Athens, Georgia, home of the University of Georgia, is located 61 miles northeast of Atlanta. Well-known for its beautiful ante-bellum homes and world-famous music scene, Athens is a classic college town with great southern charm. Athens is a "college town," large and modern enough to provide resources for pleasurable living, but still small enough to be "home." Athens-Clarke County has a combined population of approximately 90,000. Athens' elevation is 600 to 800 feet above mean sea level, and because of its geographic location, the city is sheltered from much of the extreme weather of the winter season. Average minimum and maximum temperatures for January are 33 and 53 F., and for July, 68 and 89 F. Average rainfall is 50.42 inches. Two hospitals offer comprehensive health care service in addition to the University's health center on campus. There are more than 80 churches in the area. Athens' location allows easy access to the cultural, sporting, and entertainment activities in Atlanta; the ski slopes in North Carolina; the beaches in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina; and to numerous state parks and scenic areas.


The University of Georgia, the nation's first state-chartered university, was founded in 1785 on the premise that higher education should be available to the citizens of the state of Georgia. In 1801, the first classes were held in a rough, one-room wooden building erected on a hill overlooking the Oconee River. Today, this dynamic institution of higher education has grown to a campus of more than 600 acres, enrolling more than 30,000 students from all 50 states and more than 130 foreign countries. The university is made up of thirteen schools and colleges offering a full array of educational opportunities from baccalaureate through doctoral and professional degrees in a wide range of disciplines. Ranked 20th among 100 American public universities based on quality and cost by Kiplinger's magazine and 26th on U.S. News & World Report's list of 50 top public universities, this historic institution is in its third century of service.


The College of Education offers a vision of education as a significant expression of human resource development. It offers exemplary programs for the preparation of teachers and other personnel for elementary and secondary schools. Additionally, it offers programs to prepare professionals to design, manage, and implement instructional and training programs in settings such as business and industry and to utilize new technologies such as the computer. In its role of educational leadership, the College provides pre-service and in-service training programs, conducts research to solve educational problems, and offers outreach services to all types and levels of educational institutions. The College's programs are accredited by the appropriate state, regional, and national accrediting bodies. Over the past few years, the College has gained wide recognition as one of the country's foremost educational institutions. Rankings in both popular and professional publications consistently place the College among the top tier of public and private schools. This status is also reflected in the faculty's ability to attract external funding for research, instruction, and service projects.


The Department of Mathematics Education, founded in 1966, was one of the most active programs in mathematics education in the world. The deparment was merged with the Department of Science Education in 2004 to become the Department of Mathematics and Science Education. The faculty includes regular faculty, visiting faculty, affiliated mathematics education faculty members in other departments and four professor emiritus faculty. This group has diverse interests in mathematics education and has provided leadership in many areas; the faculty include two former editors of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education; authors for various school mathematics series; authors of college textbooks and research books; editor of the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education; and present and past leaders in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, School Science and Mathematics Association, and Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The instructional program serves undergraduate prospective elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers of mathematics, inservice mathematics teachers, and full time graduate students. There are approximately 35 prospective secondary teachers who complete the program each year and approximately 60 full time graduate students.

Research and Development Interests

Scholarly inquiry characterizes any productive university department. Because of its size and diversity this department has an unusually broad range of research interests represented. These include: curriculum development in mathematics, analysis of policy issues, research on problem solving in mathematics, concepts of variable and function, learning of algebra, children's number concept development, computers in mathematics education, classroom interaction in mathematics classes, children's counting strategies and algorithm development, teacher education in mathematics, evaluation of mathematics programs, assessment in mathematics classrooms, and leadership in mathematics education. Some of these interests have led to funded research and development projects with Mathematics Education faculty serving as Project Directors or Principal Investigators.

Our Address

The University of Georgia, Department of Mathematics and Science Education
105 Aderhold Hall, Athens, GA 30602-7124
Telephone: 706-542-4194
Fax: 706-542-4551

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