Roger Verhey, state leader in programs to improve math education in schools, named professor emeritus at UM-Dearborn

January 24, 2007

DEARBORN / Jan. 24, 2007---Roger Verhey, professor of mathematics and education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and founding director of the campus’s Center for Mathematics Education, has been named professor emeritus following his retirement at the end of last year.

His appointment to emeritus status was approved by the U-M Regents at their January meeting.

“Professor Verhey has had a significant and lasting impact on mathematics education in the state of Michigan,” according to the Regents memorandum on Verhey’s retirement.

Over the course of his career, Verhey helped generations of students prepare to teach mathematics at the elementary and secondary levels, and he wrote numerous articles and presented papers at state and national conferences.

He was active in the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics and served as president in 2002. He received the group’s service award in 2000 and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics Education in 2004.

Verhey joined the UM-Dearborn mathematics faculty in 1965, was appointed to associate professor with tenure in 1968 and professor in 1972. He also was appointed professor of education in 1987.

In 2001, Verhey led the establishment of the campus’s Center for Mathematics Education, an initiative to recruit and prepare high-quality mathematics teachers and support them with professional development throughout their careers. Among other projects, the Center has had a strong focus on working with middle school math teachers in southeastern Michigan working directly with Detroit Public Schools, Taylor Public Schools and with school districts in Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw counties through their intermediate school districts.

Verhey received his bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in 1960, and his master’s and doctoral degrees at the U-M Ann Arbor campus in 1961 and 1966. He was a Fulbright Lecturer in mathematics in Sri Lanka in 1969-1970.

At UM-Dearborn, he served as chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics from 1971 to 1977, and was director of the computer and information science program from 1983 to 1987. He also served as chair of the Dearborn graduate studies board and was a member of the executive board of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies from 1990 to 1999.

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