William R. Speer is the Dean of the College of Education, a Professor of Mathematics Education, Director of the Center for Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education and Director of International Student Teaching at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He is also an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Computer Education at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. Dr. Speer has been a Fulbright Senior Lecturer to the Bahamas, a Fulbright Scholar to England, a USAID Fellow to Malawi, and a Visiting Professor at Northern Arizona University's Science and Mathematics Learning Center. His B.S. and M.S. Ed. degrees were achieved at Northern Illinois University in 1969 and 1971 while his Ph.D. was earned at Kent State University in 1976.
Dr. Speer is a Past President of several professional organizations including the Research Council on Mathematics Learning, the School Science and Mathematics Association, the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Ohio Mathematics Education Leadership Council, the Nevada Mathematics Council (two terms), and the Nevada Association of Teacher Educators (two terms). He is also an Alumni Fellow of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. He has served on the Mathematics and Statistics Advisory Committee for the CollegeBoard, served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Washington, D.C. based Triangle Coalition of Business, Government, and Education and, currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of WestEd. He was a member of the NCTM Commission that released the landmark publication entitled Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics and was a major author on the revised NCTM teaching standards. He has also served NCTM as the Chairman of the Affiliated Services Committee and as the Chairman of the Board of the Mathematics Education Trust.
Dr. Speer is the primary author of the Wiley text, TODAY'S MATHEMATICS: Concepts, Classroom Methods and Instructional Activities, twelfth edition, focusing on content/teaching methods for the elementary and middle grades. Dr. Speer is the General Editor for the NCTM annual yearbooks covering 2011-13, has been a contributing author on six major books, and has authored numerous articles in various professional journals. He has served as editor of the IDEAS section for the Arithmetic Teacher journal and editor of the INVESTIGATIONS section of Teaching Children Mathematics journal. He has also served on the Editorial Board for the research journal FOCUS on the Learning and Teaching of Mathematics (now renamed as INVESTIGATIONS in Mathematics Learning).
Dr. Speer has been the
of college and university-wide teaching, research, and service major
at both Bowling Green State University and the University of Nevada Las
Vegas. He is the recipient of the Golden Anniversary Alumni Award from
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from Northern Illinois
His service has been recognized by his selection for the
Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mathematics Education and the
Award for Distinguished Contributions to Mathematics and Science
Dr. Speer has lectured extensively throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Latvia, Hungary, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Malawi, South Africa, Korea, the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, India, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. Perhaps most importantly, he has classroom experience at each level and enjoys sharing and learning about how research informs teachers and how the classroom lends itself to generative studies of teaching/learning.
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