Center for Teaching and Learning

Advances in Higher Education Research Seminar

This seminar series highlights original research in college-level learning and instruction. Multidisciplinary in scope, each seminar addresses the broad themes of our work as instructors, including the cognitive processes by which students learn, and the classroom context in which they do so.

All seminars are free and open to the public. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and opportunities for discussion.

Autumn quarter seminars

Against the Odds: Insights From a Statistician With Dyscalculia


  • Katherine Lewis, associate professor, UW College of Education
  • Dylan Lynn, statistician and researcher based in Seattle

Tuesday, Nov. 19

2:30-3:20 p.m., OUG 220

Mathematics is a gatekeeper—one that often prevents students with dyscalculia from pursuing academic and career paths in STEM fields. Unfortunately, research on dyscalculia has focused exclusively on young students’ difficulties with basic arithmetic and adopted a deficit model of the student, rather than addressing the lack of accessibility inherent in traditional mathematics teaching.

In this talk, Prof. Lewis and Ms. Lynn offer an alternative vantage point to the prevailing deficit notions about dyscalculia. They explore how Ms. Lynn—a statistician with dyscalculia—navigated structural barriers as an undergraduate mathematics student at UC Berkeley, and the compensatory strategies she used to address issues of access. Based on this experience, Lewis and Lynn offer recommendations for tools and instructional approaches that may be beneficial for students with dyscalculia.

Katherine Lewis, associate professor, UW College of EducationKatherine Lewis is an associate professor at UW College of Education who is dedicated to making mathematics accessible to students. Prof. Lewis adopts a disability studies approach in her research, which holds that individuals are not disabled by their physical, sensory, or neurological differences, but by inaccessible spaces and contexts. Her work focuses on the ways students’ unconventional understanding and use of mathematical representations results in issues of mathematics access.


Dylan Lynn, statistician, former data analyst, math tutor, and researcher based in SeattleDylan Lynn is a statistician, former data analyst, math tutor, and researcher based in the Seattle area.

Winter quarter seminars

Linguistic and Racial Justice for English Learners/Multilingual Students in Higher Education

Speaker: Manka Varghese, professor, UW College of Education

Tuesday, Jan. 21

2:30-3:20 p.m., OUG 220

RSVP for the Jan. 21 seminar


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