Education Leader Uri Treisman Visits Xavier University

January 31, 2012

On Monday, February 6, Dr. Philip “Uri” Treisman will visit Xavier University to speak on “Improving Mathematics Education for All Our Children: A National Perspective.” The event, from 3:15 to 4:30 pm in the Conaton Learning Commons, Rm. 412 (Kennedy Auditorium), is free and open to the public.

Treisman, professor of mathematics and of public affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, directs the Charles A. Dana Center. He gained wide acclaim for his research at the University of California at Berkeley on the factors that support high achievement among students of color in mathematics. Based on the findings, he developed an honors program emphasizing high expectations, collaborative learning, and small-group teaching methods that has served as a model of excellence for hundreds of institutions. He continues to observe the studying behavior of mathematics students and the effects of these habits on academic performance. In addition to mathematics and science education, his interests include education policy and community service and volunteerism.

Treisman has received numerous honors and awards for his efforts to improve American education. He received the 1987 Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievement in American Higher Education. In 1992, he was named a MacArthur Fellow. In December 1999, Black Issues in Higher Education named him one of the outstanding leaders in higher education in the 20th century. The Harvard Foundation named him "2006 Scientist of the Year" for his outstanding contributions to mathematics.

Treisman is a senior partner at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He serves on the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, an initiative of the American Association of Community Colleges. He is on the boards of The New Teacher Project, Education Resource Strategies, the AFT Innovation Fund, and the Math Teachers' Circle. He serves on the Advisory Committee of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education and on the Getting Past Go Initiative of the Education Commission of the States. He is a senior advisor to the trustees of several foundations, including the Noyce Foundation and the Dana Foundation. Treisman is a senior advisor to the Aspen Urban Superintendents Network and to the expanded Urban District Leadership Networks (UDLN), which serves urban districts' chief financial officers, chief academic officers, directors of mathematics, and directors of literacy instruction. He founded the Urban Mathematics Leadership Network, which is now part of the UDLN.

For more information, contact Cheryl Nuñez, assistant to the president for Diversity and Equity at Xavier University, at 513-745-3539 or nunezc@xavier.edu.