Dr. Wladis's current research interests are online learning and developmental mathematics education. In particular, she focuses on issues of access and retention in higher education, with a particular interest in students who have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education and in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. In 2012, she was one of the first community college faculty members to win an American Educational Research Association research award, and she is currently directing a $719,108 NSF grant focused on exploring how student-level factors relate to online course outcomes. She is also in the process of developing and testing an elementary algebra concept inventory, and piloting new approaches to teaching conceptually in elementary algebra. Originally a mathematician, she has also published research in geometric group theory, where she has explored various generalizations of Thompson's groups and their metric properties.