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Personal Profile of Dr. Ron Buckmire


Ron Buckmire is Professor of Mathematics at Occidental College (Oxy) in Los Angeles, California. From 2018 to 2022, he was the inaugural Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs. In this role, he was in charge of all aspects of Oxy’s curriculum and reported directly to the chief academic officer, Wendy Sternberg, Dean of the College. His primary responsibility was the direction of the general education program and had several other academic initiatives reporting to him. He was an employee of the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2011-2013 and 2016-2018. At NSF, he was Lead Program Director of the Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics(S-STEM) program housed in the Division of Undergraduate Education and a permanent program director responsible for undergraduate mathematics education.

He has been on the Oxy faculty since 1994, serving as chair of the mathematics department twice and achieving the rank of Full Professor in 2014 after beginning his academic career at Oxy as a Minority Postdoctoral Scholar-in-Residence. Ron holds mathematics degrees (Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc.) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He is the co-editor of Improving Applied Mathematics Education (Springer Nature, 2021) and has published peer-reviewed articles in an eclectic collection of peer-reviewed journals such as Data, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations, IMA Journal of Management Mathematics, Works and Days and the Albany Law Review. His areas of research interest include mathematical modeling, applied mathematics, numerical analysis, mathematics education, data science and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

He is a passionate advocate for broadening the participation of underrepresented individuals in mathematics and other STEM disciplines and a strong believer in the importance of liberal arts education in the creation and maintenance of an equitable, just and thriving civil society. He serves the national mathematics community in several capacities, such as Vice-President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at SIAM (2021-2024), Chair and member of the AMS Committee on EDI, Chair of MSRI’s BPAC, member of BIRS’ EDI board and ICERM’s board of trustees. He is a co-founder and board member of Spectra, the association for LGBTQ+ mathematicians and their allies.

Current/Future Committee Membership
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Past Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Ex officio, BPAC Co-Chair Apr 01, 2021 Mar 31, 2023
Broadening Participation Advisory Co-Chair (4/1/21-03/31/23) Apr 01, 2019 Mar 31, 2023
Steering Committee Ex officio, BPAC Co-Chair Apr 01, 2021 Mar 31, 2023
  1. Workshop Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2009: Teaching Undergraduates Mathematics

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    May 11, 2009
    03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
    Ron Buckmire (Occidental College), Jerry Epstein, John Orr
    03:30 PM - 05:15 PM
    Ron Buckmire (Occidental College), Jerry Epstein, John Orr