Linda Zientek

Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Sam Houston State University


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Linda Zientek is an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education at Sam Houston State University in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. She is an active member of the Southwest Educational Research Association (SERA) and has served as President, Program Chair, Newsletter Editor, and as an At-Large Member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Zientek currently serves as SERA Executive Director. For ten years, she was a community college mathematics instructor. Her research interests include mathematics education, the preparation of mathematics teachers, community college and P16 initiatives, and quantitative research methods. Linda has served as President of the Texas Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (TexMATYC), Conference Chair for the 2007 Southwest Regional Conference of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, Chair of the Mathematics Section of the Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA) and as a member of the TCCTA Legislative Committee, 4th Year of Mathematics Committee, and Phase I of the Texas Higher Education College Readiness Vertical Team. She currently serves as a participant of the AMATYC New Life for Developmental Education Project, and as Chair of the AMATYC Developmental Mathematics Committee (DMC). Dr. Zientek received the 2007 Teaching, Learning, and Culture Dissertation of the Year Award from Texas A&M.


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    MATH 1385, MATH 2384, MATH 3381, MATH 3386, MATH 5389, MATH 5360, CIED 7331


Editorial Board Member (2010 - present). Research in The Schools



35. Nimon, K., Zientek, L. R., & Thompson, B. (2015). Bias in squared regression structure coefficients. Frontiers in Quantitative Psychology and Measurement. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00949

34.  Zientek, L. R., Skidmore, S. T., Saxon, D. P., & Edmonson, S. (2015). Technology priorities and preferences of developmental mathematics instructors. Community College Enterprise, 21, 27-46.

33. Newell, A., Zientek, L. R., Tharp, B., Vogt, G., & Moreno, N. (2015). Students’ attitudes towards science as predictors of gains on student content knowledge: Benefits of an after-school program. School Science and Mathematics Journal, 115, 216–225.

32. Fong, C. J., Zientek, L. R., & Phelps, J. M. (2015). Between and within ethnic differences in strategic learning: A study of developmental mathematics students. Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, 18, 55-74. doi:.10.1007/s11218-014-9275-5

31. Skidmore, S. T., Zientek, L. R., Saxon, D. P., & Edmonson, S. (2014). The impact of generational status on instructor’s reported technology usage. Contemporary Educational Technology, 5, 179-197.

29. Zientek, L. R., Schneider, C., & Onwuegbuzie, A. J. (2014). Placement and success: Developmental mathematics instructors’ perceptions about their students. The Community College Enterprise, 20(1), 67-84.

28. Skidmore, S. T., Zientek, L. R., Combs, J. P., Fuller, M. B., Hirai, M., Price, D., & Moore, G. W. (2014). Empirical Reporting Practices in CCJRP and JDE from 2002 to 2011: A Systematic Review. Community College Journal of Research and Practice.

27. Zientek, L. R., Younes, R., Nimon, K., Mittag, K. C., & Taylor, S. (2013). Fractions as a foundation for algebra within a sample of prospective teachers. Research in The Schools, 20, 76-95.

26. Matteson, S. M., Zientek, L. R., & Ozel, S. (2013). Identifying what in-service teachers want in professional development experiences. Teacher Education and Practice, 26, 569-580.

25. Zientek, L. R., Yetkiner, Z. E., Fong, C., & Griffin, M. (2013). Student success in developmental mathematics courses. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 37, 990-1010.

24. Taylor, J. M., Zientek, L. R., & Matteson, S. M. (2013). Improving achievement in trigonomety by revisiting fraction operations. Mediterranean Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 12, 135-153.

23. Frels, R., Zientek, L. R. & Onwuegbuzie, A. J. (2013). Differences of mentoring experiences across grade span among principals, mentors, and mentees. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 21, 28-58.. [Winner of the 2012 Distinguished Paper Award for the Mentorship and Mentoring Practices AERA SIG]   Named to the Routledge's Class of 2015 most read articles from Rougledge journals researching Teacher and Teacher Education: Available free to view until December 31, 2015

22. Zientek, L. R., Yetkiner Ozel, Z. E., Ozel, S., & Allen, J. (2012). Reporting confidence intervals and effect sizes: Collecting the evidence. Career and Technical Education Research, 37, 277-295.

21. Kraha, K., Turner, H., Nimon, K., Zientek, L. R., & Henson, R. (2012). Tools to support Interpreting multiple regression in the face of multicollinearity. Frontiers in Quantitative Psychology and Measurement. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00044

20. Nimon, K., Zientek, L. R., & Henson, R. K. (2012). The assumption of a reliable instrument and other pitfalls to avoid when considering the reliability of data. Frontiers in Quantitative Psychology and Measurement. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00102

19. Zientek, L. R., & Yetkiner-Ozel, Z. E. (2012). Self-reported reasons developmental mathematics students provided for not completing a mathematics course during their senior year of high school. Mediterranean Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 11, 81-102.

18. Zientek, L. R., & Cory, B. (2011). Polygons. In S. J. Greenwald & J. E. Thomley (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society, 779-782. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.

17. Young, E., & Zientek, L. R. (2011). Fraction operations: An examination of prospective teachers, confidence, and bias. Investigations in Mathematics Learning, 4(1), 1-23.

16. Matteson, S. M., Swarthout, M., & Zientek, L. R. (2011). Student motivation: Perspectives from mathematics teachers.Action in Teacher Education, 33, 283-297. doi: 10.1080/01626620.2011.592123

15. Zientek, L. R., Carter, T. A., Taylor, J. M., & Capraro, R. M. (2011). Preparing Prospective Teachers: An Examination of Attitudes Toward Statistics. The Journal of Mathematical Sciences and Mathematics Education, 5, 25-38.

14. Zientek, L. R.,& Thompson, B. (2010). Using commonality analysis to quantify contributions that self-efficacy and motivational factors make in mathematics performance. Research in The Schools, 17, 1-12.

13. Zientek, L. R., Yetkiner, Z. E., & Thompson, B. (2010). Characterizing the mathematics anxiety literature using confidence intervals as a literature review mechanism. The Journal of Educational Research, 103, 424-438.

12. Zientek, L. R., & Yetkiner, Z. E. (2010). Pooled Variance. In N. J. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Research Design,1050-1052. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

11. Zientek, L. R., & Thompson, B. (2009). Matrix Summaries Improve Research Reports: Secondary Analyses Using Published Literature. Educational Researcher, 38(5), 343-352.

10. Capraro, R. M., Burlbaw, L.M., & Zientek, L. R. (2009). Content and pedagogical knowledge in Colorado teachers? Mathematics exams at the turn of the 20th century,Curriculum History 2009, 158-174.

9. Zientek, L. R., & Thompson, B. (2008). Preparing high-quality mathematics and science teachers: Are we meeting the challenge? Research in The Schools, 15, 1-19.

8. Zientek, L. R., Capraro, M. M., & Capraro, R. M. (2008). Reporting practices in quantitative teacher education research: One look at the evidence cited in the AERA panel report. Educational Researcher, 37(4), 208-216.

7. Zientek, L. R. (2008). Review of the book. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis: Understanding concepts and applications. B. Thompson, Washington, DC: American Psychologyical Association. 2004. Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 15, 729-734.

6. Zientek, L. R. (2007). Preparing high quality teachers: Views from the classroom. American Educational Research Journal: Teaching, Learning, and Human Development, 44, 959-1001.

5. Zientek, L. R., & Thompson, B. (2007). Applying the bootrstap to the multivariate case: Bootstrap factor analysis. Behavior Research Methods, 39, 318 -325.

4. Zientek, L. R., & Gann, L. (2007). College readiness vertical teams: An inside view.Texas Community College Teachers Association Messenger, XLIII, 6.

3. Zientek, L. R., & Thompson, B. (2006). Commonality analysis: Partitioning variance to facilitate better understanding of data. Journal of Early Intervention, 28, 299-307.

2. Zientek, L.R., Wahrmund, T., & Garlick, B. (2006, July). Essential components of effective certification programs. Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Update.

1. Zientek, L. R., Kadhi, T. G., & Capraro, R. M. (2005). Alternative certification programs analysis. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 9, 121-125.