Chrystal Dean is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University. She is also the Graduate Program Director in Elementary Education. She received her B.S. in Mathematics/Secondary Education and her M.A. in Instructional Technology from Appalachian State University. After teaching mathematics and science for four years to fulfill her NC Teaching Fellows obligation, she earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Vanderbilt University. She teaches courses in mathematics education, assessment, and special education in the undergraduate and graduate programs.
She has been an editorial panel member for Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education-Mathematics Education. In addition she has served on the AMTE Task Force on Re-thinking Teaching and Learning: Unpacking Mathematics Education Online, the AMTE Affiliates Connections Committee, and the AMTE Constitution and By-Laws Committee. At the state level, she was the first president of the South Carolina AMTE Affiliate (SCAMTE) and in North Carolina she was a member of the AMTE-NC Executive Committee and the Nominations Committee.
Her research focuses on supporting students who struggle with mathematics and integrating technology to assist the teaching and learning of mathematics.