Assistant Director - National Science Foundation/Education and Human Resources

Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy is the Assistant Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) for Education and Human Resources (EHR), a position she has held since 2011. Previously at NSF, she served as inaugural director of EHR’s Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings. Dr. Ferrini-Mundy served as an ex officio member of the U.S. President’s National Mathematics Advisory Panel, and co-chaired its Instructional Practices Task Group (2007-2008). She served on the Mathematics Expert Group of the Programme for International Student Assessment (2009-2012). She serves as co-chair of the White House National Science and Technology Council’s Federal Coordination in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Task Force. Prior to coming to NSF, she was a University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education in the Departments of Mathematics and Teacher Education, and Associate Dean for Science and Mathematics Education, at Michigan State University. Ferrini-Mundy holds a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of New Hampshire. She was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011), and a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Women in Mathematics (2013). She began her career as a high school mathematics teacher. Her research interests are in calculus learning, mathematics teacher knowledge, and K-12 STEM education policy.



Hoyles, C. & Ferrini-Mundy, J. (2013). Policy implications of developing mathematics education research. In M.A. Clements, A.J. Bishop, C. Keitel, J. Kilpatrick, F.K.S. Leung (Eds.), Third International Handbook of Mathematics Education (pp. 485-515). New York, NY: Springer.

McCrory, R., Floden, R., Ferrini-Mundy, J., Reckase, M.D., & Senk, S.L. (2012). Knowledge of algebra for teaching: A framework of knowledge and practices. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 43(5), 584-614.

Ferrini-Mundy, J. (2013). Perspectives americaines. In Chevallier – LeGuyader, M-F., and Dabadie, J-M. (Eds.) Partager la science: L’illesttrisme scientifique en question. Actes Sud, IHEST.

Gersten, R., Ferrini-Mundy, J., Benbow, C., Clements, D., Loveless, T., Williams, V., Arispe, I., & Banfield, M. (2008). Report of the task group on instructional practices. In National Mathematics Advisory Panel, Foundations for success: Reports of the task groups and subcommittees (pp. 6-iii – 6-224).

Ferrini-Mundy, J. (2013). Driven by Diversity. Science, 340 (66130), 278.


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