Ian Thacker
Ian  Thacker

Ian Thacker

Cohort: 2015

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

Univ. Southern California
M.S. Statistics

Univ. of California, Berkeley
M.A. Mathematics Education

Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
B.A. Mathematics
B.A. Physics



Educational Psychology

Research Interest

Mathematics and science teaching and learning; conceptual change; epistemic cognition; mathematics teacher education; teacher beliefs; teacher implicit bias; embodiment

Ian Thacker

Ian Thacker is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. He is a research assistant working with Dr. Gale Sinatra in the department of Educational Psychology. His research, broadly speaking, investigates mathematics and science teaching, learning, and teacher education. He also explores how mathematical reasoning skills can be leveraged to support science learning.

Prior to attending USC, Ian was a high school math and physics teacher for urban and private schools in California and Colorado. Ian earned a B.A. in mathematics and physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a M.A. in Mathematics Education from the University of California at Berkeley. He recently earned a M.S. in Statistics in the USC Dornsife Department of Mathematics.


Professional Experience:

Ten years teaching math and physics for urban and private high schools: Denver Public Schools, San Francisco Unified, Pasadena Unified

Honors and Awards:

Recipient of the 2020 USC PhD Achievement Award

Recipient of the 2020 Student Recognition Award - The Order of Arête

Recipient of the 2019 Scholarly Consortium for Innovative Psychology for Education Graduate Student Poster Award

Recipient of the 2019 American Psychological Association Division 15 Dissertation Research Grant Award

Recipient of the 2019 Scholarly Consortium of Innovative Psychology in Education Graduate Student Poster Award

Recipient of the 2018 Richard C. Anderson Graduate Student Research Award


Selected Publications

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