Robert K. Berry III, Professor of Mathematical Education Samuel Braley Gray and Deputy Dean for Diversity, Justice and Inclusion at the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development, has been appointed to the National Academy of Education.
The academy, founded in 1965, annually elects members on the basis of scholarships related to education. The academy selected Berry this year along with 16 other leading researchers and faculty.
“It is a worthy honor for Robert Berry, whose contribution to mathematics education and equity education is world class,” said UVA President Jim Ryan. “But more importantly, his work has improved the lives of countless students, in part because of his belief that learning brings joy and that natural curiosity needs to be nurtured. I have long been a fan of Robert’s work and I am very glad that he was recognized by the National Academy. ”
A member of the UVA faculty since 2005, Berry teaches mathematical methods and graduate courses at the School of Education and Human Development. His science and research focuses on equity issues in mathematics education. Among other topics, Berry is a leading expert on connecting mathematics education with the problems of social justice and helps students find joy in math.
In 2020, he was appointed Deputy Dean of the School for Diversity, Justice and Inclusion.
“Robert’s membership in the National Academy of Education is indeed a sign of his extraordinary growth and influence in mathematics education and, more broadly, as a scientist-leader,” said Bob Pianta, dean of the School of Education and Human Development. “At the national level, Robert is highly respected as a leader, scholar and thinker, and I know I stand up for all of us at the School of Education and Human Development and the University, expressing our sense of happiness in being part of our community.”
“It is a great honor for me to be elected to the National Academy of Education,” Berry said. “The Academy is an outstanding group of scientists, and the 2022 cohort I belong to is an incredible group. I’m surprised to be among them. ”
Berry noted that his colleagues and experience in UVA have shaped his development as a teacher and researcher. “Several colleagues at the School of Education and Human Development had an impact at the beginning of my academic career,” he said. “I honestly believe that what I learned from my colleagues pushed me as a scientist.”
Berry has held various leadership positions, including in the past being president of the National Council of Mathematics Teachers, the world’s largest organization for mathematics education. He has published more than 100 articles, chapters of books and collections, and is a two-time winner of the National Council of Mathematics Teachers Award for Communication Research and Practical Publications. The Virginia Mathematics Teachers Council recognized him as the best mathematics teacher in 2011, and in 2011 he received the University’s UVA Teaching Award.