National Advisors

Kathy E. Stumpf

Dr. Richard Askey

Dr. Richard Askey is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences with Honorary Doctor of Science from Sastra University in India. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, Member of the National Academy of Sciences, has served on multiple advisory committees, and is a reviewer of many works in Mathematics. Dr. Askey’s most recent award is an Honorary Professorship at the East China Normal University in Shaghai. This is a significant recognition of his lifelong commitment to excellence in Mathematics.

Dr. Francis (Skip) Fennell

Dr. Francis (Skip) Fennell

Dr. Francis (Skip) Fennell is a mathematics educator and has experience as a classroom teacher, a principal, and a supervisor of instruction.  He is currently Professor Emeritus at McDaniel College, serves as the Director of the Elementary Mathematics Specialist & Teacher Leaders (ems&tl) Project, and is a Past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Dr. Fennell is widely published in professional journals and textbooks related to elementary and middle-grade mathematics education, and has authored chapters in yearbooks and resource books published by NCTM.  In addition, he has played key leadership roles in the Research Council for Mathematics Learning, Mathematical Sciences Education Board, National Science Foundation, Maryland Mathematics Commission, United States National Commission for Mathematics Instruction, and Association for Mathematics Teacher Educators.

Dr. William G. McCallum

Dr. William G. McCallum

Dr. William G. McCallum is a University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of Arizona. Born in Sydney, Australia in 1956, he received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University in 1984, under the supervision of Barry Mazur. After spending two years at the University of California, Berkeley, and one year at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, he joined the faculty at the University of Arizona in 1987. In 1989, he joined the Harvard calculus consortium, and is the lead author of the consortium's multivariable calculus and college algebra texts. In 199394, he spent a year at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, and in 1995–96, he spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study on a Centennial Fellowship from the American Mathematical Society. In 2005, he received the Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars from the National Science Foundation. In 2006, he founded the Institute for Mathematics and Education at the University of Arizona, and is currently its director. In 2009–2010, he was one of the lead writers for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. His professional interests include arithmetical algebraic geometry and mathematics education. He has received grants and written articles, essays, and books in both areas.

Dr. Maggie B. McGatha

Dr. Maggie B. McGatha

Dr. Maggie B. McGatha is an Associate Professor of mathematics education in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville. She is a former middle school mathematics teacher. At the university level, she has taught elementary and middle school mathematics methods courses and currently teaches courses on coaching and mentoring. Dr. McGatha works with coaches, teacher leaders, and administrators and is certified as an Agency Trainer and as a National Training Associate for Cognitive Coaching Seminars®. She is a co-author of Mathematics Coaching: Resources and Tools for Coaches and Leaders, K12. She received her doctorate from Vanderbilt University (Tennessee), her master’s degree from Austin Peay State University (Tennessee) and her bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University (Kentucky).

Dr. Denise A. Spangler

Dr. Denise A. Spangler

Dr. Denise A. Spangler is the Bebe Aderhold Professor in Early Childhood Education, Professor of Mathematics Education, and Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff Services in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. Her primary instructional focus is mathematics methods courses for preservice elementary education majors. At the graduate level she teaches courses on teaching, learning, and teacher education. Her primary area of research is the development of preservice elementary school teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching, both in their preservice and induction years. In July she will embark upon a follow up study of teachers with 10+ years of experience who she studied when they were preservice teachers through their second year of teaching. Denise has served as chair of the editorial panel for both the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education and Mathematics Teacher Educator. She is in her third term as an elected member of the Clarke County School District Board of Education.

"The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple."

– S. Gudder, Mathematician