Dr. Julie Bacak received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in urban elementary education. Her research and teaching interests focus on promoting equitable teaching practices within mathematics classrooms and teacher education, particularly through the use of mathematical discussions. Dr. Bacak was formerly a K-8 teacher in both the Wilmington and Charlotte, NC, areas. She enjoys collaborating with educators and researchers across content areas to develop meaningful and practical learning experiences for students and teachers. As part of a recent National Science Foundation grant project, Dr. Bacak developed digital safety curricular resources for students in grades 3-5 through her collaboration with researchers in instructional technology and computer science. She also encourages teacher candidates and classroom teachers she works with to serve as co-researchers in her ongoing projects.

Research Interests

  • Teacher Education/Development
  • Equity
  • Mathematics Education

Courses Taught




ECED 3107

Learning Mathematics for the Primary Grades: First through Fourth Grade


ECED 4803

Senior Seminar II in Early Childhood Education


Selected Publications

  • Martin, F., Bacak, J., Polly, D., Wang, W., & Ahlgrim-Delzell, L. (2023). Teacher and School Concerns and Actions on Elementary School Children Digital Safety. TechTrends, 67(3), pp. 561-571. Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1007/s11528-022-00803-z

  • Bacak, J., Martin, F., Ahlgrim-Delzell, L., Polly, D., & Wang, W. (2022). Elementary Educator Perceptions of Student Digital Safety Based on Technology Use in the Classroom. Computers in the Schools, 39(2), pp. 186-202. Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/07380569.2022.2071233

  • Polly, D., Colonnese, M., Bacak, J., Holshouser, K.O., & Lewis, W. (2022). Promoting Equity in Elementary School Mathematics. In Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Diversity and Equity in a Virtual World (pp. 213-232). IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8028-8.ch012

  • Bacak, J. & Byker, E. (2021). Moving from levels of inquiry to the flexible phases of inquiry theory: A literature review of inquiry-based teacher education. Journal of Teacher Education and Educators, 10(2), pp. 255-271. Uludag University. Retrieved from

  • Martin, F., Bacak, J., Polly, D., & Dyrnes, L. (2021). A systematic review of research on K12 online teaching and learning: Comparison of research from two decades 2000 to 2019. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 55(2), pp. 190-209. Taylor & Francis. doi: 10.1080/15391523.2021.1940396.