Dr. Kimberly Smith-Burton

Professor of Mathematics Education

Dr. Kimberly Smith Burton is a tenured Professor of Mathematics Education in the College of Education at Fayetteville State University. She is the former Interim Associate Dean for the College of Education and Department Chair in the Department of Middle Grades, Secondary and Specialized Subjects.  Currently, she serves as the Project Director and Principle Investigator of the HBCU Master's STEM Program a U.S. Department of Education grant.

 She has a long history with P-16 education which dates back to her days as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow at North Carolina Central University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Teaching.  She received a Masters of Arts in Mathematics Teaching from Fayetteville State University, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from North Carolina State University.  

She served as the Director of the Mathematics/Science Education Center here at Fayetteville State University.  Prior to becoming the Director of the Math/Science Education Center, she served as the Interim Department Chair of Middle Grades, Secondary and Special Education, the Middle Grades/Secondary Education Coordinator, Mathematics Education Coordinator and Associate Regional Director for the Coastal Rural Systemic Initiative (National Science Foundation Grant).  She also served as the PRAXIS Coordinator and Title III Activity Director for the School of Education.  One of her most distinguished honors was beingnamed the 2006-2007 Fayetteville State University Teacher of the Year.  She has received funding for several grants such as the NC QUEST grant, NC Biotechnology Workshop grant, United Way grant, NSF HBCU-UP grant and NSF Noyce Scholarship Grant. Her areas of emphasis include test preparation, modeling for pre-service teachers, in-service teacher professional development, using standards-based and practice-based teaching strategies to teach mathematics and increasing achievement in a middle/high school by changing the culture and environment.