Helen Burn

Highline College

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Highline College
United States


Dr. Helen Burn is faculty member in the mathematics department and director of the Curriculum Research Group at Highline College, where she has served as chair of the Pure and Applied Sciences Division and mathematics department coordinator. Her research, service, and leadership center on improving student success in the two-year college mathematics curriculum through redesigning curriculum, improving the mathematics placement process, and tailoring curriculum to special student populations including students in applied baccalaureate programs and the partner disciplines to mathematics. Dr. Burn currently chairs  AMATYC’s Pathways Joint Subcommittee and is a member of the Mathematical Association of America’s Committee on Undergraduate Programs in Mathematics. Burn serves as Principal Investigator on Transitioning Learners to Calculus in Community Colleges (NSF IUSE 1625918), as evaluator on Highline Corequisite Mathematics Initiative (College Spark of Washington), and hub leader for the Pacific Northwest section of StatPREP (NSF DUE 1626337, sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America). Her past grant work includes serving as a consultant to the two-year college research team on Characteristics of Successful Program in College Calculus (NSF DUE 0910240, 2010-2016), Co-PI for The Math You Need, When You Need (NSF DUE-0920800/0920583, 2006-2013), and evaluator for Redesigning the Math Placement Process Grant (College Spark of Washington).  In 2014, she received the Washington State Two-Year College Mathematics Education Reform Award.


University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Ph.D., 2006
Higher Education
2002 To 2006
Dissertation: Factors That Shape Community College Mathematics Faculty Reasoning about College Algebra Reform. The dissertation used case-study methods to explore curricular influences at play as mathematics faculty at three community colleges reason about college algebra reform.
Advisor: Dr. Eric L. Dey

Western Washington University
Bellingham, Washington, United States
M.S. Mathematics, 1994
1992 To 1994

The Evergreen State College
Olympia, Washington, United States
B.S., 1992
1990 To 1992

Job History

Highline College
Des Moines, WA, United States
September 1994 - present

Seattle University
Adjunct Faculty, College of Education
Seattle, WA, United States
August 2013 - June 2017

University of Michigan
Graduate Student Research Assistant
Ann Arbor, WA, United States
August 2002 - August 2006