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Northwest Missouri State University

Brian Swink

Brian Swink



1635 Garrett-Strong


660.562.1188 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2015



  • M.S.Ed. Elementary Education - Elementary Mathematics Specialists program; Northwest Missouri State University, 2015
  • B.S.Ed. Elementary Education; Northwest Missouri State University, 2001

Courses Taught

  • Strategies for Fundamentals (17-071)
  • Fundamentals of Mathematics (17-171)
  • Math Methods (17-471)

Academic Interests

  • Common Core implementation
  • Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Mathematical discourse as a means for social learning

Scholarly Activity

  • Swink, B. and Komorech, H.  (2015, December). Empowering Learning through Communication.  Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics Fall Conference in Columbia, MO. 
  • Swink, B and Swink, J.  (2015, November).  Engaging with Formative Assessment Data to Improve Student Learning.  Northwest Council of Exceptional Children’s Education Tango conference in Maryville, MO.
  • Swink, B, Reys, B, Webel, C, Sheffel, C, Harbaugh, A, McCoy, A, Randolph, T.  (2015, December).  Elementary Mathematics Specialists:  A Strategy for Improving Student Learning of Mathematics in Missouri Elementary Schools.  Missouri Departments of Higher Education and Elementary and Secondary Education commissioners meeting in Jefferson City, MO.  
  • Master’s Thesis:  The Role of Mathematical Discourse in Relationship to Mathematics Computational Fluency

Other Professional Experiences

  • First Year Advocate for the department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • CoRequisite at Scale Task Force
  • Northwest regional director for the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • 13 years of elementary teaching experience