Dr. Sarah Roller Dyess

Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction


301 Sparkman Drive
Roberts Hall
Room 311
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy, Michigan State University, 2015
  • M.A., School Principalship, Central Michigan University, 2008
  • B.S., Elementary Education, Central Michigan University, 2004

Honors & Awards

  • Assistant Professor: UAH College of Education Outstanding Faculty Award (2019)
  • Assistant Professor: AMTE Mathematics Education "Service, Teaching, and Research" (STaR) Fellow (2016)
  • Graduate Student: The Carol and Michael LeMense Family Endowed Graduate Fellowship (2014)
  • Graduate Student: MSU College of Education Doctoral Fellowship (2009, 2010)
  • Graduate Student: Harry and Margaret Towsley Center for Science and Mathematics Teachers Scholarship (2009)
  • Undergraduate Student: CMU Mathematics Department Whitmore Award for Excellence in Mathematics Elementary Education
  • Undergraduate Student: Student of the Month, Central Michigan University
  • Undergraduate Student: CMU Teacher Education Department Lee R. Lyons Prize Scholarship
  • Undergraduate Student: CMU Mathematics Department Whitmore and Richtmeyer Scholarship


  • Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE)
  • Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators of Alabama (AMTEA)
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ACTM)
  • Alabama Mathematics Leadership Alliance (AMLA)
  • Leadership in Mathematics Education (NCSM, 2018-2019)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE, 2016-2019) North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA, 2015, 2018)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA, 2015-2016)
  • Division K: Teaching and Teacher Education
  • SIG: Research in Mathematics Education


  • Teacher preparation and mentoring practices
  • Research-based instructional strategies for teaching mathematics education
  • Development of prospective/ practicing teachers

Recent Publications

  • Roller, S. A. , & Plank, C. (in preparation). Envisioning Instructional Routines in K-2 Mathematics. Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12.

  • Lampley, S. A., Roller, S. A ., Benfield, M. P. J., Davis, A. M., Gholston, S. E., Dillihunt, M. L., & Turner, M. W. (under revision). Understanding the perception of engineering in early elementary students.

  • Roller, S. A. (revise & resubmit in progress). Exploring the quality and focus of mentoring conversations. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning.

  • Slate Young, E., & Roller, S. A. (revise & resubmit under review). Supporting prospective teachers in problem solving: Incorporating mindset messaging to overcome math anxiety. Mathematics Teacher Educator.

  • Hamilton, F. A., Hile, K. A., Skelley, D. L., Roller, S. A ., Lampley, S. A., & Slate Young, E. (accepted). Exploring students’ perceptions of collaboration and critical thinking skills following an escape room experience. The Journal of Campus Activities Practice and Scholarship.

  • Roller, S. A ., Lampley, S. A., Dillihunt, M. L., Benfield, M. P. J., Gholston, S. E., Turner, M. W., & Davis, A. M. (2020). Development and initial validation of the Student Interest and Choice in STEM (SIC-STEM) Survey 2.0 instrument for assessment of the social cognitive career theory constructs. Journal of Science Education and Technology. 29(5) 646-657. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10956-020-09843-7.

  • Marin, K. A., Roller, S. A., & Cunningham, E. P. (2020). Using photographs and learning trajectories to enhance teacher noticing to support formative assessment. In C. Martin, D. Polly, R. Lambert (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Formative Assessment in PreK through Elementary Classrooms (pp. 134-149). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

  • Roller, S. A., Cunningham, E. P., & Marin, K. A. (2019). Photographs and learning progressions: Supports for intentional assessment and instruction in mathematics. Young Children. 74(3), 26-32.

  • Roller, S. A. (2019). Preparing teachers of mathematics with a math work station project. Supplemental Materials for AMTE Standards. Raleigh, NC: Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. Retrieved from: https://amte.net/sptm/supp/work-station-project

  • Roller, S. A., Cunningham, E. P., & Marin, K. A. (2019). Capturing disappearing data and strategy development. Teaching Childen Mathematics. 25(6) 382-383.