Jess Ellis Hagman

Assistant Professor

Department of Mathematics

Colorado State University, Fort Collins

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I am a math professor at Colorado State University and my research is in undergraduate mathematics education (RUME). I study precalculus and calculus programs across the US, and am particularly interested in learning how to support mathematics departments to take ownership of improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in these courses.

In addition to my work, I love trail running, open water swimming, biking, climbing, skiing, packrafting, gardening, hanging out with all the animals at my house (dog, cats, chickens, turkeys), and traveling to new places.

Colorado State Student Chapter of the AWM

I am very happy to be the faculty sponser of the CSU Student Chapter of the Association of Women in Mathematics. Please email for more info.  

News, Media, and Video

Colorado School of Mines, AMS Colloquium; May 5, 2017

TEDx CSM, "The Breakdown of Women in STEM"; April 6, 2017

The Huffington Post, "This Popular Math Class Is At The Heart Of The STEM Gender Gap, Study Suggests" by Dominique Mosbergen; August 4, 2016

Vocativ, "The Math Problem Diverting Women Out Of STEM Careers" by Allee Manning; August 2, 2016

Science Careers, "Low math confidence discourages female students from pursuing STEM disciplines" by Maggie Kuo; July 22, 2016

U.S. News, "Calculus Steers Women Away From STEM" by Lauren Camera; July 21, 2016

Arizona Public Media, "Study: College Calculus Deters Women from STEM fields" by Melissa Sevignu; July 18, 2018

Washington Post, "Calculus apprehensions may steer women away from science careers" by Rachel Feltman; July 14, 2016

Denver Business Journal, "Why do women students drop out of STEM majors? New study pinpoints a culprit" by Caitlin Hendee; July 14, 2016

Source, "Calculus I factors women out of STEM degrees, researchers find" by Katie Courage; July 13

Arkansas Online, "Calculus class kicking women off career path, expert says" by Jaime Adame; April 3, 2016

Selected  Publications

Hagman, J.E. (2019). The 8th Characteristic for Successful Calculus Programs: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Practices. Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies (PRIMUS). Published online June 27, 2019.

Rasmussen, C., Apkarian, N., Hagman, J., Johnson, E., Larsen, S., & Bressoud, D. (2019). Characteristics of Precalculus Through Calculus 2 Programs: Insights From a National Census Survey. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 50(1), 98-112.

Hagman, J.E., Johnson, E., & Fosdick, B. (2017). Factors Contributing to Experiencing a Lack of Time in College Calculus. International Journal of STEM Education, 4(12). DOI 10.1186/s40594-017-0070-7

Zandieh, M., (Hagman) Ellis, J., & Rasmussen, C. (2016). Student Concept Images of Function and Linear Transformation. C. Educ Stud Math. doi:10.1007/s10649-016-9737-0

(Hagman) Ellis, J., Fosdick, B.K., Rasmussen, C. (2016). Women 1.5 Times More Likely to Leave STEM Pipeline after Calculus Compared to Men: Lack of Mathematical Confidence a Potential Culprit. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0157447. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0157447

Johnson, E., (Hagman) Ellis, J., & Rasmussen, C. (2015). It's About Time: The Relationships between Coverage and Instructional Practices in College Calculus. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 1-14.

(Hagman) Ellis, J., Hanson, K., Nuñez, G., & Rasmussen, R. (2015). Beyond Plug and Chug: an Analysis of Calculus I Homework. International Journal of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education. DOI 10.1007/s40753-015-0012-z

(Hagman) Ellis, J., Kelton, M., & Rasmussen, C. (2014). Student perception of pedagogy and persistence in calculus. ZDM. 46 (4)., pp. 661-673.

Seminars and Workshops

MPWR: Mentoring and Partnerships for Women in RUME (Research in Undergradaute Mathematics Education) is a seminar that I helped create, organize, and run in February 2014, 2015, 2016,  2017, 2018, and 2019. We recieved NSF funding (THANK YOU!) for three more years of this awesome event. MPWR 2020 will be happening in Boston, MA on Wednesday February 26, 2020. Please visit the website for more info!

The Academy of Inquiry Based Learning is an organization that runs a workshop for college mathematics instructors around using active learning. I am very happy to be a part of their summer workshops, and worked on the equity team in 2019, designing materials to support IBL workshops in attending to equity and inclusion within an IBL class.