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Mathematics education professor honored by Texas A&M

Kristen B. Morales

March 31, 2017

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A longtime mathematics education professor has been recognized by Texas A&M University for his lifetime of contributions to the field.

Jeremy Kilpatrick, a Regents Professor who recently retired from the UGA College of Education's department of mathematics and science education, will receive the 2017 Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education. The award will be presented during the annual Mathematics Matters in Education workshop in early April.

The award recognizes his more than 50 years of contributions to mathematics education research, notes the award committee, and many of his papers, book chapters and books are now standard references in the field's literature.

According to the citation from Texas A&M announcing the honor, "Kilpatrick's numerous contributions and services to mathematics education have rested on his extraordinary ability to reflect on, critically analyze and synthesize essential aspects of mathematics education as it has developed since the early 20th century, while always insisting on the need for reconciliation and balance among the points of view taken, the approaches undertaken, and the methodologies adopted for research."

After receiving his doctorate in mathematics education in 1967 from Stanford University, Kilpatrick taught at Columbia University's Teachers College before joining the University of Georgia faculty in 1975. Along with several Fulbright awards, an honorary doctorate from Gothenburg University in Sweden and other lifetime achievement awards, Kilpatrick was selected as an inaugural Fellow of the American Educational Research Association in 2009 and elected to the U.S. National Academy of Education in 2010.