Biography of Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy
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Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy is the Division Director of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education, in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources. In this role she supports NSF's mission of providing leadership and promoting development of the infrastructure and resources needed to improve pre-kindergarten through 12th grade science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education throughout the United States. While on assignment at NSF, Dr. Ferrini-Mundy serves as a University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education at Michigan State University (MSU) and Associate Dean for Science and Mathematics Education in the College of Natural Science. She is a professor in the Departments of Mathematics and Teacher Education.

Dr. Ferrini-Mundy was a Visiting Scientist in NSF's Teacher Enhancement Program from 1989-1991 and worked at the National Research Council from 1995-1999 as Director of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board and Associate Executive Director of the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education. Ferrini-Mundy was a member of the RAND Mathematics Study Panel, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Mathematics Assessment Framework Committee, the ACHIEVE Mathematics Advisory Panel, and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study/ Programme for International Student Assessment (TIMSS/PISA) 2003 Expert Panel. In Michigan she directs the Michigan Department of Education Teacher Preparation Policy Study Group to advise the Superintendent of Public Instruction about policy reform in teacher preparation and has served as chair of the recent Mathematics High School Content Expectations Development Committee. From 1983-1999 Ferrini-Mundy was a member of the Mathematics Department at the University of New Hampshire, and in 1982-1983 she was a mathematics faculty member at Mount Holyoke College, where she co-founded the SummerMath for Teachers Program.

Active in professional societies, Ferrini-Mundy has served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers, and chaired the Writing Group for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) 2000 Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. She completed a term as a member of the Board of Governors of the Mathematical Association of America in 2006. Her research interests include calculus teaching and learning, the development and assessment of teachers' mathematical knowledge for teaching, and the improvement of student learning in K-12 mathematics. She has played leadership roles in several MSU-based projects, including the Carnegie-supported Teachers for A New Era Initiative, the NSF-funded Knowledge of Algebra for Teaching project, and Promoting Rigorous Outcomes in Mathematics/Science Education (PROM/SE), an NSF Mathematics and Science Partnership.

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