Xiaoxia Newton, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Research Methods and Evaluation program at UMass Lowell's Graduate School of Education. She has extensive methodological training from UCLA Social Research Methodology division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She has applied a wide variety of methodologies studying several key components of the mathematics education system (classroom teaching and learning, teacher preparation and professional development) and investigating several broader contextual issues (e.g., teacher turnover, accountability using VAM) in the US at both the K-12 and higher education context. Her current work focuses on pre-service Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors' mathematical content understanding for teaching K-12 students
Trained as an applied methodologist, Newton has extensive research and professional evaluation experiences focusing on mathematics education and STEM issues at K-12 and higher education contexts. Her current research focuses on STEM majors’ mathematical content understanding. She is writing a book synthesizing her more than 10 years’ of research and evaluation work on the math education system in the U.S. In addition, she is the director of a longitudinal evaluation of the collaborative effort between Lowell Public Schools (LPS) and multiple community partners at transforming LPS Career Academy into a community hub that provides a range of on-site academic, occupational, social, and health services. Utilizing empowerment evaluation framework, Newton is creating a synergy between evaluation scholarship, community engagement, and servicing learning in her scholarly work. Newton is the incoming co-chair of the American Evaluation Association's International and Cross-Cultural Topical Interest Group. She will serve a 3-year term beginning January, 2017.