Adam Poetzel serves as an instructor in secondary and elementary mathematics education. He joined the C&I faculty in the fall of 2007 after teaching mathematics at Champaign Central High School for ten years. Adam’s instructional focus is on the preparation and training of pre-service mathematics teachers to effectively teach diverse K-12 students. Currently, he teaches a variety of methods courses for both undergraduate and graduate candidates including courses that examine the role of technology and assessment in today’s mathematics classrooms. He maintains strong ties with local schools and is actively involved in several grants focused on the professional development of in-service mathematics teachers.


M.A., Secondary and Continuing Education, University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005

B.S., Mathematics and Secondary Education, University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997

Awards, Honors, Associations

UIUC Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching University of Illinois, 2015 - 2015

Max Beberman Mathematics Educator Award ICTM, 2013 - 2013

College of Education's Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award University of Illinois, 2012 - 2012


Poetzel, A., Muskin, J., Munroe, A., & Russel, C. (2012). 3D Printing: A Journey in Visualization Mathematics Teacher, 106 (2), 103 – 107.  link >

Poetzel, A., Hopkins, M., & Muskin, J. (2009). Moving a Wall: Using Geometry to Measure an Imperceptible Distance. Mathematics Teacher, 103 (6), 446-452.  link >


When Am I Ever Gonna Use this in My Real Life Anyway? (2013).: Carol Streams, IL.

When Am I Ever Gonna Use this in My Real Life Anyway? (2013).: Des Plaines, IL.

Moving a Wall: An Unbelievable Lesson about Measuring Unimaginable Distances (2012).: Chicago, IL.

When am I Ever Gonna Use This in My Real Life Anyway? (2012).: Chicago, IL.

Mathematical Modeling in Algebra (2012).: Charleston, IL.

Using Video and Audio Self Recordings to Improve Teaching Actions (2012).: Atlanta, GA.

When Am I Ever Gonna Use this in My Real Life Anyway? (2011).: Loves Park, IL.

Moving a Wall: An Unbelievable Lesson about Measuring Unimaginable Distances (2011).: Springfield, IL.

When am I gonna use this in my real life anyway? (2011).: Springfield, IL.


Senior Personnel Cook County Extension Collaboration Project, Cook County Extension, 2014 - 2019

Senior Personnel Practices Integrated across Mathematics, Engineering and Science (PrIMES), Illinois State Board of Education, 2017 - 2018

Senior Personnel Entrepreneurial Leadership in STEM Teaching & Learning (EnLiST), National Science Foundation, 2009 - 2014


Director at Large Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2012 - 2015


Since joining the C&I faculty, I have worked hard to bridge research and practice in the pre-service secondary and elementary mathematics education classes. It remains my goal to figure out the most effective ways of preparing our future teachers for the classroom. Part of that includes modeling effective teaching in my courses. I spend a great deal of time preparing for classes, building relationships with students, and reflecting on the progress of my students. I took this position in order to have a positive impact on the development of young teachers who engage students with meaningful mathematics and I will continue to strive for this goal.


Best Practices in Secondary Ed (CI 199) Approved for both letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.

Tchg Diverse High School Stu (CI 403) Examines the curriculum and philosophy of teaching students in high school grades. Students will focus on a number of related topics including teaching a diverse student population, including all students in instruction, using technology for teaching high school English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies and alternative means of assessing students' learning. Seminar content will be integrated with coursework in instructional technology, assessment, and special education with high school students. Coursework is integrated with a high school field experience. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.

Tchg and Assessing Sec Sch Stu (CI 404) Emphasizes the practical application of theory and recommended practices for developing curriculum, teaching, and assessing learning in the middle and senior high school years. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.

Teaching Children Mathematics (CI 430) Examines children's learning of mathematics and meaningful instructional methods, representations and materials. Emphasis given to number and operations (including both whole and rational numbers), number theory and statistics/probability. Includes laboratory experience with supervised problem solving. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Credit is not given for both CI 430 and CI 431.

Tchg Elementary Mathematics (CI 431) Examines the organization, scope, and sequence of the mathematics program and the functional nature of mathematics; methods, techniques, experiences, and materials of value in teaching mathematics, and the role of the classroom teacher. Includes laboratory experience, with supervised problem solving. 4 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Credit is not given for both CI 430 and CI 431.

Invest Approach Elem Math Inst (CI 432) Course will model and examine an investigative approach to elementary mathematics instruction, which is purposeful, inquiry-based, and meaningful mathematics instruction. Particular focus will be given to the teaching and learning of measurement, geometry and algebra/functions. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.

Assessing Student Performance (CI 485) Same as EPSY 485. See EPSY 485.

Freshman Honors Seminar (EDUC 102) Provides an introduction to critical issues in education with focus on selected contemporary issues in the field; emphasis is on critical analysis and reflection on relationships between teachers, schools, and society.

Assessing Student Performance (EPSY 485) Designed especially for secondary education students, this course introduces basic concepts and practices of assessment, measurement, and evaluation as they are used in school settings. The course covers current trends and issues in assessment including large scale standardized testing practices and cultural issues in assessment. Students become familiar with using assessment and evaluation data to inform instructional decisions. Same as CI 485. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

Poetzel, Adam

Instructor, Curriculum & Instruction



309 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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