Philip P. Halloran, PhD

Title: Professor of Mathematics
Company: Central Connecticut State University
Location: New Britain, Connecticut, United States

Philip P. Halloran, PhD, Professor of Mathematics at Central Connecticut State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mathematics.

Upon earning a Bachelor of Science in physics from Worcester State College in 1963, Dr. Halloran took on his first teaching role that same year with Springfield Public Schools in Massachusetts. The school was originally having difficulty in finding employees to teach mathematics and science, leading him to take on three science and mathematics classes. The principal told him that they were going to get a teacher depending on what he did not want to teach. He then suggested to her that it was difficult to teach science without equipment or a lab, which is how he ended up sticking with mathematics. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Halloran received a Master of Arts in liberal science and mathematics from Wesleyan University in 1970, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in mathematics education from the University of Connecticut in 1976.

Dr. Halloran continued teaching until 1970, which is when Springfield Public Schools promoted him to the director of mathematics education, remaining until 1991. Since 1991, he has notably served as a professor of mathematical science at Central Connecticut State University. Looking back on his illustrious career, Dr. Halloran’s career highlight is being one of six people to author a K-8 Mathematics series from 1982 to 1991, which was the second bestselling mathematics book in 1989 and 1990. When the book was published, thousands of students were learning mathematics through their program as if they were teaching them, bringing him great joy and fulfillment. They had more influence in mathematics on young people than anyone else at the time.

Looking toward the future, Dr. Halloran plans to continue teaching his classes, to be very productive in any of his endeavors and to be the best mathematics educator in the state of Connecticut. With this sentiment, he is in consideration of commencing his well-deserved retirement. As a testament to his success, Dr. Halloran was named a finalist for the Excellence on Teaching Award given by Central Connecticut State University and received the Best Mathematical Program Education Series in the Country in 1996. Additionally, he has been inducted as a member of the National Science Foundation, National Council of Teachers in Mathematics, Associated Teachers in Mathematics of Connecticut and Curriculum Associations.

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