Sandy M. Spitzer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Director of the Master's Program in Mathematics Education

Dr. Sandy Spitzer

Contact Information

7800 York Road, Room 355


Ph.D., Education
University of Delaware
M.A., Education
University of Delaware
M.A.T., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Mathematics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Areas of Expertise

Elementary Geometry
Mathematics Education
Pre-Service Teacher Education
Technology Use in Math Education,


Sandy Spitzer joined the mathematics faculty at Towson University in 2008. She earned her B.A. in Mathematics as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After teaching mathematics in a high school and at Harford Community College in Maryland, Sandy began a doctoral program in education, with a specialization in Mathematics Education, at the University of Delaware. She earned a Master of Arts in Education in 2006 and received her Ph.D. in 2008.

Dr. Spitzer's research interests include the role of technology in school mathematics, especially the role that graphing technology can play in learning algebra. She also has a strong interest in pre-service teacher education and has both taught and conducted research in mathematics courses for prospective elementary school teachers.

Recent Publications

  • Systematically improving lessons in teacher education: What's good for prospective teachers is good for teacher educators (with C. Phelps), The Teacher Educator (to appear).
  • Using Classroom Evidence to Inform and Improve Teaching (with F. Shore and C. Phelps), Annual Perspectives in Mathematics Education 2014: Using Research to Improve Instruction from NCTM (2014).
  • Become an Escher sleuth (with L. Cooper and M. Tomayko)Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 18 (2013), 378-385.
  • Developing prospective elementary teachers' abilities to identify evidence of student mathematical achievement (with J. Beyers, D. Johnson, C. Phelps, and E. Sieminski), Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education 14 (2011), 67.