Profile: Kathryn Chval
I was named acting dean of the College of Education in 2015 and am a professor of mathematics education, I have been at MU since 2003. During my tenure, I have led several inclusion and diversity initiatives to help faculty, professional staff and students initiate a conversation about diversity.
Some of my initiatives have included enhancing the undergraduate curriculum to better equip future teachers for teaching children from diverse backgrounds and establishing new social space and associated programming that opened in August 2015.
Prior to joining MU, I was Acting Section Head for the Teacher Professional Continuum Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where I oversaw a $56 million budget. I have directed or co-directed research teams that received nearly $21 million in funding and has been funded continuously by the NSF since 1995.
Additionally, I have authored more than 60 research publications and was the recipient of the prestigious NSF Early Career Award and the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Early Career Award. My research focuses on effective preparation models and support structures for teachers, effective elementary mathematics teaching for English language learners, and curriculum standards and policies.