Dr. Celia Cruz is a Doctoral Lecturer who has a joint appointment in both the Department of Mathematics and Middle and High School Education (MHSE) at Lehman College, CUNY. She teaches pure mathematics and mathematics pedagogy courses both for the undergraduate and graduate level. She serves as co-coordinator and co-adviser for the Graduate Mathematics Education program (MHSE) and as the adviser for the MA Mathematics and Instruction program at the Department of Mathematics. She also coordinates the Algebra for All Micro-credential program at Lehman College. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education program, Major in Mathematics at De La Salle University, Philippines. Her dissertation investigated the effects of a Constructivist-Based Teaching Approach on Students’ Conceptual Understanding of Introductory Calculus.
Dr. Cruz is currently engaged in research related to teachers’ beliefs and practices in teaching and learning mathematics and on exploring constructivist- based models for teaching mathematics. She is also interested in investigating literacy connections on mathematics learning.
Dr. Cruz has written and contributed to published textbooks and instructional materials in the Philippines and was acknowledged by Pearson for her contribution as reviewer of the 14th edition of Elementary Statistics by Triola. She also served as a speaker and resource person on several national, regional and local conferences, workshops on mathematics education and review sessions for licensure exams. She participated in the peer- review of journal articles for Journal for Multicultural Education, and Mathematics Teacher Educator.
Prior to becoming a faculty at Lehman College, Dr. Cruz was a Full Professor at Philippine Normal University for 19 years, and a Mathematics 7-12 teacher in the Bronx for 11 years, three years of which she served concurrently as an adjunct faculty at Lehman College. She was also a Math for America (MfA) master teacher for five years.