Dr. Judy Taylor

Professor of Mathematics


(903) 233-3335



Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2006
M.Ed., Texas A & M University Texarkana, 1990
B.S., East Texas Baptist University, 1976



2001 - Present Associate Professor of Mathematics
LeTourneau University
1997 - 2001 Part Time Mathematics Instructor
LeTourneau University
1997 - 2001 Part Time Mathematics Instructor
Northeast Texas Community College
1991 - 1997 Mathematics Instructor
Mt. Pleasant High School
1988 - 1991 Instructor
Northeast Texas Community College
1977 - 1982 Mathematics Teacher
Daingerfield High School, Daingerfield, Texas


Published Articles

  • Taylor, J. M. (2008). The effects of a computerized-algebra program on mathematics achievement of college and university freshmen enrolled in a developmental mathematics course. Journal of College Reading and Learning, 39, 35-53.
  • Zientek, L. R., Carter, T. A., Taylor, J. M., & Capraro, R. M. (2011). Preparing prospective teachers: An examination of attitudes toward statistics. Journal of Mathematical Sciences & Mathematics Education.
  • Taylor, J. & Rowe, B. (under 2012). Mozart effect and the mathematical connection. Journal of College Reading and Learning, 42(2), 51-66.
  • Taylor, J. M., Zientek, L. R., & Matteson, S. M. (2013). Improving achievement in trigonometry by revisiting fractions operations. Mediterranean Journal for Research in Mathematics Education


Selected Papers Submitted for Publication

  • Taylor, J. M., & Lee, J. (2006). Effective Mathematics Teaching: A Case Study of One Middle School Teacher. Paper submitted for publication to the Journal of Mathematics Education.
  • Zientek, L. R., Carter, T. A., Taylor, J. M., & Capraro, R. M. (2009). An examination of prospective teachers’ attitudes towards statistics.


Selected Presentation

  • Taylor, J. M., Capraro, R. M., & Capraro, M. M. (2004, April), Representational Models for the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics. Presented at the National Council for the Teaching of Mathematics national convention held in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Math/Science Articulation conference at Stephen F. Austin University. Finding “Fibonacci” Spring 2008
  • Coastal Council of Teachers of Math. (ME)2 By the Sea Mathematics Conference: A professional development conference for K-12 Mathematics Teachers in the Coastal Bend of Texas. I presented at this conference, June 13, 2008. I presented with ALEKS representative and shared my findings from my research.
  • Back – to – School In – Service for private school teachers. Hosted by School of Education LeTourneau University, August 2008. Finding “Fibonacci”.
  • College and Career Readiness Mathematics Cross-Institutional Collaborative Seminar in Houston, Texas January 2010.
  • Southwest Educational Research Association.(2010) I presented “Mozart Effect” and the Mathematical Connection. This paper is still in progress.
  • Southwest Educational Research Association.(2011) Presented “The Effects of Music Instruction on Mathematics Achievement Using an Integrated Music/Math Experience”
  • Southwest Educational Research Association.(2011) “Tutoring to Teach: Improving Mathematics Instruction for Preservice Teachers”
  • Southwest Educational Research Association.(2011) “Development of an Algebra Teacher Self-Efficacy Instrument”.
  • Southwest Education Research Association (2011) “Improving Achievement in Trigonometry: The Role of Fractions Operations


Current Research

  • I am researching the effect that music has on the mathematical achievement of prekindergarten students.
  • I am researching the effect that music has on the mathematical achievement of first through sixth grade students.
  • I am researching the effects of a computer algebra system has on mathematics achievement for middle school and high school students. (2013-2014)
  • Received a grant entitled Improving Mathematics Instruction and Student Learning Via Intensive Tutoring. This grant pays for the Mathematics Education students to tutor the developmental students taking intermediate algebra. The goal is to help developmental students meet their goals of successfully completing intermediate algebra while the mathematics education students gain valuable experiences in teaching. We will be developing new hands on materials to use with these students as well.
  • Development of an Algebra Teacher Efficacy Instrument, $10,000, Texas College and Career Readiness Initiative: Mathematics Faculty Collaborative. 2010-2011.
  • Algebra Teacher Efficacy Instrument Development, $2700, Baylor University Research Committee. 2010-2011.
  • Development and Dissemination of an Algebra Teacher Self-Efficacy Instrument is the title of an IES , U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences.
  • grant submitted for funding September 22, 2011 in the amount of $$1,100,232.
  • Professional Growth and Development Plan (Fall 2012): The dean of Arts and Science ask all the professors to look through their evaluations and see where we might improve even if your evaluations were high look for an area to improve. I looked through my evaluations from Fall 2012 in my Calculus class and one of my lowest scores was a 3.6 in “relating the subject to real-life situations” and decided to use that as my professional growth and development. The Fall of 2013 I did several activities to address “relating the subject to real-life situations” and when I received my evaluations from the fall I had received a 4 in that area. I will use this information to write a paper to be published.
  • I am currently working on writing a Robert Noyse grant which is a grant for scholarship money for Mathematics Education students.