Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Dr. William McGalliard
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education
Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Greensboro
Interest Areas: Mathematics Education
Office: WCM 123
Dr. William A. McGalliard, III grew up in western North Carolina and graduated from Watauga High School in Boone, NC in 1995. He attended Appalachian State University located in the same city and graduated cum laude in May 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and statistics. He continued his studies in statistics as a full time graduate student at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC where he obtained a Masters of Science in statistics and operations research in December of 2001. While there he worked as a graduate industrial trainee at SAS Institute, where he was a software tester for their data mining software package.
Upon graduation, Bill returned to Appalachian State University as adjunct faculty for three years in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, teaching statistics, college algebra, and introductory mathematics. He then transferred to the Department of Economics working for an additional two years, teaching a series of business statistics classes. To deepen his teaching background he became a teacher at West Caldwell High School in Lenoir, NC. While there, he taught Algebra I, Advanced Functions and Modeling, and a Special Topics class. During the summers of 2007 through 2009, Bill was an instructor at the Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics program at Appalachian State University. This was a summer program intended for gifted high school students. Here he taught a research class for students considering becoming mathematics teachers.
Bill then returned to graduate school full time at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the fall of 2008 to pursue a doctoral degree in mathematics education. He worked as a graduate research assistant on various projects throughout his studies, including the “New Vision Teaching Experiment,” a five-day teaching experiment conducted in a mathematics and science magnet school in North Carolina that investigated the mathematical reasoning abilities of fifth grade students. Most recently he worked on the “On Track-Learn Math” project. This was a two-year a longitudinal study aimed at developing the mathematical reasoning of students in the third to fifth grades through after school enrichment programs. It also provided professional development opportunities for teachers. From this work, Bill co-authored papers and presented at national and state conferences. In addition, he served as a graduate teaching assistant where he taught mathematics methods for elementary and middle grades and assisted with the instruction of mathematics methods for secondary education. Furthermore, as a teaching assistant, part of his duties entailed the supervision of secondary student teachers as well alternative certification teachers.