Philip Uri Treisman is University Distinguished Teaching Professor, professor of mathematics and professor of public affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the founder and executive director of the University’s Charles A. Dana Center, which works on the equity-minded improvement of American mathematics and science education at scale.
Treisman is a founder and member of the governing board of Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics. He serves as a representative of the American Mathematical Society to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Education, Section Q) and as a senior advisor to the Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences Research Advisory Group. In addition, he serves as a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Data Science Postsecondary Education.
Treisman has served as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Education Commission of the States since 2013. He served as founding chairman of the Expert Advisory Board for Strong Start to Finish, a joint initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and Ascendium Education Group that works nationally to ensure that all students get a strong start in their first year of college and finish with the skills they need to thrive. Treisman has served on the STEM working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges of the American Association of Community Colleges, and the Commission on Mathematics and Science Education of the Carnegie Corporation of New York Institute for Advanced Study. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the International Society for Design and Development in Education.
Treisman's research and professional interests span mathematics and science education, education policy, social and developmental psychology, community service, and volunteerism. For his leadership of national education initiatives, he has received the Mathematical Association of America’s Yueh-Gin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics (2019), the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics’ Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award (2016), and the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ Mathematics Excellence Award (2016).
For Treisman's work in supporting high achievement in mathematics of students from groups historically underrepresented in STEM professions, he received the 1987 Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievement in American Higher Education. In 1992, he was named a MacArthur Fellow.
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