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## So You Want to be a Math Educator?

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**So You Want to be a Math Educator?**Lani Horn University of Washington**Overview of Talk**• What does a math educator do? • What are some big questions in the field? • What is the job market like?**What does a math educator do?**• Research university faculty • Think tank work • Teaching university • District personnel • Consulting**What does a math educator do?**• Research university faculty* • Think tank work* • Teaching university • District personnel • Consulting*Ph.D. needed**Math Dept:**College of Ed:**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**Expectations for Tenure**• Research and Scholarly Activity • “Productivity” • External Funding • Teaching • Service**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**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)**Job Openings Go Unfilled**• 2000-2001: 49% of vacancies unfilled • 2001-2002: 37% of vacancies unfilled • 2002-2003: 42% of vacancies unfilled**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**For More Info On Jobs:**• Chronicle of Higher Education • Professional Conferences (NCTM, PME)