Tharanga Wijetunge
Lyon College

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Tharanga Wijetunge

  Tharanga Wijetunge
  Assistant Professor of Mathematics

  Contact Information
  Office 206 in Derby Center for Science and Mathematics
  870.307.7274 | 



PhD (Concentration in Mathematics Education), Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

BSc (Hons) in Finance, Business & Computational Mathematics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka


Classes Offered

College Algebra

Elementary Functions

Math for Liberal Arts

Calculus I & II

Linear Algebra

Modern Geometry

Methods in Secondary Education



Mathematics Association of America

2014 Project NExT fellow, Mathematics Association of America



Premadasa. K., Wijetunge, T. M. K., & Bhatia, K (2016). Using cellphones as virtual clickers in a mathematics classroom. Electronic Journal of Mathematics and Technology, 10(3).



Wijetunge, T. M. K. & St. John, D. (2017, May). Empowering communication through advanced student response systems: Perspectives of pre-service mathematics teachers. Global Conference on Education and Research, Sarasota, FL.

Wijetunge, T. M. K. & Premadasa, K. (2016, March). Does Process Oriented Student Feedback Help College Math Achievement? Oral presentation at SoTL Commons Conference, Savannah, GA.

Wijetunge, T. M. K., Premadasa, K. & Bhatia, K. (2015, Jan). The dreaded word problem: What do students remember? Oral presentation at Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Antonio, TX.

Wijetunge, T.M.K. (2014, March). Student Response Systems and learning mathematics. Oral presentation for Math Club at Lyon College, Batesville, AR.

Wijetunge, T. M. K. & St. John, D. (2014, Jan). Evaluating student understanding and role of the Student Response Systems: What pre-service teachers say? Oral presentation at Joint Mathematics Meetings, Baltimore, MD.

Wijetunge, T.M.K. (2013, March). Classroom Communication and Interactions: The Role of Technology. Oral presentation at Conversations Among Colleagues, Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Wijetunge, T.M.K. (2013, March). Using TI-Nspire CAS calculators and TI-Nspire Navigator in a college algebra classroom: Questions and our answers. Oral presentation was accepted by T3 International Conference, Philadelphia, PA.  

Wijetunge, T.M.K. & St. John, D. (2013, Jan). The TI-Nspire Navigator CAS system and pre-service teachers: Changing the communication in a mathematics classroom. Oral presentation at Joint Mathematics Meetings, San Diego, CA.

Wijetunge, T.M.K. (2012, May). Pre-Service Teachers and the TI-Navigator: Do They Identify What They Can Do with Technology? Oral presentation at Michigan Section MAA Meeting, Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, MI.

Wijetunge, T.M.K., St. John, D., & Narayan, S. (2011, July). Differential equations: A different perspective of teaching differential equations. Poster presented at the POGIL Great Lakes Regional Meeting, Hope College, Holland, MI.

Wijetunge, T.M.K. & Lin, E.B. (2011, April). Galerkin’s method and wavelet functions. Poster presented at the Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Star, J.R., Chang, K., Lee, K., Rittle-Johnson, B., & Wijetunge, T.M.K. (2007, April). The benefits of comparison in learning to solve equations. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.