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Personal Profile of Dr. Jim Lewis

Dr. Jim Lewis
Department of Mathematics

W. James “Jim” Lewis is Aaron Douglas Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During the time he served as chair of his department, the department won the University-wide Department Teaching Award and an NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. He has received many teaching awards including the University’s OTICA award and membership in UNL’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. More recently, he was the Carnegie Foundation’s 2010 Nebraska Professor of the Year. He has served as President of the UNL Faculty Senate and President of the UNL chapter of AAUP. He has received the UNL Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women Award for his support of opportunities for women in the mathematical sciences and UNL’s Louise Pound-George Howard Distinguished Career Award.

He is PI for two NSF Math Science Partnerships, the Math in the Middle Institute Partnership and NebraskaMATH. He was chair of the Committee that produced the CBMS report, The Mathematical Education of Teachers, and co-chair of the National Research Council committee that produced Educating Teachers of Science, Mathematics, and Technology: New Practices for the new Millennium. He was a member of the AMS Task Force that produced Towards Excellence: Leading a Doctoral Mathematics Department in the 21st Century, as well as the author of the first four chapters of this book. He was also a member of the NRC Committee that produced Preparing Teachers: Building Evidence for Sound Policy. He is a past chair of the Mathematical Association of America’s Coordinating Council on Education and the American Mathematical Society’s Committee on Education. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Louisiana State University.

Current/Future Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
No Memberships

Past Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Educational Advisory Committee May 15, 2003 Mar 01, 2008
Educational Advisory Committee Mar 01, 2008 Mar 01, 2015
Educational Advisory Committee Mar 07, 2015 Mar 11, 2015
  1. Workshop Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2014: The role of the mathematics department in the mathematical preparation of teachers

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    Mar 26, 2014
    04:00 PM - 04:15 PM
      Plenary Session: Welcome and Workshop Overview
    David Eisenbud (University of California, Berkeley), Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska)
    Mar 27, 2014
    03:50 PM - 06:00 PM
      Parallel Sessions – Math courses for teachers and examples of math teacher education programs with strong involvement from the institution’s department of mathematics
    Cynthia Anhalt (University of Arizona), Hyman Bass (University of Michigan), Elizabeth Burroughs (Montana State University), Ole Hald (University of California, Berkeley), Brigitte Lahme (Sonoma State University), Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska), Michael Marder (University of Texas, Austin), W Gary Martin (Auburn University), Michael Mays (West Virginia University), Cody Patterson (University of Texas), Patrick Thompson (Arizona State University)
    Mar 28, 2014
    03:05 PM - 04:30 PM
      Parallel Sessions: Professional Development Opportunities for Mathematics Teachers
    Matthias Beck (San Francisco State University), Gail Burrill (Michigan State University), Thomas Clark (University of Nebraska), Brian Conrey (AIM - American Institute of Mathematics), Brianna Donaldson (AIM - American Institute of Mathematics), John Ewing (Math for America ), Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska), Tom Marley (University of Nebraska), Wendy Smith (University of Nebraska), Glenn Stevens (Boston University), Diana White (University of Colorado, Denver), Hung-Hsi Wu (University of California, Berkeley), Darryl Yong (Harvey Mudd College)
    04:35 PM - 05:00 PM
      Plenary Session (closing session): Reflections on ideas discussed at the workshop
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan), Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska)
  2. Workshop Using Partnerships to Strengthen Elementary Mathematics Teacher Education

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    Dec 11, 2008
    10:40 AM - 12:20 PM
      The Mathematics Semester at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Ruth Heaton (University of Nebraska), Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska)
    Dec 12, 2008
    09:00 AM - 10:05 AM
      Forming Partnerships Across Institutional Boundaries (budgetary, departmental, college)
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan), Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska), William McCallum (University of Arizona)
  3. Workshop Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2007: Teaching Teachers Mathematics

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    Jun 01, 2007
    09:25 AM - 10:15 AM
      Mathematics Educator-Mathematician partnerships for educating teachers: Examplesfrom Nebraska and Arizona
    Cynthia Anhalt (University of Arizona), Ruth Heaton (University of Nebraska), Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska), Matthew Ondrus
  4. Workshop The Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (K-8): Why, What and How?

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    May 25, 2005
    05:00 PM - 06:15 PM
      Welcome and Introduction
    David Eisenbud (University of California, Berkeley), Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska)
    May 27, 2005
    11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
      What Can Mathematics Departments and Schools of Education Do to Help Teachers Develop Such Knowledge?
    Sybilla Beckmann (University of Georgia), Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska), Richard (James) Milgram, Ira Papick
    03:45 PM - 05:00 PM
      Small Group Sessions with Mathematicians and Educators Who Either Develop Materials for Teachers' Learning of Mathematics for Teaching or Who Work with Preservice or Experienced Teachers.
    Scott Baldridge (Louisiana State University), Sybilla Beckmann (University of Georgia), Ruth Heaton (University of Nebraska), Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska), Daniel Maki, Ted Stanford, Kristin Umland (University of New Mexico)
    May 28, 2005
    08:45 AM - 10:00 AM
      What Are the Critical Next Steps with Respect to Policy? What are Directions for Research? Come Back to Evidence.
    Linda Curtis-Bey, Dan Fallon, Tom Fortmann, Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska), Cathy Seeley, Diane Spresser
  5. Workshop Assessing Students’ Mathematics Learning: Issues, Costs and Benefits

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    Mar 07, 2004
    02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
      Crucial Contemporary Social, Political and Cultural Issues in Mathematics Assessment in the U.S. (part 1)
    Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska)
    02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
      Crucial Contemporary Social, Political and Cultural Issues in Mathematics Assessment in the U.S. (part 2)
    Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska)