Gladis Kersaint

Dean and Professor of Mathematics Education


Dean, Neag School of Education
Professor of Mathematics Education

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D., Mathematics Education, Illinois State University
MS, Education (Mathematics), University of Miami
BS, Mathematics, University of Miami


Prior to her current role, Gladis Kersaint served as the associate dean of academic affairs and research for the College of Education at the University of South Florida (USF) since 2011, where she was also a professor of mathematics since 1998.

There, she previously served as director of the David C. Anchin Center and held the David C. Anchin Endowed Chair in Education Innovation; the Center promotes alliances and leverages resources to facilitate partnership efforts that support innovation and the advancement of teaching. From 2006 to 2010, she served as coordinator of USF Undergraduate Education and chair of the General Education Council, a role with university-wide reach.

Kersaint is also a well-respected scholar in mathematics education with an extensive publication and national and local service record. She has published four books and numerous refereed journal articles related to factors that influence mathematics teacher education and effective mathematics teaching, the mathematical teaching and learningof at-risk students, and the use of technology in teaching and learning mathematics. During her tenure at USF, she has served as the principal or co-principal investigator of approximately $30 million of National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and Florida Department of Education grants.

Kersaint has led a number of collaborative STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education projects involving school district personnel as well as university faculty in Arts and Sciences and Engineering. She has also provided service at the national level, including serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the largest professional organization for mathematics educators, and the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. Prior to her academic post at USF, Kersaint taught high school mathematics for the Miami Dade County Public Schools, the fourth-largest public school district in the nation.

Selected Publications/Presentations:

Ellerbrock, C. R., Kersaint, G., Smith, J. J., & Kaskeski, R. (2016).Transforming teacher preparation for the transition years: A partnership-based STEM residency program. In P. B. Howell, J. Carpenter, & J. Jones (Eds.), Clinical Preparation at the Middle Level: Practices and Possibilities (2nd Volume of the Handbook of Resources in Middle Level Education). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Thompson, D. R., Kersaint, G., Vorster, H., Webb, L., Van der Walt, M., S. (2016). Addressing Multilanguage diversity in mathematics teacher education programs. In R. Barwell, P. Clarkson, A. Halai, M. Kazima, Moschkovich, N. Planas, M. Setati-Phakeng, P. Valero, & M. V. Ubilus (Eds.),  Mathematics Education and Language Diversity: The 21st ICMI Study (pp. 121-139). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing

Lee, H. S., Kersaint, G., Driskell, S., Harper, S. Jones, D., Leatham, K., Angotti, R., & Adu-Gamfi, K. (2014). Teachers’ use of transnumeration in solving statistical task with dynamic statistical software.  Statistics Education Research Journal, 13(1), 25-52.

Kersaint, G., Thompson, D. R., Petkova, M. (2013). Teaching Mathematics to English Language Learners (2ndedition). New York: Rutledge.

Kersaint, G., Ritzhaupt, A., & Liu, Feng (2013). Technology to enhance mathematics and science instruction: Changes in teacher perceptions after participating in a yearlong professional development program.  Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 33(1), 537-566.

Kersaint, G., & Berger, S. (2012). Negotiating a new culture: A large-scale collaboration among mathematicians, mathematics teacher educators, and teachers. In Jenny B. Williams (Ed.), Professional collaboration in mathematics teaching and learning: Seeking success for all. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Kersaint, G., Dogbey, J. , Barber, J. & Kephart, D. (2011). The effect of access to an online tutorial service on College Algebra student outcomes, Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 19(1), 25–44.

Thompson, D. T., Kersaint, G., Richards, J. C., Hunsader, P. D., Rubenstein, R. R. (2008). Mathematical Literacy: Helping Students make meaning in the middle grades. Hienemann, Portsmouth, NH.

Kersaint, G., Lewis, J., Potter, R., & Meisels, G. (2007). Why teachers leave: Factors that influence retention or resignation. Teaching and Teacher Education, 23(6), 775-794.

Kersaint, G. (2007). The learning environment: Its influence on what is learned. In W. Gary Martin & Marilyn E. Strutchens (Eds.), The Learning of mathematics, (The 69th Yearbook of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) (pp. 83-96) Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Borman, K, Kersaint, G., et al.  (2005) Meaningful urban education reform: Confronting the learning crisis in mathematics and science.  State University of New York Press.


Board member, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), 2012-2015

Board member, Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), 2008-2011

President, Florida Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, 2002-2004, 2004-2006

Conference Chair for NCTM (2012 Conference)and AMTE (2006 Conference)

Referee for several mathematics education journals

Selected Committee Memberships at USF:

  • Mobilizing the Dream Workgroup: Faculty and Administrator Diversity, Spring 2016
  • USF System Research Planning Committee
  • USF Research Advisory Group
  • Chair, General Education Council
  • University Assessment Steering Committee
Dean Gladis Kersaint
Contact Information
Phone860 486 3813
Mailing AddressUnit 3064
Office LocationGentry 342E