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Nell Cobb

  • Professor Emerita
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  • Emeritus Faculty
  • (773) 325-2644
  • 2247 N. Halsted St.
    Office 367
    Chicago, IL 60614​​

Nell Cobb is responsible for teaching middle and elementary mathematics education courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Cobb also teaches elementary and secondary capstone education courses for student teachers. In the College of Health and Sciences – Mathematical Sciences Department, Cobb teaches the mathematics content courses for elementary and middle level teachers. She also serves on several university, college, and professional committees. Cobb is currently chairperson of the University Athletics Board.

During the summers, Cobb coordinates a STEM camp for middle school girls. Cobb has coordinated the Algebra Project Teacher Resource Materials Team (funded by NSF-DRK12 grants). She has organized a number of Algebra Project Professional Development Institutes.

Cobb has presented at several national and international conferences on teaching children who are performing in the lower quartile. She has published book chapters and articles in the areas of mathematics teacher competencies, reflective teaching, and general mathematics education.

  • EdD, Illinois State University
  • MA, DePaul University
  • BA, Northeastern Illinois University
  • BS, Eastern Illinois University
Courses Taught
  • MAT 110 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
  • MAT 111 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
  • EE 333 Teaching and Learning Elementary School Mathematics
  • EE 384 Capstone in Elementary Education
  • T&L 416 Teaching and Learning Elementary School Mathematics

Research Interests

  • The effects of elementary mathematics programs on low achieving students; understanding the effects of teacher competencies in mathematics teaching and learning; the exploration of STEM experiences in the summer for middle school girls.

Selected Publications

  • Grant, M., Crombie, W., Enderson, M., and Cobb, N. (2015). Polynomial Calculus: Rethinking the Role of Calculus in High School. The International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology.


  • Cobb, N. (September, 2014). STEM Education and employment for African Americans. Presented on a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Panel for STEM Education (Washington DC).