Perla Myers, PhD

Perla Myers
Phone: (619) 260-7932
Fax: 619-260-4293
Office: Serra Hall 159B,FH-114E

Professor, Mathematics
Special Assistant to the Dean

  • Professor Myers earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Houston Honors Program, and her M.A and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego.

Perla Myers is Professor of Mathematics at the University of San Diego (USD), where she has been on the faculty since 1999. She earned her B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Houston, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego. Perla is passionate about achieving equity in education and diversifying the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, and believes that one step towards these goals is changing the reaction people have towards mathematics: She would like people to smile when they hear the word mathematics.

Dr. Myers works closely with students, colleagues and the community, as transformation is achieved through joint efforts, when students, families, future teachers, educators, leaders come together to create affirming experiences, delve into creative explorations, and empower each other to persevere, enhance their understanding, and reinforce the belief that they are capable. In collaboration with her students, colleagues and the community, Perla enjoys creating experiential opportunities in mathematics and STEAM at USD and at K-12 schools locally and abroad, including summer camps, family nights, mathematics walks, teacher workshops, conferences, and other community events. Her most recent initiative, Project Mathigami, takes advantage of origami to explore mathematics with college students, educators, and K-12 students and their families.

Perla has been active with the Mathematical Association of America, is the liaison for the Association for Women in Mathematics to the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences (SACNAS), and is a proud life member of SACNAS. She co-organized Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers (PMET) national workshops, and was co-PI on a California Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant for an Inquiry Learning Partnership with the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and a couple local school districts. Perla is currently co-PI of an NSF grant to enhance the diversity of USD faculty through the recruitment, advancement and retention of women in mathematics, science, engineering and the behavioral sciences and is PI of an NSF S-STEM grant to increase the number of college students in STEM.  She received the University of San Diego’s Women of Impact Award, the Innovations in Experiential Education Award, and the Mathematical Association of America Southern California-Nevada Section Award for Distinguished University Teaching of Mathematics.

Areas of Expertise

Mathematics

Scholarly Work

Perla Myers wrote her dissertation and some subsequent work in an area where Graph Theory and Number Theory intersect. Her most recent work is in the area of the mathematical education of teachers. She enjoyed collaborating with the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and the Chula Vista and Lemon Grove School Districts through a venture that began with a California Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant.

Areas of Interest

Professor Myers teaches a variety of mathematics classes at USD. In all her classes, she focuses on helping students acquire skills that will enhance their independent learning capabilities. She received the Innovations in Experiential Education Award. She most appreciates teaching, learning and growing within the collegial and collaborative environment in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department.