Elizabeth A. Burroughs, Ph.D.
Professor, Mathematics Education
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Montana State University
PO Box 172400
Bozeman, MT 59717-2400

Office: Wilson 2-210
Phone: (406) 994-3322
Receptionist: (406) 994-3601
Fax: (406) 994-1789


Courses Taught

  • M 135: Mathematics for K-8 Teachers I (replaced by M 132 and M 234)
  • M 328: Higher Mathematics for Secondary Teachers
  • M 329: Modern Geometry
  • M 428: Modeling for Teachers
  • EDU 497R: Methods of Teaching 5 - 8 Mathematics
  • EDU 497: Methods of Teaching 9-12 Mathematics
  • M 424: Algebraic Thinking and Number Sense in the Middle Grades
  • M 520: Standards-based Mathematics
  • M 524: Linear Algebra for Teachers
  • M 528: Curriculum Design in Mathematics
  • M 588: Professional Development in Mathematics
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Research and Projects

  • Immersion Mathematical Modeling with Elementary Grades Teachers
  • Fulbright Award I spent 2014-2015 at the University of York in York, U.K., collaborating on issues in mathematics education.
  • EMC Examining Mathematics Coaching
  • Teaching Calculus with Gender in Mind, with Jessica Deshler of West Virginia University



    Ph.D. (Mathematics), Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2003
    Dissertation: Convection in a Closed-Loop Thermosyphon: Bifurcation and Stability Analysis

    MA(Mathematics), Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1999

    Teaching Certificate , Post-Baccalaureate Education Program, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, 1995

    BA (Mathematics and English), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1992


  • Yopp, David, Burroughs, Elizabeth A., Barlow, Angela, and Sutton, John. (Accepted 2014). Using video to assess coaching knowledge. Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

  • Yopp, David, Barlow, Angela, Sutton, John, and Burroughs, Elizabeth A. (Accepted 2014). Using participant responses to video of coaching practice to focus mathematics coaching programs. Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership.

  • Barlow, Angela, Burroughs, Elizabeth A., Harmon, Shannon, Sutton, John, and Yopp, David. (2014) Assessing views of coaching via a video-based tool. ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 46(2), 227-238. Link to article

  • Deshler, Jessica and Burroughs, Elizabeth A. (2013). Teaching mathematics with women in mind. Notices of the American Mathematical Society (October) 60(9), 1156-1163. Link to article

  • Burroughs, Elizabeth A. and Deshler, Jessica (2013). Gender bias? College Mathematics Journal, 44(2), 88.

  • Watts, Christina M., Cao, Jing, Panza, Christopher, Dugaw, Christopher, Colwell, Mark, and Burroughs, Elizabeth A. (2012) A discrete time stochastic model for the population of the Western Snowy Plover. Natural Resource Modeling. Link to article

  • Sutton, John, Burroughs, Elizabeth A. and Yopp, David (2011). Coaching knowledge: Domains and definitions. Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership. Vol. 13 (2), pp. 12-20. Link to article

  • Yopp, David, Burroughs, Elizabeth A., and Lindaman, Brian (2011). Why it is important for in-service elementary teachers to understand the equality 0.999...=1. Journal of Mathematical Behavior. Vol. 30 (4), pp. 304-318. Link to article

  • Yopp, David, Burroughs, Elizabeth A., Luebeck, Jennifer, Heidema, Clare, Mitchell, Arlene, and Sutton, John (2011). How to be a wise consumer of coaching: Strategies teachers can use to maximize coaching's benefits. Journal of Staff Development, 32(1), pp 50-53.

  • Burroughs, Elizabeth and Yopp, David (2010) . Pre-service mathematics teachers' understanding of repeating decimal concepts, Investigations in Mathematics Learning, Vol 3(1), pp. 23-42.

  • Burroughs, Elizabeth and Luebeck, Jennifer (2010). Including pre-service teachers in mathematics lesson study, The Montana Mathematics Enthusiast, Vol 7 (3), pp. 391 - 400.

  • Burke, Maurice and Burroughs, Elizabeth. Using CAS to explore historical problems, Mathematics Teacher, 2009.

  • Burroughs, Elizabeth and Evans, Tyler. The Chinese Remainder Theorem, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2009.

  • Brown, Sharon and Elizabeth Burroughs, Poster Projects: Mathematics in Context, PRIMUS (Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies), Vol 18, Issue 5 (2008), p 475 - 487.

  • Shryock, Kacee A., Sharon L. Brown, Nathan J. Sanders, and Elizabeth Burroughs, A Reaction-Diffusion Equation Modeling the Invasion of the Argentine Ant Population, Linepithema Humile, at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Natural Resource Modeling, Vol 21, No. 2 (2008), p 330-342.

  • Burroughs, Elizabeth, Encouraging Mathematics Teachers as Mathematicians, Mathematics Teacher, Vol 100 (2007), No 7, p 464 - 469.

  • Burroughs, Elizabeth, Evangelos Coutsias, and Louis Romero, A Reduced-order Partial Differential Equation Model for the Flow in a Thermosyphon, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 543 (2005) 203 - 237.

  • Salinger, Andrew, Elizabeth Burroughs, Roger Pawlowski, Eric Phipps, and Louis Romero, Bifurcation Tracking Algorithms and Software for Large-Scale Applications, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, Vol. 15, No. 3 (2005) 1015 - 1032.

  • Burroughs, Elizabeth, Louis Romero, Richard Lehoucq, and Andrew Salinger, Linear Stability of Flow in a Differentially Heated Cavity via Large-Scale Eigenvalue Calculations, International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, Vol. 14, No. 6 (2004) 803 - 822.

  • Salinger, Andrew, Nawaf Bou-Rabee, Roger Pawlowski, Edward Wilkes, Elizabeth Burroughs, Richard Lehoucq, and Louis Romero, LOCA 1.0 Library of Continuation Algorithms: Theory and Implementation Manual, Technical Report SAND2002-0396, Sandia National Laboratories, March 2002.

  • Burroughs, Elizabeth, Louis Romero, Richard Lehoucq, and Andrew Salinger, Large-Scale Eigenvalue Calculations for Computing the Stability of Buoyancy Driven Flows, Technical Report SAND2001-0113, Sandia National Laboratories, May 2001.

Research Interests

  • instructional coaching in elementary mathematics classrooms
  • connections between the mathematics pre-service teachers study as undergraduates and the mathematics they will teach to school students
  • developing courses appropriate for pre-service mathematics teacher preparation programs