Brianna Kurtz is an associate professor of mathematics at Piedmont Virginia Community College. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics education at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests focus on issues of global and international education within mathematics and statistics, particularly in the recovery of education after interruption due to natural disasters. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Kurtz was a mathematics and statistics instructor for over a decade at Daytona State College. Dr. Kurtz holds an M.S. in mathematics with focuses in applied mathematics and statistics from the University of Nevada, Reno and a B.S. in engineering sciences from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Kurtz has a variety of experiences in the international sector, having presented her research on three continents on issues regarding mathematics and statistics education. A Fulbright-Hays program participant, Dr. Kurtz traveled to Botswana and Namibia to investigate the meaningful integration of statistical information across the curriculum in government schools. She has received specialized training in international diplomacy through the United Nations Intensive Summer Institute, sponsored by UNA-USA and Seton Hall University. Dr. Kurtz is a two-time recipient of a TriO Excellence in Instruction award for her work with first-generation college students and served as the co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation Grant to fund underrepresented populations in their first two years of their collegiate STEM field pursuits. Her publications can be found in state and international journals, for both researchers and practitioners of mathematics. When taking a break from the world of education, Dr. Kurtz is an avid triathlete and musician.