Shira Viel
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Mathematics

I work primarily in introductory undergraduate mathematics education, including teaching, research, coordination, curriculum development, and assessment. I am devoted to making math as welcoming and inclusive as possible. I was a Teaching for Equity fellow during the 2020-2021 academic year, and am a current member of the Inclusive Assessment and Transformative Learning Faculty Learning Communities. I am also the Lead Organizer, alongside Scientific Coordinator Lillian Pierce, for hosting GROW at Duke in Fall 2022 and 2023, aimed at women and non-binary undergraduate students who may be interested in pursuing a degree in the mathematical sciences. See

Current Research Interests

My current research is focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning introductory undergraduate mathematics. Ongoing projects include:
  • Investigating the impact of class format, policies, and modes of assessment and grading on Calculus  students' mathematical attitudes and perceptions, including test anxiety (IRB Protocol 2020-0068)
  • Understanding students' senses of community and self-efficacy in introductory quantitative science courses, and the relationship between community and teaching practices (IRB Protocol 2021-0050)
  • Assessing the efficacy of math graduate student teacher training programs in terms of teaching knowledge, preparedness, and practice (IRB Protocol 2022-0065)
Other research interests are drawn from my training in algebraic combinatorics, including my dissertation work on surface and orbifold models of cluster algebras.

Office Hours

I am always happy to schedule an appointment by email!

Fall 2021 Office Hours  (please drop in)
  • Mondays 2PM-3PM, Physics 128
  • Wednesdays 2PM-3PM, Physics 130
  • Fridays 10AM-12PM on Zoom (email me for link)
I am also available Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:45-10:15AM in Social Sciences 139, between my two Math 111L lectures.

Spring 2022 Office Hours  (please drop in)

Current Appointments & Affiliations

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