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Dianna Spence, Ph.D.

Dianna Spence
Title: Mathematics Department Head
Phone: 706-864-1810

Office: Newton Oakes Center 215, Dahlonega


Dr. Spence joined UNG in 2005 and has held positions in both the Mathematics and Computer Science departments. In conjunction with her background in software development, her roles as PI and co-PI on two NSF grants in statistics education have drawn her toward the field of Data Science, where she is completing additional graduate coursework. One of her goals is to establish an interdisciplinary minor in Data Science at UNG. Outside of academia, Dr. Spence enjoys board games, travel, theater, Falcons Football, and Atlanta United Soccer.


  • Ph.D., Mathematics Education, Emory University, 2004
  • M.S., Computer Science, Georgia State University, 1996
  • B.A., Mathematics, William & Mary University, 1985

Research/Special Interests

  • Statistics Education
  • Data Science
    • Statistical Programming
  • Discrete Mathematics
    • Graph Theory


  • Spence, Dianna J., Bailey, Brad, and Sharp, Julia L. (2017). The impact of introducing student-directed projects in introductory statistics. Statistics Education Research Journal, 16(1), 240-261.
  • Spence, Dianna J., and Bailey, Brad (2016). Technologies to facilitate each stage of student-directed statistics projects. In P. Bogacki (Ed.), Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics, March 12-15, 2015 (pp. 220-228). Pearson Education, Inc.
  • Bailey, Brad, and Spence, Dianna J. (2014). Path elongation, constructions, and a progression of PE values in a single graph. Congressus Numerantium, 222, 203-213.
  • Spence, Dianna J. (2014). CAEP, NCTM, and secondary mathematics program revisions. In J. Hall (Ed.), Proceedings of the 8th Annual Meeting of Georgia Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, October 15, 2014 (pp. 52-62). (GAMTE).
  • Bailey, Brad, Holliday, John E., and Spence, Dianna J. (2013). K-Resistant colorings. Congressus Numerantium, 215, 115-128.
  • Bailey, Brad, Spence, Dianna J., & Sinn, Robb (2013). Implementation of discovery projects in statistics. Journal of Statistics Education, 21(3).
  • Spence, Dianna J., & Bailey, Brad (2013). Technology-rich projects in statistics. In J. Foster (Ed.), Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics, March 22-25, 2012 (pp. 173-177). Pearson Education, Inc.

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