Chris Brownell

Assistant Professor of Mathematics


M.A., Mathematics Education, Fresno Pacific University, 1999
B.A., Mathematics, California State University, Fresno, 1985

Share why you teach at FPU

I am happy to work closely with very talented students and colleagues. Together we get to investigate some very interesting and mysterious things. I love having the opportunity to work with young adults in transition, just learning who they are, and why they are the way they are.

Scholarly Interests

I am interested in how the brain generates mathematical knowledge, and how we individually "know" things mathematical. The history of mathematics is my favorite topic to read about. I am particularly fond of the 16th - 18th centuries in European mathematics.

Professional and Service Experience

I began teaching mathematics as a high school teacher in 1986. During this time I also taught at a community college. I left the public high school math world in 2000 and have taught here at FPU ever since. I have served on numerous Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) school accreditation visits. I have been the director of Mathematics Professional Development Institutes here on the FPU campus. I also work with people wanting to pass the CSET in mathematics so that they can become credentialed teachers of mathematics in the state of California.

Honors and Awards

  • Peeper Award, most aunthentically spritual faculty member, Fresno Pacific University, 2002

Professional Affiliations

  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • The California Mathematics Council (CMC)
  • San Joaquin Valley Mathematics Project (SJVMP)