Zach Hurdle

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Zachariah (Zach) Hurdle began working at working at Southern Arkansas University in 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics, with an emphasis in connecting to education, STEM, and the surrounding community. He received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2008, and followed with his Master’s in Mathematics Education from the same school in 2011. He graduated from Texas State University, located in San Marcos, TX, with a PhD in Mathematics Education in 2017.

Along the way, Dr. Hurdle created an engaging math curriculum for a start-up school in Austin before moving to Costa Rica to maintain a recently-accredited IB school and run the mathematics department while analyzing a Montessori mathematics program transitioning into direct instruction. Along with curriculum development in many different capacities, Dr. Hurdle has also presented at many conferences, including STEAM3 and SXSWedu, and was recently published in NCTM’s “Mathematics Teacher.” His research interests include using hands-on activities to more effectively teach difficult mathematics concepts, focusing on causes and solutions to mathematics anxiety, strategies of teaching ahead of grade level, and presenting innovative curriculum to those needing creativity in the classroom.

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