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Joan M. ZoellnerPhone: 682.478.5247

Dana Center Role

Joan develops curricula for the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways, a transformative redesign to modernize entry-level college mathematics programs through working with states, systems, universities, and colleges. She leads the development of co-requisite materials for DCMP’s Quantitative Reasoning course. In addition, Joan develops and facilitates online professional training sessions and represents the DCMP at workshops and conferences.

Before Joining the Dana Center

Joan taught at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, serving as an adjunct instructor, tenure-track instructor, and professor. During her time at Clark, she taught a range of precollege math courses, College Algebra, College Trigonometry, Math in Society (quantitative reasoning), Finite Math, and Calculus I, II, and III. Joan created and taught several workshops and a 10-week professional development course in how to incorporate active learning in community college classes, served on several campus-wide committees, and acted as department scheduler.


M.A., Mathematics, Indiana University, Bloomington

B.A., Mathematics, Humboldt State University

Codeveloped and Cofacilitated Professional Learning

Deepening student understanding: Promoting effective student discourse through active and collaborative learning (Focused Online Collaborative Interactions series)

What’s all this fuss about growth mindset and other psychological factors? (online webinar)

Selected Presentations

Strategies and resources for implementing and improving math pathways. Presented at the Washington State Student Success Institute, Seattle, WA (October 2018).

Are we compromising higher ed values? Presented at Clark College’s Focus on Learning: Guided Pathways meeting, Vancouver, WA (March 2017).

Active learning tools that you can use on Monday. Presented at the National Association for Developmental Education annual conference, Anaheim, CA (March 2016).

Teaching and research at the community college. Presented at the University of Portland’s Mathematics Colloquium, Portland, OR (November 2015).

Guided inquiry in mathematics. Presented at the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges 40th annual conference, Nashville, TN (November 2014).