Dr. Cain’s current research focuses on understanding how educational practitioners develop mathematical concepts beyond the procedural algorithm. He is particularly interested in how conceptual and language based mathematical learning can be fostered in the classroom.
Dr. Cain is a tenured professor in the Education Department at Mars Hill University where he holds the positions of Coordinator of M.Ed. Programs, Integrated Education Program and the AIG program. He earned a B.A. Degree from Mars Hill in Elementary Education, an M.Ed. in Cross-Categorical (Mild and Severe) Special Education from East Tennessee State University and a Doctoral Degree with an ELPA concentration in research design focusing on assistive technology from the University System of Tennessee. Dr. Cain has published nationally / internationally. He has authored/co-authored/taken lead roles in research/teaching grants totaling 18 million dollars. He has served as principal investigator/director of three national grants. He is also the lead authors of the mathematics professional development modules for the National Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM).
Dr. Cain is a dynamic speaker / presenter with real world teaching experience in both the general and special education classroom settings. He has a passion for mathematics, students with special needs and those who work with them. Dr. Cain works in multiple states to help develop teacher understanding and improve the outcomes for all students by creating cohesive and collaborative multi-tiered systems and researched based professional development to support instruction in the mathematics classroom.