In a memorandum sent out by Dean Michael R. Heithaus, we’ve learned Dr. Edgar Fuller has been appointed Director of the newly established Center for Transformation of Teaching Mathematics.
Dr. Fuller joined the faculty of the Mathematics and Statistics Department earlier this year as a Distinguished University Professor and Associate Director of the STEM Transformation Institute. Prior to joining FIU, he served on the faculty in the Department of Mathematics at West Virginia University since 2002 and as department chair since 2008. From 2016-2018 he also served as the Science and Technology Policy Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He began his postdoctoral career at Duke University. His research, using topological methods to develop measures of reliability for autonomous control systems for aircrafts, earned him the Tycho Brahe Award from NASA’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance. With a focus on mathematics, and computer and data science, Dr. Fuller brings considerable experience in the area of mathematics education and outreach at both the undergraduate level and in K-12. He has published several papers regarding effective pathways through mathematics courses for STEM majors as well as the identification of affective factors impacting student self-efficacy, persistence and success. As the Principal Investigator for an NSF STEM-R award, he currently studies the role of anxiety and personality in the performance of students in mathematics courses. Dr. Fuller received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1999.
Dr. Fuller will lead the center in its mission to improve learning outcomes of students in lower-division mathematics courses, and improving student success across the university.