Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education
BSc, MSc, University of Mosul (Iraq); PhD, New Mexico State University
Office: Hyde Hall 356
Spring Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am – 11:00am
Osama Ta’ani is an assistant professor of mathematics education who joined the Department of Mathematics in 2011. He teaches undergraduate and graduate mathematics courses for pre-service and in-service teachers. He started his professional life teaching in primary and secondary schools in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. After developing a passion for instruction he pursued a PhD in Mathematics at New Mexico State University. During this time he taught courses ranging from developmental mathematics through differential equations. His research interests include mathematics education, history of mathematics, and using historical sources (specially from Medieval Islam) in teaching mathematics. His research focuses on using history in mathematics education, in particular, how history can be implemented in classroom teaching, and how teachers can integrate historical sources in the mathematics curriculum as an instructional tool. This tool provides students with both flexible thinking and opportunities for comparison as well as improves creative thinking while creating a network of ideas. Osama is busy outside of class with his three children. He enjoys hiking, fishing, traveling, and canoeing.
- Multiple paths to mathematics practice in al-Kashi’s Key to Arithmetic: A preliminary report (refereed, accepted 2010), Proceedings of CERME7, the Seventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. Rzeszów, Poland, 2011.
- Al-Kashi’s Key to Arithmetic: Its Context, Contents, and Educational Impact Up Through the Ottoman Empire. MAA General Contributed Paper Session, III, Joint Mathematics Meetings, New Orleans, January 2011.
- The Concept of Derivative as Presented in Nineteenth Century American Calculus Textbooks. History and Theories of Mathematics Education Miniconference, New Mexico State University, May 2010.
- Stochastic Processes for Financial Mathematics. Stochastic Processes Seminar, New Mexico State University, 2008.
- Brownian Motion, Martingales. Stochastic Processes Seminar, New Mexico State University, 2008.
- New hybrid CG-projected BFGS for minimization (with Abbas Al-Bayati), Rafidayn Journal of Sciences (2006) 17 (1), 38-49.
- New proposed projected BFGS algorithm, (with Abbas Al-Bayati), Rafidayn Journal of Sciences -Comp., Math. & Stati., Special Issue (2004)15(2), 53-68.
- New interleaving projected Quasi-Newton algorithm (with Abbas Al-Bayati), Abhath al-Yarmouk: Basic Sciences and Engineering (2002) 11 (1B), 217-237.
Awards or recognition
- Named Ed and Marilyn Wixson Professor of Mathematics, June 2014.
- Travel award from CERME7, the Seventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, Rzeszów, Poland, February 2011
- The Science Education Alliance award, SCIAD Program, May 2009.
- Excellent Teacher Honor, Dar al-Fikr Schools, Saudi Arabia, November 2005.
- Excellent Teacher Honor, Dar al-Fikr Schools, Saudi Arabia, November 2002.
- MA 1800 College Algebra
- MA 2110 Math in Our World I
- MA 2120 Math in Our World II
- MA 2140 Pre-Calculus
- MA 3120 Linear Algebra
- MA 3460 History of Mathematics
- MG 5730 Topics in Discrete Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers