Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia mathematics education professor James W. Wilson has received the 2008 Gladys M. Thomason Award for Distinguished Service from the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Wilson, a professor in the College of Education’s department of mathematics and science education, is nationally recognized for his scholarly contributions to mathematics education. His research has focused on problem solving, assessment and technology during a career that has spanned 50 years.
Wilson also has made a substantial contribution to the field through his curriculum writing. Over a 20-year period, he authored two textbook series for grades K-8 and a college methods textbook.
Wilson served as editor of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education during a crucial time in its history and helped raise it to its current prominence. He is considered by many mathematics educators to be at the forefront of using technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics.
In 2001, Wilson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics.
Wilson joined the UGA faculty in 1968 and earned his doctorate in mathematics education from Stanford University. He earned three master’s degrees in mathematics-from Kansas State Teacher’s College, Stanford and Notre Dame universities. He received a B.S. in social science and science from Kansas State Teacher’s College.