Yasemin Copur-Gencturk

  • Associate Professor of Education

Research Concentration

  • Teacher Education


PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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Awards and Grants

NSF Fellow for SIARM for STEM Education Research, 2021-2023

Excellence in Research Award, USC Rossier School of Education, 2020

AERA Open Outstanding Reviewer Award, 2019

AERA-SIG Research in Mathematics Education Early Career Publication Award for article "The Effects of Changes in Mathematical Knowledge on Teaching: A Longitudinal Study of Teachers’ Knowledge and Instruction" , 2016

Courses Taught

EDUC 566: Teaching Mathematics and Science

EDUC 673: Applications of Elementary Mathematics, Science and Physical Education Curriculum and Pedagogy A

EDUC 677: Applications of Elementary Mathematics, Science and Physical Education Curriculum and Pedagogy, Part B 


Professional Affiliations and Memberships

Yasemin Copur-Gencturk is an Assistant Professor of Education in the Teacher Education concentration. Her research focuses on teacher knowledge, teaching practices and teacher development, and how these areas relate to student learning.

Before joining the Rossier faculty, Copur-Gencturk was an assistant professor of mathematics education at the University of Houston and was a postdoctoral research associate at Rice University. She earned her doctoral degree in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a focus on mathematics education. She also holds two master’s degrees in statistics and in secondary education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hacettepe University, Turkey, where she graduated summa cum laude.


NSF CAREER: Development of Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Mathematics Among Beginning Teachers.  $630, 000. Principal Investigator. 

Advancing Middle School Teachers' Understanding of Proportional Reasoning for Teaching. $1,399,982. Principal Investigator with Ben Nye, Chandra Orrill, and Al Cohen, co-principal investigators. Institue of Education Sciences.

Usable Measures of Teacher Understanding: Exploring Diagnostic Models and Topic Analysis as Tools for Assessing Proportional Reasoning for Teaching. Principal Investigator. Chandra Orrill, Al Cohen, and Jonathan Templin, co-investigators. NSF, $ 2,168,584.

Immersive Virtual Learning for Worker-Robot Teamwork on Construction Sites. Burcin Becerik-Gerber, principal investigator. Yasemin Copur-Gencturk, Lucio Soibelman, Gale Lucas, co-investigators. NSF, $ 750,000.