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Richard A. Edwards, Ph.D.

Richard A. Edwards
  • Academic Specialist
  • Mathematics
  • Holmes Hall, E-25D
  • 919 E. Shaw Lane
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • (517) 884-3931


  • LB 492 (Senior Seminar)
  • LB 323A (Science in a Global Context)
  • MTH 490 (Directed Studies in Mathematics)
  • STT 231 (Statistics for Scientists)
  • LB 220 (Multivariable Calculus)
  • LB 119 (Calculus II)
  • LB 118 (Calculus I)
  • MTH 103 (College Algebra)


Dr. Edwards loves math, and he loves teaching math. He teaches a wide variety of undergraduate mathematics courses, as well as LB 492 (Senior Seminar) and LB 323A (Science in a Global Context). In his research, he studies the interactions between cultural forces, historical events, and mathematical developments. He enjoys teaching from primary historical documents, and telling "the stories behind the formulas" in our textbooks. Edwards is also a member of the faculty in the MSU Graduate Program in Mathematics Education, where he works with doctoral students who are interested in undergraduate mathematics education. In addition, he directs an education abroad program in which students study the history of mathematics in Florence, Paris, and London.


  • Ph.D., Mathematics Education, Michigan State University
  • Master of Arts, Mathematics, Cleveland State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Integrated Mathematics Education, Ashland University


  • 2020 Redesigning, Evaluating, and Assessing Creativity Tasks (REACT) Calculus Fellow - Creativity Research Group
  • 2018 Study Abroad Program Development Grant ($10,000) ACCENT International
  • 2012 University Distinguished Fellowship ($25,000 annually for four years) College of Natural Science - Michigan State University
  • 2010 Lewis Educational Research and Educational Collaborative Grant ($10,000) - NASA Glenn Research Center


  • TRansforming Instruction in Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Historical Sources (TRIUMPHS). Principle Investigator: Kathleen Clark (Florida State University). Site tester/curriculum designer. Designing and testing mathematics curriculum based on primary historical sources and collecting student data.
  • Quantitative Literacy Project, Michigan State University. Principle Investigator: Dr. Vince Melfi. Research Assistant/Curriculum Designer. Leading an interdisciplinary team of graduate students to design, write, and implement two new quantitative literacy courses for non-STEM majors at a large research institution.
  • Connected Mathematics Project (Third Edition). Michigan State University. Authors: G. Lappan, E.D. Phillips, J.T. Fey & S.N. Friel. Developmental Assistant. Revising and developing middle school mathematics textbooks, designing appropriate assessments, creating educational videos for Pearson Educational Corporation.  
  • Preparing to Teach Algebra (PTA) Project. Michigan State University. Principal Investigator: Dr. Sharon Senk. Research Assistant. Data analysis, data coding, development of theoretical framework, transcription of interviews for a large-scale assessment of algebra teacher preparation across multiple colleges and universities.


  • Hirt, S., Foster, L., Saunders, J.D., and Edwards, R.A. (June 2020). Calibration and Uncertainty of the NASA Glenn Research Center 12 in. and 10 in. Mass-Flow Plugs. Technical Report. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH.
    Edwards, R.A. and Komosinski, B. (In Press). Tetration: Iterated Enjoyment. The College Mathematics Journal.
  • Edwards, R.A. and Savoie, M. (January, 2020). A Mathematical History Tour: Reflections on a Study Abroad Program. Convergence, Retrieved from https://www.maa.org/press/periodicals/convergence/a-mathematical-history-tour-reflections-on-a-study-abroad-program.
  • Edwards, R.A., Satyam, V., & Melfi, V. (2019). “Yes, but is it rigorous? Similarities Between a Quantitative Literacy Course and Transitions to Formal Mathematics" in Kiraali, G., Piercey, V., and Tunstall, L. (Eds.) Shifting Contexts, Stable Core: Advancing Quantitative Literacy in Higher Education (pp. 115-127). Mathematical Association of America.
  • Edwards, R. A. (2016). Permutations, Combinations, and Circular Seating Arrangements. Mathematics Teacher, 110(3), 232-236.
  • Tunstall, S. L., Melfi, V., Craig, J., Edwards, R.A., Krause, A., Wassink, B., & Piercey, V. (2016). Quantitative Literacy at Michigan State University, 3: Designing General Education Mathematics Courses. Numeracy, 9(2), 6.


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