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Helen Burn

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Highline Community College
MS 18-1
2400 S. 240th Street
Des Moines, WA 98198-9800

Helen Burn

Mathematics Professor and Director of the Curriculm Research Group at Highline College

Helen Burn is faculty member in the department of mathematics and director of the Curriculum Research Group at Highline College where she has served as chair of the Pure and Applied Sciences Division and mathematics department coordinator. Her research, service, and leadership center on improving student success in the two-year college mathematics curriculum through redesigning curriculum, improving the mathematics placement process, and tailoring curriculum to special student populations including students in applied baccalaureate programs and the partner disciplines to mathematics. Burn served as mathematics consultant to the two-year college research team on Characteristics of Successful Program in College Calculus (NSF DUE 0910240, 2010-2016) and was Co-PI for The Math You Need, When You Need (NSF DUE-0920800/0920583, 2006-2013). She is co-chair of the Washington State Math Pathways to Completion Taskforce and member of the Mathematical Association of America’s Committee on Undergraduate Programs in Mathematics. In 2014, she received the Washington State Two-Year College Mathematics Education Reform Award. Dr. Burn is a PI on the NSF Collaborative Research Grant: Transitioning Learners to Calculus in Community Colleges (TLC3).


  • Ph.D., Higher Education, University of Michigan Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education
  • M.S., Mathematics, Western Washington University
  • B.S., Mathematics, Evergreen State College


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