Education leader Philip "Uri" Treisman speaks tonight on improving mathematics education for children

He is known for his research into high achievement in math among minority students | February 6, 2012

On Monday, Feb. 6, Philip “Uri” Treisman is visiting Xavier to speak on “Improving Mathematics Education for All Our Children: A National Perspective.” The event runs from 3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Conaton Learning Commons, Kennedy Auditorium, and 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, 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 member and serves on the board of numerous educational organizations including The New Teacher Project and Education Resource Strategies. He is a senior partner at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Treisman is also senior advisor to the Aspen Urban Superintendents Network and to the expanded Urban District Leadership Networks, 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 Urban District Leadership Networks.

For more information, please contact Cheryl Nuñez, assistant to the president for Diversity and Equity, at 513-745-3539 or