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Dr. Hersh C. Waxman, director of the Education Research Center (ERC) at Texas A&M University and a professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture (TLAC), has been appointed as a co-director of the Texas A&M Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE), effective March 1, 2016.

Established in 1985 as a collaborative effort between Texas A&M's College of Science and College of Education and Human Development, the CMSE supports the ever-changing needs of state and national public educators and policy makers by providing and promoting resources to enhance science and mathematics education.

The center was restructured in 2000 to reflect its current four-co-director organizational setup and an increasingly proactive approach in response to a growing national movement later summed up in the National Academies' 2005 report Rising Above the Gathering Storm. In the past decade, the CMSE has attracted nearly $30 million in funding from both public and private sectors in its broad-based effort to help guide policy makers and education-oriented organizations across Texas and the U.S. toward a brighter global future for mathematics and science education.

Waxman replaces longtime TLAC professor Dr. Gerald Kulm, who retired in 2012. He was selected for a five-year term on the basis of his vast teacher preparation experience and expertise in assessment, according to Dr. Timothy P. Scott, who has served as one of the center's four co-directors since 2000.

"We are extremely excited to have Hersh officially join our center," said Scott, an associate professor of biology and science education policy as well as associate dean for undergraduate programs and development in the College of Science. "We have loved working with him and his team on previous projects and assessments. His continued contributions will be invaluable to CMSE efforts and to forging stronger ties between our two colleges as well as in enhancing the overall STEM presence across Texas A&M University."

Waxman, a TLAC Faculty Fellow in Teacher Education, joined the Texas A&M faculty in 2006 and has served since 2007 as ERC director. He received his Ph.D. in public policy analysis, educational research and evaluation from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1983 and then completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. His vast career experience includes serving as associate dean for research and director of the Educational Research Center at the University of Houston and as a principal researcher and senior research associate at the National Research Center for Education in the Inner Cities and the National Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence.

A decorated educator, researcher and educational consultant, Waxman's many awards include the 1989 UIC College of Education Distinguished Alumnus Award as well as Outstanding Research Awards from the American Educational Research Association, the Southwest Educational Research Association, and the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. At the University of Houston, he also received the Teaching Excellence Award, the College of Education Research Excellence Award and the College of Education Alumnus Faculty Excellence Award.

Waxman has authored or co-authored more than 150 research articles about urban education, classroom-learning environments and students at risk of failure. His articles have appeared in journals such as the International Journal of Educational Research, Learning Environment Research: An International Journal, Journal of Educational Research, Bilingual Research Journal, Urban Education, Journal of Educational Computing Research and Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. He has co-edited several books, including Research on Technology Use in Multicultural Settings (Information Age, 2015), Preparing Quality Educators for English Language Learners (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2006), Observational Research in U. S. Classrooms: New Approaches for Understanding Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and Research on Educational Resiliency: Student, Teacher and School Perspectives (Information Age Publishing, 2004).

In addition to evaluating many national, regional and local programs, Waxman has collaboratively worked with numerous school districts, colleges and universities, state agencies, and organizations, such as the International Baccalaureate, United Way of Greater Houston, Greater Houston Collaborative for Children, National Dairy Council, IBM, Jostens Inc., Junior Achievement, Child-Parent Centers, Child Advocates Inc, and the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. Recently, he has evaluated several programs for the Texas Education Agency and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, including the STEM Collaborative for Teacher Professional Learning at Texas A&M; the Math, Science, Technology Teacher Preparation Academies (MSTTPA); the Career and College Readiness Initiative Faculty Collaboratives (CCRI); the College Readiness Assignments Field Test (CRAFT) and GO Center Programs in Texas High Schools.

Click here to learn more about Waxman and his teaching, research and professional service to mathematics and science education and related public policy.

For additional information about the Texas A&M Center for Mathematics and Science Education and related initiatives, visit http://cmse.tamu.edu.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Timothy P. Scott, (979) 845-7362 or tim@science.tamu.edu

Hutchins Shana

  • Dr. Hersh C. Waxman

  • Waxman (second from right), interacting in a recent Center for Mathematics and Science Education meeting along with CMSE teammates (from left) Jennifer Whitfield, Laura Wilding, Dr. Carolyn Schroeder, Adrienne Bentz and fellow co-director Dr. Timothy P. Scott.

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