Board of Directors and Staff

 

Board of Directors

Linda Braddy

Linda Braddy is Vice President for Academic Affairs at Tarrant County College (TCC) Northeast Campus where she oversees the academic affairs division, including the academic divisions and departments, both transfer and technical programs, the library, and all academic support services. She previously served as Deputy Executive Director of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in Washington, D.C. (2012-2016), where she oversaw MAA programs, public policy efforts, the Competitions Department, and the Meetings and Facilities Department. While at MAA, she increased the externally funded programs portfolio from $8 million to $14.5 million. She served as dean of the Division of Health and Natural Sciences at TCC’s South Campus from 2009-2011, during which time she assisted with the transition of the Nursing program to the Trinity River Campus, and subsequently served as dean of the Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences on South Campus (2011-12). Immediately prior to her tenure at TCC, she was chair of the Department of Mathematics at East Central University (ECU) in Ada, Oklahoma, as well as a tenured, full professor. Throughout her tenure at ECU, she directed professional development programs for K-12 mathematics teachers and other grant-funded initiatives to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics, directed initiatives to redesign courses and programs, and won multiple teaching awards at the local and regional levels. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Oklahoma and her research area is undergraduate mathematics education.

David Bressoud

David Bressoud, Director of the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics at Macalester College, and a former President of the Mathematical Association of America. Dr. Bressoud has received the MAA Distinguished Teaching Award and the MAA Beckenbach Book Award for Proofs and Confirmations. He has published seven textbooks and over sixty research articles in number theory, combinatorics, special functions, and mathematics education. David has served as Principal Investigator for two national studies of college calculus: Characteristics of Successful Programs in College Calculus and Progress through Calculus.

Robert “Bob” J. Daverman

Bob Daverman, Secretary of the American Mathematical Society from 1999 to 2013. After earning a B.A. from Calvin College in 1963, he entered graduate school at the University of Wisconsin where he received a Ph.D. in 1967 with R.H. Bing (member of the National Academy of Sciences) serving as his advisor. Shortly thereafter he moved, with his family, to Knoxville to join the faculty at the University of Tennessee. A world renowned expert in the topology of manifolds, Daverman has authored or co-authored more than a hundred original research articles.

Ronald G. Douglas

Ronald G. Douglas, Former Provost of Texas A&M University. Douglas received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Louisiana State University. While teaching at the State University of New York at Stony Brook he moved into university administration, eventually becoming Vice Provost at Stony Brook in 1990, and Provost at Texas A&M from 1996 until 2002. Currently he is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Texas A&M.

Edray H. Goins

Edray Herber Goins, president of the National Association of Mathematicians, Inc., is Professor of Mathematics at Purdue University.  After earning a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1994, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stanford University in 1999.  He has held visiting positions at Caltech (2001-2004), Harvard University (2000, 2001, 2007), the Institute for Advanced Study (1999-2000), the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (1999, 2000), and the Max Planck Institut für Mathematik (2001).  He joined the faculty at Purdue in 2004, and works in the field of number theory, as it pertains to the intersection of representation theory and algebraic geometry.  He has served on the PCMI Diversity Sub-Committee (2010-present) as well as the MSRI Human Resources Advisory Committee (2013-2016).  In 2004, Goins was featured in Black Issues in Higher Education as an Emerging Scholar of the Year.

William C. (Bill) Hamilton

Bill Hamilton had a leadership role in the strategic planning efforts to take Inquiry-Based Learning to a national level. He is a veteran of Texas state and local governments with a wide range of public, non-profit management experiences. Bill has over forty years’ experience in Texas government, serving as budget advisor to governors Briscoe, Clements, and White, 1973 to 1986. He was Mayor of Rollingwood, 2010 to 2012, following four City Council terms. He is president of the Texas Retired State Employees Association, Board Nominating and Development chair of Initiatives of Change USA, and chair of Austin Palmer Drug Abuse Program. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Economics, Austin College, and a Master of Public Affairs, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin.

 

Harry Lucas, Jr.

Chair

Harry Lucas, Jr., entered the University of Texas at Austin in 1951, studied under Professor R. L. Moore for two years, and returned to Beaumont where he graduated from Lamar University in 1955. He taught mathematics at Lamar University for four years. After his father’s death he became more involved in the family business of Gulf Coast oil and gas leases, wildcat drilling deals, and royalty investments. In 1969, he founded The Educational Advancement Foundation as a vehicle for R. L. Moore type (Inquiry-Based Learning), educational reform, and currently supports related projects. Involved in several civil and charitable causes, he was inducted into the Hall of Honor of the University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences in 2001.

 Alison Marr

Alison Marr is Associate Professor of Mathematics at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. She teaches a variety of courses in the undergraduate curriculum including Introduction to Statistics, Calculus I and II, Algebraic Structures, and Linear Algebra. She began using IBL methods in her courses after a 2009 workshop and since then has helped organize the annual Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) conference, became a member of the Journal of Inquiry-Based Learning in Mathematics editorial board, served as Secretary-Treasurer of the IBL Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America, and received an Academy of IBL mini-grant to write course notes for a Special Topics class on Graph Labeling. An active researcher in the field of graph labeling, she has published over 10 articles in various areas of graph theory and is co-author of the book, Magic Graphs. She has a B.A. in Mathematics from Murray State University, a M.S. in mathematics from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Southern Illinois University.

Vilma Mesa

Vilma Mesa is Associate Professor of Education and Mathematics at the University of Michigan, and Faculty Associate at the Center for the Study of Higher and Post-secondary Education at the University of Michigan. She investigates the role that resources play in developing teaching expertise in undergraduate mathematics, specifically at community colleges and in inquiry-based learning classrooms. She has conducted several analyses of instruction and of textbooks and collaborated in evaluation projects on the impact of innovative mathematics teaching practices for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She served as Associate Editor for the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education from 2000-2004 and is currently serving as associate editor for Educational Studies in Mathematics. She was a research associate at “una empresa docente” a research center in Mathematics Education at the University of Los Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia where she co-authored university textbooks for pre-calculus for engineering and probability and statistics for social science majors. She has published over 40 articles in mathematics education. Prior to her career in education, Mesa was a systems programmer for the ministry of finances in Colombia and for the district of Bogotá, and a computing systems advisor for a large construction and hospitality firm in Colombia. She has a B.S. in computer sciences and a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and a master’s and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Georgia.

Victor Piercey

Victor Piercey received his Ph.D in mathematics from the University of Arizona in 2012.  Dr. Piercey also holds a B.A. in Humanities from Michigan State University, a law degree from Columbia University with a certificate in international and comparative law, and a M.S. in Mathematics from Michigan State University.  He practiced law in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal, & Manges LLP for two years before returning to Michigan for a career in Mathematics.  Dr. Piercey began working as an assistant professor in the mathematics department at Ferris State University in the fall of 2012 and is currently an associate professor.  He is a co-founder of the Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America (SIGMAA) dedicated to Inquiry-Based Learning, and currently serves as its chair-elect.  In addition, he chairs the SIGMAA dedicated to quantitative literacy, serves as four-year vice chair of the Michigan Section of the MAA, and is a member of the board for the journal Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies (PRIMUS).  He regularly uses inquiry-based learning and his legal experience to enhance his mathematics instruction and provide students with transformative experiences.   His current project is an inquiry-based sequence of courses entitled Quantitative Reasoning for Professionals, which is the result of collaboration with faculty in business, health professions, and social work funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.  Some sections of this course are linked with sections of freshman writing courses.

Chris Rasmussen

Chris Rasmussen, Ph D., is Professor of mathematics education and Associate Chair in the department of mathematics and statistics at San Diego State University. He received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, and Mathematics Education, respectively. After receiving his undergraduate degree he served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He is currently co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education. His research investigates inquiry-oriented approaches to the learning and teaching of undergraduate mathematics, focusing on how mathematical ideas are developed through student exploration and teacher-student classroom discourse. His work in differential equations and linear algebra has led to methodological advances for coordinating individual and collective mathematical progress as well as instructional approaches that begin with students’ informal or intuitive ideas to progressively build more formal mathematics and the role of the instructor in this process. He has also been at the forefront of a national study of successful calculus programs, which has identified a number of programmatic features that are common among the programs identified as being more successful than peer institutions. Currently, he is co-PI on two national studies of the Precalculus to Calculus 2 sequence with the goal of better understanding current departmental practices related to these courses and the process of departmental and institutional change and ways that professional organizations can support and help sustain such change.

Tina Straley

Tina Straley, Executive Director of the Mathematical Association of America from 2000 to 2011. After receiving her Ph.D. in mathematics from Auburn University, Straley joined the mathematics department at Kennesaw Junior College (now Kennesaw State University) where she became Chair of the Department of Mathematics and then Associate Vice President for Scholarship and Graduate Studies. During her tenure at Kennesaw, Straley spent two years at the National Science Foundation as Program Officer for Mathematics and Coordinator of Teacher Preparation in its Division of Undergraduate Education.

Staff

Willam “Bus” Jaco
Executive Director

Bus Jaco’s mathematical research is in geometry and topology and is best known for the Jaco-Shalen-Johannson (JSJ) Decomposition Theorem, work on normal surfaces, and the discovery of efficient triangulations. He served as Executive Director of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) from 1988 to 1995 and has been recognized as a Fellow of the AMS and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Recently he has been actively engaged in undergraduate mathematics education reform.

Sally Blue

Sally Blue is a consultant focused on nonprofit management, fundraising and legacy leadership. She has provided counsel to a wide range of organizations, guiding capital campaigns, strategic planning and assessments for boards and staff. An active part of the nonprofit sector for over twenty years, she served for seven years as part of the Dini Spheris team. Prior to consulting work, Sally worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations including Girl Scouts, Family Eldercare, and Emory University. She is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Austin Chapter and a graduate of Leadership Austin.