Friday, August 12, 2011

Joe Krajcik to direct the Institute for Research on Mathematics and Science Education at MSU

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This fall, Joe Krajcik, professor, will retire from the School of Education to accept a unique professional opportunity to direct a new Institute for Research on Mathematics and Science Education at Michigan State University. Joe has been a leader here at the University of Michigan and in the School of Education, and has contributed in countless ways to our strong reputation and the incredible quality of our unusual work in science education. I am very proud of the nature of the science education research, teaching, and teacher education at SOE, the relationships we have across campus and beyond with the nation’s top science departments, the deep connections we have with local schools, including Detroit, and the respect we have from teachers, school leaders, and scientists. Joe has influenced and contributed to all of this for over two decades. With colleagues, Joe has established the productive and visible Center for Highly Interactive Classrooms, Curriculum, and Computing in Education (hi-ce), the University of Michigan Instructional Development and Educational Assessment (IDEA) Institute, and Foundations for Undergraduate Teaching: Uniting Research and Education (FUTURE). Joe has nurtured and developed many new scholars. He has raised millions of dollars and built extensive resources and capacity here. Joe has also served as associate dean for research, and has played an important role within our school as well as across campus.

I know that Joe will take his tremendous passion for math and science education to MSU and will remain a terrific leader and collaborator in the field. Please join me in congratulating him on this great opportunity! To honor Joe for his 21 years at U-M, we will hold a reception early this fall. I hope you will be able to participate.

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