Rivera, Ferdinand

Rivera, Ferdinand

Professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics


Preferred: ferdinand.rivera@sjsu.edu


Preferred: 408-924-5170

Office Hours

By appointment (email preferred)

Professor Rivera conducts research in school-based mathematical cognition, in particular, the emergence of structural thinking in children and adults. Many of his investigations also focus on ways in which individual learners employ visualization to make sense of mathematical concepts and processes. Professor Rivera and his math education and special education colleagues are implementing a teacher preparation program for the next generation of middle school and secondary mathematics teachers who model integrated instructional practices when they teach math-literacy driven performance tasks and lessons in inclusive classrooms. Professor Rivera is currently funded by the National Science Foundation to: (i) develop 21st century inclusive- and mathematical literacy-driven middle school and high school mathematics teachers: SJSU's Mathematics Integrated Teacher Preparation Program (DUE 2151134); (ii) develop virtual reality-mediated representational tools for supporting and enhancing deep mathematical understanding of linear algebra relationships (DUE 2315756); and (iii) understand CSU single subject program completers in math teacher effectiveness and retention in their first five years of full time teaching (DUE 2345187). Also, with a grant from the CSU Chancellor's Office, over the next two summers 2024 and 2025, he and his math education colleagues will provide professional development institutes for Grades 2-5 teachers of mathematics around the new 2023 California Mathematics Framework. Check out his webpage to learn more about him and his research: https://sites.google.com/sjsu.edu/ferdierivera/home.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio St Univ Main Campus, 1998
  • Postgraduate Diploma, Cultural Studies, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany, 2000