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College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Profile

 Costner, Beth   Name:  Beth Costner 
Title:  Associate Dean for Teacher Education Programs, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics 
Ph.D., Mathematics Education, Ohio State University
M.S., Middle School Mathematics Education, University of Kentucky
B.S., Secondary Mathematics, University of Kentucky
Office:  210 Kinard Hall  
Phone:  803/323-4186 
Mathematics Education

Dr. Costner completed her undergraduate degree and became a classroom teacher in 1992. After teaching middle school mathematics for six years, she focused her efforts on working with prospective teachers in mathematics content courses and joined the Winthrop faculty in 2001. She served as chair of the Department of Mathematics from 2008 to 2013 and became an Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2011. Her professional work is centered supporting the needs of the department, preparing teachers for the content demands of the classroom, leading college assessment initiatives, and coordinating teacher education efforts in the college. As one of the principle investigators of the Winthrop Initiative for STEM Education (WISE) Program, Costner is working to recruit, retain, and support teachers in mathematics and science that are willing to teach in high-need schools.

A native of Kentucky, Costner and her husband, also a Winthrop faculty member, now live in York County. Since both are mathematics educators, they find much of their time is spent talking about mathematics and education with free time focused on travel and family.

Dr. Costner has a second office in Bancroft 150, where her phone extension is 4568.