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Frost, Janet

Associate Director

Health Sciences
STEM Education
Research Program

Spokane campus
412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.
P.O. Box 1495

(509) 358-7595

Curriculum Vitae


Research interests

Janet Frost conducts qualitative research on mathematics instructional practices and professional development. As the PI and co-PI in two U.S. Department of Education-funded professional development projects with middle school, high school, and college math faculty, she has focused on influences on mathematics teachers' practices and teacher change, as well as conditions for and outcomes of innovative approaches in STEM education.

Teaching/professional interests

Dr. Frost teaches mathematics education and research courses in the Mathematics and Science Education Ph.D. and Middle Level Mathematics Endorsement Programs, as well as conducting research, outreach, and professional development to support student engagement and success in the STEM pipeline and health science careers. 

Recent accomplishments

  • Frost, J.H. & Coomes, J. (2014). Increasing proficiency levels of mathematical practices. In K. Karp & A. Roth McDuffie (Eds.), 2014 Annual perspectives in mathematics education 2014: Using research to improve instruction (pp. 193-202). 
  • Frost, J.H. & Gilbert, B.J. (2014). Moving toward mindfulness: Instructional expressions of caring in mathematics education. In G. Gates (Ed.), Mindfulness for Educational Practice: A Path to Resiience for Challenging Work (pp.135-155). 
  • 2011-2013 Berry Family Fellowship, Washington State University College of Education
  • Coomes, J. (Principal Investigator), Frost, J.H., Lee, H.S., & Lindeblad, K. (Co-PIs). (2012-2015). Riverpoint Advanced Mathematics Partnership - Algebra (RAMP-A). U. S. Department of Education No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 via the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Washington Student Achievement Council.
  • Frost, J.H.(Principal Investigator), Coomes, J., Lindeblad, K. (Co-PIs)(2008-2013). Riverpoint Advanced Mathematics Partnership (RAMP) projectBuilding Capacity for College Readiness Standards (CRS) in Mathematics through 11-16 Teacher/Faculty Professional Learning Communities, U.S. Department of Education flow-through funding via the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board.
  • Coomes, J., Frost, J.H., & Lindeblad, K. K. (2012). Teachers learning through collaboration: Challenges and impacts of an inter-institutional project. 2012 NCTM Yearbook, Professional Collaborations in Mathematics Teaching and Learning. (pp.217-227)Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Frost, J.H., Coomes, J., & Lindeblad, K. (2012). Partnership without hierarchy: Postsecondary outcomes from a cross-sector mathematics collaboration. School-University Partnerships 5(2), 38-50. 
  • Frost, J.H. (2010). Looking through the lens of a teacher's life: The power of prototypical stories in understanding teachers' instructional decisions in mathematics. Teaching and Teacher Education, 26(2), 225-233. 
  • Frost, J.H., Akmal, T.T., & Kingrey, J. U. (2010). Planning teacher professional development: The struggles and successes of an inter-organizational collaboration. Professional Development in Education, 36(4), 581-595.

Educational background

  • Ph.D. Educational Specialties, University of Nevada, Reno, 2007
  • M. A. Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1980
  • B. A. Religion and Philosophy, Denison University, Granville Ohio, 1975
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