Julie Nurnberger-Haag

Julie Nurnberger-Haag

College of EHHS
Assistant Professor
Office Location:
401C White Hall
Contact Information


Dr. Nurnberger-Haag is a mathematics educator and learning scientist who is passionate about helping all people, from birth to adult, learn mathematics and be confident about their mathematical abilities. She has spent considerable time teaching in schools and colleges as well as leading teacher professional development. Her classroom teaching experience guides her research on students’ mathematical cognition, which currently focuses on topics of negative numbers, whole numbers, and geometric shapes. She primarily uses theoretical perspectives from embodied cognition to analyze how existing formal and informal instructional models influence learning. Dr. Nurnberger-Haag also uses these results to design instructional models that better align with mathematics and how humans think. She plans her studies to be as relevant to real classroom practice as possible to serve the goal of making a difference for current teachers and students.

You can learn more about Dr. Nurnberger-Haag's research on mathematics in children's picture books by listening to the following podcasts:

   Math Ed Podcast Episode 1619 (Children's Books about Shapes)
   Math Ed Podcast Episode 1509 (Children's Books about Numbers)


Mathematics Education, Embodied Cognition, Embodied Mathematics, Children's Books for Mathematics, Manipulative Use and Big Body Movement

Research Methods

Mixed Methods, Quantitative, Qualitative including Qualitative Typology


  • University Research Council Research/Scholarly Activity Support Kent State University (2018-2019) [$3,500, Project Title: Embodied cognition, cognitive control, and elementary math tools: Connecting cognitive science and mathematics instruction]
  • EHHS SEED Grant ($5,000), College of Education, Health & Human Services, Kent State University (2018-2020) [$5,000, Project Title: Pushing the field in a positive direction to improve integer arithmetic learning.]
  • University Research Council Academic Year Research Appointment, Kent State University (Fall 2018)
  • Service Teaching and Research in Mathematics Education (STaR) Fellow (2016-2017)