator), and Kevin Moore (co-principal investigator) (2015-2018)