Volkan Sevim, PhD


Volkan Sevim, PhD

Program Coordinator, Mathematics
Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

Hargray Room 216
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Office: 843-208-8275
Volkan Sevim, PhD

My name is Dr. Volkan Sevim. I am an Associate Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics at USCB.  

I earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University in Turkey in 1997, and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Mathematics Education, at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa., in 2005. I earned a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Mathematics Education, at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2011.  

I began my academic career as a graduate student involved in educational research from 1999 to 2004 at Penn State. In 2003, I worked with Penn State’s College Assistance Migrant Program teaching calculus to the children of migrant workers. In 2005, I moved to the Charlotte Mecklenburg, NC, school district where I became a substitute teacher. I was appointed as a mathematics teacher for grades nine through 12 at the district’s Philip O. Berry Academy of Technology in Charlotte later that year and in 2008, I was named department chair. I went on to join the faculty of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte as a Visiting Lecturer and Teacher-in-Residence in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 2010. I was later appointed Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011.  

I joined the USCB faculty in 2015 and teach various mathematics courses including college algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, business calculus, experiential mathematics, mathematics for elementary education majors and senior year mathematics education methods courses for mathematics majors. In 2021, I was appointed Program Coordinator of Mathematics.  

My current research examines learning processes involved in the co-evolution of problem-solving and problem-posing in mathematics. I have presented my research at the annual meetings of NCTM, AERA, PME, and PME-NA.

  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Research

PhD in Curriculum and Instruction/Mathematics Education. University of North Carolina at Charlotte 2011

MEd in Curriculum and Intstruction in Mathematics Education. Pennsylvania State University 2005

BS in Mechanical Engineering. Istanbul Technical University 1997

  • MATH B101 - Experiential Mathematics
  • MATH B111 - College Algebra
  • MATH B221 - Basic Concepts of Elementary Math I
  • MATH B222 - Basic Concepts of Elementary Math II
  • MATH B241 - Mathematics for Secondary Teachers
  • EDME B430 - Teaching Mathematics in Secondary School
  • Student Understanding of Quadratic Functions
  • Co-Evolution of Problem Solving and Problem Posing in the Context of Mathematical Activity
  • Polynomial Functions of Degree Three or Higher