Texas Tech University

Kristopher J. Childs, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Curriculum and Instruction

Email: kristopher.childs@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-6873

Office: Education 267

Kristopher J. Childs is an Assistant Professor of STEM Education within Global PRiSE in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Tech University.  He earned his doctorate in Mathematics Education from the University of Central Florida.  Dr. Childs has previously worked as a classroom teacher in Central Florida and was a Special Teachers Are Rewarded (STAR) recipient.

Dr. Childs is currently researching the indicators of ambitious mathematics instruction in classroom practices that maximize students’ opportunities to learn mathematics.  Through this research he has reviewed and analyzed classroom video observation’s using the Instructional Quality Assessment (IQA) Classroom Observation Tool.  The IQA has allowed him to focus on cognitively challenging tasks, task implementation, and students’ opportunities to explain their thinking and reasoning during discussions.  


Kristopher Childs


  • Ph.D., 2013, University of Central Florida – Mathematics Education
  • M.S., 2007, Nova Southeastern University – Mathematics Education
  • B.S., 2004, Florida A&M University – Computer Engineer

Areas of Expertise

  • Developing Teachers Mathematical Content Knowledge
  • Developing Students Mathematical Expertise Through Engaging Students in the Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Infusing Social Media Into the Mathematics Classroom
  • Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Selected Publications

Swan, B., Hynes, M., Miller, B., Godek, J., Childs, K., Coulombe-Quach, X. L. & Zhou, Y. (2013). How online teacher educational backgrounds, student satisfaction, and frequency of teacher-student interactions relate to completion rates for two critically needed courses statewide. In T. Bastiaens & G. Marks (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2013 (pp. 432-441). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.