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William McCallum


  • Higher Ed: Mathematics 


William G. McCallum is a University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of Arizona. Born in Sydney, Australia in 1956, he graduated with honors and a University Medal from the University of New South Wales in 1977, and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University in 1984, under the supervision of Barry Mazur. After spending two years at the University of California, Berkeley, and one at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, he joined the faculty at the University of Arizona in 1987. In 1989 he joined the Harvard calculus consortium, and he is the lead author of the consortium's multivariable calculus and college algebra texts. In 1993-94 he spent a year at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, and in 1995-96 he spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study on a Centennial Fellowship from the American Mathematical Society. In 2005 he received the Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars from the National Science Foundation. His professional interests include arithmetic algebraic geometry and mathematics education. He has received grants and written articles, essays, and books in both areas. He is currently director of the Institute for Mathematics and Education at the University of Arizona. 


Number Theory, Undergraduate Curriculum Development, Collaboration between Mathematicians and Educators 


Assessing the Strands of Student Proficiency in Elementary Algebra, to appear in the proceedings of "Assessing Students' Mathematical Learning: Issues, Costs and Benefits, MSRI, March 7 - 10, 2004."

Computer Algebra and Human Algebra, Proceedings of KAIST International Symposium on Enhancing University Mathematics Teaching, May 12-16, 2005, Daejon, Korea.