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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education
April 24, 2014
Canadian Excellence
Dr. Donna Kotsopoulos

Dr. Donna Kotsopoulos

Associate Professor
Associate Dean

Contact Information
Phone: (519) 884- 0710 ext.3953

Office Location: 3rd floor, Bricker Academic, Room 313K

Languages Spoken


Academic Background
The University of Western Ontario, PhD, Educational Studies
The University of Western Ontario, Master of Education, Educational Studies
York University, Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics
York University, Bachelor of Education


Dr. Kotsopoulos is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education. She is the current Associate Dean and was formerly the Graduate Coordinator. She is also cross-appointed to the Department of Mathematics in the Faculty of Science. Dr. Kotsopoulos is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT). She was recently awarded the Hoffman-Little Award for Faculty for excellence in teaching, research, and professional endeavour.

Dr. Kotsopoulos's research focuses on mathematical learning sciences across the lifespan from a transdisciplinary perspective. She has an emerging research interest in post-secondary policy related to prioritization processes. Dr. Kotsopoulos's research is currently funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She has also held funding from Ontario Centres of Excellence, Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER), and private industry. Her research has resulted in social innovation and the successful US trademarking of the LittleCounters® program. Dr. Kotsopoulos has adjudicated grants for NSERC and SSHRC and she presently participates on a SSHRC adjudicating panel for Insight Development Grants (Committee 5). She is a member of the Laurier Strategic Research Plan Task Force. She is the founding and current co-editor of the Fields Mathematics Education Journal

In the News

Dr. Kotsopoulos' research featured in SSHRC Annual Report. Click here.

Additional Information

Dr. Kotsopoulos interviewed on CBC regarding declining mathematics scores in grades 3 and 6 and about teacher education. Click here to listen.

Research Interests

Mathematical cognition;

Visual spatial reasoning;

Mathematics learning across the lifespan (current focus on early childhood and post-secondary);

Post-secondary administration (policies, practices).