Faculty and Staff

Cinnamon Hillyard

Associate Professor

B.S. Mathematics, Utah State University
Ph.D. Mathematics, Utah State University

Office: UW2-222
Phone: 425-352-3169
Email: chillyard@uwb.edu
Mailing: Box 358511, 11136 NE 180th ST, Bothell, WA 98011-1713


Teaching interdisciplinary mathematics and statistics is my passion. I believe anyone can learn mathematics if explicit connections are made between the content and students' lives. I find it exciting and challenging to help students make such connections. I strive to make my courses interactive, non-threatening, and as applicable as possible. I use group work to solve problems, discuss methods, and investigate solutions. I bring in examples from the media and world around us to illustrate a problem and have students collect their own data. Critical thinking about numerical and mathematical arguments is always a primary goal in my courses.

Recent Courses Taught

BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry
BIS 329 Topics in Mathematics Across the Curriculum: Symmetry
BPOSLT 502 Statistics for Policy Studies
BCUSP 123 Functions, Models, and Quantitative Reasoning


My primary research area is undergraduate mathematics and statistics education especially the new realm of Quantitative Literacy (QL). I have studied connections between QL and other literacies, investigated ways to extend models of QL to the upper division college curriculum, analyzed math autobiographies for patterns in how students see and learn mathematics, and worked on issues surrounding assessment of QL. I am also interested in the cultural and disciplinary contexts of QL.

In addition, I work on mathematical problems in the area of numerical methods for hyperbolic conservation laws with stiff source terms. These models can be used to represent a set of problems in gas dynamics, fluid flow, and combustions including the flow of pollutants, avalanche movement, and even traffic conditions.

Selected Publications

“Math Across the Community College Curriculum: A Successful Path to Quantitative Literacy,” Cinnamon Hillyard, Jane Korey, Deann Leoni, and Rebecca Hartzler, MathAMATYC Educator, in press.
“Teaching Interdisciplinarity,” Bruce Burgett, Cinnamon Hillyard, Ron Krabill, Sarah Leadly, and Becky Rosenberg, Pedagogy, in press.
“College Students’ Attitudes about Learning in Small Groups After Frequent Participation,” Cinnamon Hillyard, Diane Gillespie, and Peter Littig, Journal of Active Learning in Higher Education, 11(1) 2010.
“Students and Teachers Learning to See: Using Visual Images in the College Classroom to Enhance the Social Context for Learning,” Nancy Place, Cinnamon Hillyard, and Elizabeth Thomas, College Teaching, Spring 2008.
“Students and Teachers Learning to See: Using Visual Images in the College Classroom to Promote Student Capacities and Skills,” Elizabeth Thomas, Nancy Place, and Cinnamon Hillyard, College Teaching, Winter 2008.
"Using Popular Culture to Teach Quantitative Reasoning," Cinnamon Hillyard, Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, March 2007.

Service to National Organizations

Chair, Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America on Quantitative Literacy (SIGMAA QL)

Secretary and Treasurer, National Numeracy Network (NNN)