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Joanne Caniglia, Ph.D.

College of EHHS
Office Location:
401H White Hall
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Joanne Caniglia earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics at John Carroll University and her masters in mathematics at Youngstown State University. She was a secondary teacher and department chair in Niles and Akron, Ohio for 12 years and spent time as a graduate researcher at Kent State University where she received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics Education. She taught for 14 years at Eastern Michigan University where she was Professor of Mathematics Education. While there she was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Governor's Award for Distinguished Teaching. Her research activities include creating meaningful mathematical tasks to assist secondary and special education students. She is a PI and Co-PI for many National Science Foundation and Board of Regents initiatives.


B.A. in Mathematics, John Carroll University, M.A. in Mathematics, Youngstown State University, Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Mathematics Education emphasis, Kent State University


Mathematics Education, Minority Students, Professional Development, Special Education, Underrepresented Population in STEM, Mathematics and special education, How mathematics and education come together to support students with disabilities learn mathematics, Making mathematics accessible to all students

Research Methods

Qualitative Research


  • Kent State, Faculty that Make a Difference, 2017
  • Volunteer of the Year, PROJECT LEARN, 2015
  • VISA, Innovative Educator Award, October, 2013
  • Finalist, Akron Board of Education, Service Award 2010
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Eastern Michigan University, Governor's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Eastern Michigan University