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Luisa-Maria Rosu

Luisa-Maria RosuDirector

Prior to joining I-STEM, Luisa was part of the various evaluation teams, including teams for NSF GK-12 outreach program and Mathematics English Technology Education Resources (METER) project of the Illinois Professional Learners’ Partnership (IPLP). She coordinated research activities in the Center for Instructional Research and Curriculum Evaluation (CIRCE), where she collaborated with CIRCE visiting international scholars interested in the research of computer-based collaborative learning, revised evaluation reports for the Open Society Institute early childhood programs in Eastern Europe, and organized seminars for RIIE, an Iberico-American initiative to study questions and models in evaluating the quality of teaching in higher education. 

Research and evaluation interests:

  • The quality of teaching and instructional design in STEM higher education.
  • Increasing diversity in STEM programs: the educative and responsive approaches for evaluating STEM education programs.
  • Creativity in classroom practices of mathematics teachers.
  • Research experiences for teachers.

In 2014, Luisa received a CORE Early Career Fulbright U.S. scholar award for the proposal Investigations of Quality Criteria in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Teacher Education.

In 2016, Luisa received YWCA leadership award for STEM education.

Selected publications:

Rosu, L.M. (2014) Fostering Students’ Mathematical Creativity: Pedagogical Dimensions. The 8th International Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness Conference, Denver, CO, U.S.A.

Rosu, L.M. & al. (2014) Engineering Professors who are Reengineering Their Courses: the iFoundry perspective. In Burton, A. & Winkelmes, M.A. (Eds.) Talking about Teaching on the Prairie. University of Illinois Press, Champaign, IL, U.S.A.

Stake, R.E. & Rosu, L.M. (2012) Energizing and constraining advocacy. In Denzin, N. and Giardina, M. (Eds.), Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Advocacy. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, CA, U.S.A.

Baroody, A.J. & Rosu, L.M. (2006) Adaptive expertise with basic addition and subtraction combinations: The number sense view. In A.J. Baroody & J. Torbeyns (Chairs), Developing adaptive expertise in elementary school arithmetic. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.

Email: rosu@illinois.edu