Juli Dixon, Ph.D.
Juli K. Dixon, Ph. D., is a professor of mathematics education at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Dixon is focused on improving teachers' mathematics knowledge for teaching so that they can communicate and justify mathematical ideas and also expect their students to explain their mathematical thinking. Prior to joining the faculty at UCF, Dr. Dixon was a secondary mathematics educator at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a public school mathematics teacher in urban school settings at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. She is a prolific writer of K-12 books, textbooks, book chapters, and articles. A sought-after speaker, Dr. Dixon has delivered keynotes and other presentations throughout North America. She is co-author of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Go Math for K-8 Mathematics and AGA and Integrated Mathematics for High School. She is also co-author of Solution Tree’s Making Sense of Mathematics for Teaching book and video series. Especially important to Dr. Dixon is the need to teach each and every student. She shares her personal story of supporting her own children with special needs to learn mathematics in an inclusive setting. Dr. Dixon received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and education from SUNY Potsdam, a master's degree in mathematics education from Syracuse University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction (with an emphasis in mathematics education) from the University of Florida.
Ph.D. in Instruction and Curriculum, Mathematics Education
University of Florida
Areas of Expertise
- Mathematics Education
- Improving student achievement by focusing on deepening teachers' knowledge of mathematics for teaching and supporting communication and justification of mathematical ideas
- Developing mathematics curricula that is focused and meaningful
- Supporting students who struggle to learn mathematics
Recent Honors and Awards
- Inaugural UCF Luminary, 2017
- Academic Year Sabbatical, 2017-2018
- Inductee, UCF Scroll and Quill Society, 2017
- UCF Teaching Incentive Program Award, 2016 – 2017
- William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award, Florida Education Fund, 2014
- UCF Research Incentive Award, 2012-2013
Boston, M. D., Candela, A. G., & Dixon, J. K. (2019). Making sense of mathematics for teaching to inform instructional quality. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
Dixon, J. K., Brooks, L. A., Carli, M. (2019). Making sense of mathematics for teaching the pulled small group. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press. [2020 Teachers’ Choice Award for Best Professional Development, Learning Magazine.]
Candela, A. G., Boston, M. D., & Dixon, J. K. (in press). Discourse actions to promote student access. Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching Pre-K-12.
Sahin, N., Dixon, J. K., & Schoen, R. (in press). Investigating the association between children’s strategy use and mathematics achievement. School Science and Mathematics.
Dixon, J. K., Nolan, E. C., Adams, T. L., Brooks, L. A., & Howse, T. D. (2016). Making sense of mathematics for teaching grades K-2. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
Dixon, J. K., Nolan, E. C., Adams, T. L., Tobias, J. M., Barmoha, G. (2016). Making sense of mathematics for teaching grades 3-5. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press. [2018 Teachers’ Choice Award for Best Professional Development, Learning Magazine.]
Nolan, E. C., Dixon, J. K., Roy, G. & Andreasen, J. B. (2016). Making sense of mathematics for teaching grades 6-8. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
Nolan, E. C., Dixon, J. K., Safi, F., Haciomeroglu, E. S. (2016). Making sense of mathematics for teaching high school. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
Roy, G. J., Tobias, J., Safi, F., & Dixon, J. K. (2014). Sustaining social and sociomathematical norms with prospective elementary teachers in mathematics content course. Investigations in Mathematics Learning 7(2), 33-64.
Dixon, J. K., Andreasen, J. B., Avila, C. L., Bawatneh, Z., Deichert, D., Howse, T., Sotillo Turner, M. (2014). Redefining the whole: Common errors in elementary preservice teachers’ self-authored word problems for fraction subtraction. Investigations in Mathematics Learning 7(1), 1-22.
Current Funded Projects
Dixon, J. K.& Brooks, L.A. (2017). Inspiring meaningful discourse during small group mathematics instruction throughout authentic classroom videos. University of Central Florida College of Education and Human Performance Exploratory Demonstration Project Examining Innovations focused on “Inspiring Teachers,” funded $25,990.
Schoen, R. (FSU), Dixon, J. K. (UCF), & Secada, W. (UM). (2012-2016). Replicating the CGI experiment in diverse environments. Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Education Effective Teachers and Effective Teachers Program, Efficacy and Replication Study, funded $3,480,000.
- Florida Association of Mathematics Supervisors (FAMS), 2008-present
- Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics (FCTM), 2000-present
- National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), 1996-present
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), 1987-present
- Research Council on Mathematics Learning (RCML), formerly Research Council for Diagnostic and Prescriptive Mathematics (RCDPM), 1996-present