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Thomas A. Romberg

Title: Bascom Professor of Education
Company: Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Location: Fitchburg, Wisconsin, United States

Thomas A. Romberg, Bascom Professor of Education within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mathematics and statistics.

Dr. Romberg earned Bachelor of Science in mathematics and a Master of Science in secondary education from Omaha University and completed his Ph.D. in mathematics education from Stanford University. Over the course of his career, he has served as the chair of the Commission on Standards, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the director of the National Center for Research, Teaching and Learning of Mathematics of the United States Department of Education. He has been named Fulbright fellow in the former Soviet Republic, a Spencer fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, a research fellow of University of Tasmania, and a National Science Foundation visiting professor at the University of Delhi. He has maintained professional affiliations with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Math Association of America, the International Group of Psychology of Learning Mathematics and the American Educational Research Association.

Dr. Romberg is most proud to have served as the chairman of a Mathematics Education group that established curriculum evaluation standards in 1989, one of the first standardization working groups in science and reading, and volunteered with the National Science Foundation to review universities in South Africa in 2008. He has given talks to math education groups in 50 countries and contributed to works such as “A Common Curriculum for Mathematics,” “Problematic Features of the School Mathematics Curriculum,” “Perspectives on Scholarship and Research Methods,” “Mathematics Classrooms that Promote Understanding,” “Standards-based Mathematics Assessment in Middle School” and “Understanding in Mathematics and Science Matters.”

For his achievements, Dr. Romberg has presented with accolades such as the American Educational Research Association’s Research Review Award, the Interpretive Scholarship Award, the Professional Service Award, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Lifetime Achievement Medal, the International Distinguished Leadership Award in Mathematics Education from the University of South Africa and the Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to being elected to the National Education Academy, he has been named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and the Mathematics Educator of the 20th Century by the University of South Africa.

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