Robin A. Ward is originally from Newtown Square, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. She received a B.A. in math/physics from Immaculata College in 1986 and, upon graduating, worked as an aerospace engineer for General Electric in Valley Forge, PA. While working for GE, she attended Villanova University and received a M.A. in mathematics in 1989. After working in the corporate world for seven years, Robin developed a strong interest in working in academia. Thus, in 1993, she began a doctoral program in mathematics education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, and received her Ph.D. in 1997.
Since then, Robin has worked as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the Mathematics Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, and as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education in the College of Education at the University of Arizona. Robin is now a Clinical Assistant Professor of Mathematics and the Director of Curriculum Integration at the Rice University School Mathematics Project.
Robin is an enthusiastic advocate and supporter of using the visual arts in the teaching of mathematics and the vast majority of her research, professional development, and writing reflects this passion. Her book, Math + Art = Fun: Activities for Discovering Mathematical Magic in Modern Art, provides children with the opportunity to put on their “math goggles’ and to look for mathematics using the visual arts as a lens. View her contributions to websites and a sample lesson plan on the RUSMP Visual Arts Integration Resources page.
Robin has written numerous articles and book chapters on the topic of using children’s literature in the teaching of K-8 mathematics. She is the author of the following teacher resource books on using children’s literature in the K-8 mathematics classroom:
Numeracy and Literacy: Teaching K-8 Mathematics Using Children's Literature (ADP Productions, 2006).
Literature-Based Activities Integrating Mathematics with Other Content Areas (Grades K-2) (Allyn & Bacon/Pearson, 2008).
Literature-Based Activities Integrating Mathematics with Other Content Areas (Grades 3-5) (Allyn & Bacon/Pearson, 2008).
Literature-Based Activities Integrating Mathematics with Other Content Areas (Grades 6-8) (Allyn & Bacon/Pearson, 2008).
Robin is also the author of a colorful counting book titled Count on Rice Fun Facts from 1 to 12 that was recently published and is filled with fun facts and history about Rice University.
Robin currently resides in Fort Worth, TX and is married to Chris DelConte, Director of Athletics at Texas Christian University. They have two daughters, Sienna and Sophia Arabella.