Dr. Vince P. Schielack, associate professor of mathematics at Texas A&M University, has been selected by The Texas A&M University System as a 2012-2013 member of the Chancellor's Academy of Teacher Educators honoring individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of teacher education across the Texas A&M System.

Schielack, a 1978 Texas A&M mathematics graduate and 30-year expert in mathematics education, joins Dr. Karen Sue Bradley, Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Dr. Ashley Campbell, West Texas A&M University; Dr. James Edward Gentry, Tarleton State University; and Dr. Barbara Hammack, Texas A&M University-Commerce as the latest inductees into the elite educator group, established in 2011 to highlight the Texas A&M System's role in producing K-12 teachers for the state of Texas.

"Through his teaching, scholarship and service related to teacher preparation, Dr. Vince Schielack has been and continues to be a critical contributor to the strength of Texas A&M University's teacher preparation program, particularly in the area of preparing secondary mathematics teachers," said Dr. H. Joseph Newton, dean of the Texas A&M College of Science. "He is very deserving of being named to the Chancellor's Academy of Teacher Educators."

Academy members each receive a $1,000 stipend, a commemorative medallion, a certificate and recognition at the Chancellor's Century Council Annual Banquet, scheduled for Friday, March 1, in Austin and featuring a keynote address by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Nominees must be full-time faculty members from any A&M System university who have made a significant impact on teacher preparation.

Schielack, who joined the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics faculty in 1982, has taught courses for pre-service elementary and secondary mathematics teachers for three decades, serving as the secondary mathematics certification advisor for Texas A&M University for more than two of them. Each year, he teaches 3 to 4 secondary- and middle-school mathematics teacher education courses, in which he is renowned for implementing an instructional approach that encourages discussion and interaction among his students to help promote the development of mathematical language, a skill most important for future mathematics teachers.

In addition, Schielack is the teaching field advisor for all Texas A&M students seeking certification in secondary mathematics -- a responsibility that includes advising students in the University Studies program for Secondary Mathematics Teaching and the aggieTEACH program, as well as students working on adding teaching certification to their degrees in mathematics or other fields. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Future Aggie Mathematics Educators (FAME), a student organization he initiated to provide a professional community for students across various departments and colleges working towards certification in teaching secondary mathematics.

"Throughout many state and local changes in mathematics certification requirements, Vince Schielack has provided a continuous level of high expectations and support for students preparing to be mathematics teachers," said Dr. Timothy P. Scott, associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Science and a co-director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE). "In his role as a teacher educator, he has brought positive contributions to Texas A&M University's teacher preparation program through his involvement in activities at the national, state and local levels."

Nationally, Schielack has served on the ETS SAT II Mathematics Committee and graded for the Advanced Placement Mathematics examination. In addition, he has served as Problem Coordinator for the International Mathematical Olympiad and participates on the planning committee for the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl competitions at both the high school and middle school levels. He brings current ideas from each of these activities into his courses for pre-service secondary mathematics teachers, preparing his students not only for their everyday teaching expectations, but also introducing them to the different enrichment opportunities available -- many of which provide significant possible scholarship funding for their future students. Schielack also is involved in the Association of Public and Land-grant University's Science and Mathematics Initiative as a member of the East Central Texas Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership, a group specifically focused on identifying appropriate content preparation for secondary mathematics teachers.

In Texas circles, Schielack is a member of the Board for the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT), the annual state conference for mathematics teachers that attracts an average of 6,000 participants, and represents the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America. In collaboration with other Texas A&M System institutions, he has participated in several National Science Foundation-funded programs for improving mathematics and science teaching and learning in teacher preparation. In addition, Schielack has supported the continuing education of the teacher education students in these programs as they move into teaching positions through his leadership of statewide professional development institutes sponsored by federal and corporate funding, such as the Dwight D. Eisenhower Higher Education Grants, Woodrow Wilson Institutes, and the Texas Instruments' Teachers Teaching with Technology program.

As a result of Schielack's work with Texas Instruments in the early stages of their design of the graphing calculator and with Key Curriculum Press in their development of the Geometer's Sketchpad software, he designed and continues to teach an upper-division course in Mathematics and Technology (MATH 403) for Texas A&M students working toward secondary mathematics certification. This course was one of the first in the state to bring instruction in the use of content-specific technology into secondary mathematics teacher preparation.

Schielack's career commitment to excellence in educational outreach and teacher preparation has been recognized with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl Distinguished Service Award (2006), the Texas Section-Mathematical Association of America's Distinguished Service Award (2005) and the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics' Outstanding Service Award (1996).

Schielack received his bachelor's in mathematics from Texas A&M in 1978, his master's in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (1980) and his Ph.D. in mathematics education from The University of Texas at Austin (1982).

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Vince Schielack, (979) 845-6028 or vinces@math.tamu.edu

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    Texas A&M mathematician and mathematics education expert Vince Schielack (center), a 2012-2013 Chancellor's Academy of Teacher Educators inductee, is nationally recognized for his efforts in both teacher preparation and mathematics and science outreach. In addition to his Texas A&M teaching and advising roles, he is a mainstay of College of Science educational outreach events, including Regional Science Bowl (above) and Texas Junior Academy of Science (below).

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