Regents Professor Kilpatrick named inaugural AERA Fellow

Regents Professor Jeremy Kilpatrick named inaugural AERA Fellow

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia Regents Professor of mathematics education Jeremy Kilpatrick has been named an inaugural Fellow of the American Educational Research Association in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in education research.

Kilpatrick, a professor in the College of Education’s department of mathematics and science education, will be officially inducted into the inaugural class of AERA Fellows at the association’s annual meeting in San Diego in April.

“Jeremy Kilpatrick has done more through his leadership to bring about recognition of mathematics education as a scholarly discipline than any other single individual,” said James Wilson, a UGA colleague and another nationally esteemed professor in mathematics education.

In 2008, Kilpatrick co-chaired a committee on mathematics and science education for the National Academy of Education’s Education Policy White Papers Project, an initiative designed to help policymakers in the new administration and Congress better understand key education issues and to help them create effective policies by providing them with independent, research-based information. The initial results of the project were presented at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., in November 2008.

Kilpatrick, a charter member of the National Research Council’s Mathematical Sciences Education Board, has received many awards for his work. Most notable of these is the 2007 Felix Klein Medal honoring lifetime achievement in mathematics education from the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction. He also was honored with the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics Education from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Kilpatrick chaired the committee that created Adding it Up, a report published in 2001 by the National Research Council regarding proficiency in arithmetic. Despite high tensions in the field at the time regarding appropriate goals for math instruction, the panel hammered out a consensus view of what it means to be proficient in elementary school mathematics.

Recognized internationally, Kilpatrick has taught courses in mathematics education at European and Latin American universities and has received Fulbright awards for his work in New Zealand, Spain, Colombia and Sweden.

Kilpatrick joined the UGA faculty in 1975. He earned his doctorate in mathematics education at Stanford University in 1967. He received his M.S. in mathematics from Stanford in 1962 and his M.A. in education from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1960. He received his A.B. in mathematics from UC Berkeley in 1956 and an A.A. in mathematics and science from Chaffey College in 1954.

Kilpatrick is the second UGA College of Education faculty member to be named an inaugural Fellow of the AERA. His colleague, Mary M. Atwater, a professor of science education in the department, also was selected and will be honored at the annual meeting.