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  1. So You Want to be a Math Educator? Lani Horn University of Washington

  2. Overview of Talk • What does a math educator do? • What are some big questions in the field? • What is the job market like?

  3. What does a math educator do? • Research university faculty • Think tank work • Teaching university • District personnel • Consulting

  4. What does a math educator do? • Research university faculty* • Think tank work* • Teaching university • District personnel • Consulting*Ph.D. needed

  5. Math Dept: College of Ed:


  6. Math Dept: Teach math & math ed. Tend to be larger depts. Need masters in math More interaction with mathematicians College of Ed: Teach math ed. Tend to be small, more diverse depts. Need Ph.D. in math ed. Less involvement with mathematicians

  7. Expectations for Tenure • Research and Scholarly Activity • “Productivity” • External Funding • Teaching • Service

  8. What are big questions in the field? • How do people learn math? • How should we teach to optimize student learning? • How do we support teachers’ improvement of practice? • International comparisons

  9. What is the job market like? • It’s an applicants’ market: • 80% of math ed faculty are eligible for retirement in the next ten yearsfrom “An Acute Shortage of Doctorates in Mathematics Education” (Reys 2000)

  10. Job Openings Go Unfilled • 2000-2001: 49% of vacancies unfilled • 2001-2002: 37% of vacancies unfilled • 2002-2003: 42% of vacancies unfilled

  11. For more info on the field: • RAND Mathematics Study Panel • NCTM’s Classics in Math Education • Lampert’s Teaching Problems & the Problems of Teaching • Boaler’s Experiencing School Mathematics • Ma’s Knowing and Teaching Elementary Math • TIMSS Studies

  12. For More Info On Jobs: • Chronicle of Higher Education • Professional Conferences (NCTM, PME)

  13. Now it’s time for your questions!