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Sarah Selmer, EdD

Associate Professor

Professional Highlights

  • Research emphasis on teacher's responsive noticing of student mathematical thinking
  • Completed a Fulbright specialist program in Lesotho, Africa (Summer 2023)
  • Department Editor for Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12


  • Ed.D., Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, West Virginia University
  • MAT, Master of Arts (Mathematics and Computer Science Education), Oregon State
  • B.S., Bachelor of Science in Finance and Management, University of Oregon

Areas of Expertise

  • Mathematics teacher education

Research Interests

  • Professional noticing of students mathematical thinking
  • Practice based mathematics teacher education
  • Responsive mathematics teaching

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Sarah Selmer is an associate professor of mathematics education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at WVU. More recently, Dr. Selmer had the opportunity to live in Stellenbosch, South Africa where she participated in a sabbatical with a colleague at the University of Stellenbosch. Dr. Selmer is a current Fulbright Specialist where she pursues her interests in mathematics education through international collaborations.

Dr. Selmer’s teaching interests focus on the development of elementary and middle grade mathematics teachers. Her research interests include elementary teachers’ noticing and sensemaking of students’ mathematical thinking, the development of responsive teaching practices and the study of practice-based teacher education.

Courses Taught:

  • C&I 431: Elementary Mathematics Methods
  • C&I 230: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 1
  • C&I 231: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 2
  • C&I 688: Classroom Management

Following earning her undergraduate degree in finance at the University of Oregon, Dr. Selmer was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the country of Mauritania. After her service in the Peace Corps, she pursued a master’s degree from Oregon State University and was licensed to teach high school mathematics and computer science in the state of Oregon. She taught in a high school setting for nine years prior to moving to West Virginia where she pursued her doctorate in curriculum and instruction.