## Patricia Vela

### Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

#### Contact Information

Email: pvela@agnesscott.edu

Office Location: Buttrick 353

Office Hours: Spring 2018

Wednesday and Friday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

and by appointment

#### Academic Degrees

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

M.S., California State University, Los Angeles

Ph.D., Emory University

M.S., California State University, Los Angeles

Ph.D., Emory University

#### Teaching and Scholarly Interests

Patricia Vela’s research interests focus on investigating problem-solving strategies through which people come to solve nonroutine problems with technology. As part of this, she aims to understand the mental development of mathematical ideas, reasoning, and heuristics, as well as the affordances of mathematical tasks. She is particularly interested on how these research directions manifest in collaborative problem solving in mathematics, and teacher professional development.