Zalman Usiskin, UCSMP director 1987-2019, retires as director of UCSMP.
June 25, 2019
Associated with UCSMP since its first conceptions in 1982 and inception in 1983, Emeritus Professor of Education Zalman Usiskin has retired at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. “I have just become a grandfather for the first time and my new granddaughter does not live in the Chicago area and I wish to spend significant time with her. Also, this school year marks the end of my 50th year at the university – I began as an Assistant Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education in 1969-70 – and after 11 years as an emeritus professor it seemed a fitting time to step away."
Usiskin headed the development of three editions of the UCSMP texts for middle and high school, including the current editions published by UChicagoSolutions, workshops for teachers, and all but the first UCSMP newsletter. He oversaw six of the seven international conferences organized by UCSMP, the last three in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum. To many he was the voice of UCSMP to the broader mathematics education community. Usiskin gives up his office at the university but will continue to be involved in mathematics education and will remain in touch with UCSMP.
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