Carolyn Gardner-Thomas, PhD

Assistant Director, Mathematics for Teaching Program, Harvard Extension School

Dr. Carolyn Gardner-Thomas, PhD, is the assistant director of the Mathematics for Teaching Program at the Harvard Extension School, where she serves as a research advisor. She is also the director of the STEM Ambassadors Program (STEM AP) at University of Massachusetts (UMass), Amherst, and lectures in mathematics education at both Harvard University and UMass Amherst. Gardner-Thomas earned her PhD in mathematics, science, and learning technologies education at UMass Amherst, with a focus on STEM identity construction through mathematics teacher noticing. She holds a master's degree in mathematics and education from Smith College, and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from UMass, Amherst. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree, Gardner-Thomas taught college and high school mathematics for more than 15 years, worked as an administrator at the UMass STEM Diversity Institute and Holyoke Community College's STEM Starter Academy, was a teacher licensure/placement coordinator at Mount Holyoke College, and worked as a chemical engineer in fuel cells development in New York.


  • PhD University of Massachusetts, Amherst