Thorsten Scheiner is a Research Fellow in Mathematics Education at the Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, ACU Brisbane. Prior to this appointment, he has been a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Auckland. Before doing a Joint Ph.D. at the University of Hamburg and Macquarie University, Thorsten Scheiner received his B.Sc. and M.Ed. from the Leibniz University of Hannover. He has been a visiting researcher and visiting scholar at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education in San Diego.


Thorsten Scheiner's research program is centrally concerned with two interrelated areas of study: mathematics education and teacher education. His work in mathematics education focuses on complex processes involved in knowing, learning, and sense-making of advanced mathematics. In the area of teacher education, he examines how teacher knowing and teacher noticing are actualized in the classroom. His research has contributed to theoretical innovation through exploring tensions, conflicts, and paradoxes among fundamentally, yet opposing, theoretical perspectives prevalent in mathematics education and teacher education. 

To date, Thorsten Scheiner has taught undergraduate courses in mathematics as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in mathematics education at different universities, including the University of Auckland, Macquarie University, the University of Hamburg, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, and the Humboldt University of Berlin. He also worked as a part-time teacher at the German International School Sydney and has been a teaching assistant and instructor both in a local school in Germany and in the German International Schools in Cape Town and Dubai.


Thorsten Scheiner is the founder and director of the International Community of Emerging Researchers in Mathematics Education and has been the chairperson of three national working groups of the Foundation of German Business. He received the Studienkolleg Fellowship from the Foundation of German Business and the Robert Bosch Foundation; the Klaus Murmann Fellowship from the Foundation of German Business; and the Research Excellence Scholarship from Macquarie University. He has been awarded the Karl H. Ditze Award of the University of Hamburg for his doctoral dissertation, and he has recently been a recipient of the Early Career Researcher Excellence in Research Recognition Award from the Institute of Learning Sciences and Teacher Education Australia. 









Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education, Australia

Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, 2019-present  

The University of Auckland, New Zealand 

Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, 2017-2018



Ph.D. I University of Hamburg, Germany & Macquarie University, Australia

Mathematics Education, 2018

Title of thesis: Toward theory advancement in mathematical cognition and teacher cognition 


Master of Education I Gottfried W. Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany

Major in Mathematics, 2013

Title of thesis: Linking general theories of teacher education with theories of mathematics education


Bachelor of Science I Gottfried W. Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany

Major in Mathematics, 2011

Title of thesis: Comparative analysis of teacher education studies

(in German: Vergleichende Analyse von Lehrerbildungsstudien)   



Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education San Diego, USA

Department of Mathematics, San Diego State University, Feb-Apr 2014

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

Department of Mathematics, Jul-Aug 2018; Nov-Dec 2017; Nov 2013

Stanford University, USA

Graduate School of Education, Apr-Jun 2016  

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Department of Curriculum Studies, Apr-May 2015

The University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Institute of Education, Jul 2019; Sep 2012

University of California at Berkeley, USA

Graduate School of Education, Apr 2019; Jul-Sep 2014; Oct 2012-Mar 2013 




Foundation of German Business, Germany

Fellow, Klaus Murmann Fellowship, 2013-2016

Fellow, Studienkolleg Fellowship, 2009-2013

German International School Sydney, Australia

Teacher, 2017

German International School Dubai, VAE

Teaching Assistant, 2011  

German International School Cape Town, South Africa 

Teaching Assistant, 2011