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Alan Zollman
Alan Zolman


Zollman elected to post
on mathematics research council


by Tom Parisi


Alan Zollman, a professor in the NIU Department of Mathematical Sciences, has been elected to the office of vice president for research of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning (RCML).


One of the oldest and most prestigious professional organizations for mathematics research, the RCML seeks to stimulate, generate, coordinate and disseminate research efforts to understand factors that affect mathematics learning.


Zollman will assume office in March at the 30th annual meeting of RCML in Tempe, Ariz.


Responsibilities for his new post include oversight of “Focus On Learning Problems in Mathematics,” a journal devoted to research methods of identification, diagnosis and remediation of learning problems in mathematics. Contributions are published from the fields of education, psychology, mathematics and medicine, and have the potential for impact on classroom or clinical practice.


An award-winning classroom teacher, Zollman is a nationally respected expert and author on mathematics instruction, curriculum development and student assessment. He connects the day-to-day demands of teaching math with the new national reform curricula, standards and goals. He also is a sought-after motivational speaker who has made presentations to more than 10,000 elementary, middle school and high school mathematics teachers.


In addition to his new post, Zollman is an elected member of the Board of the Illinois Mathematics Teacher Educators. Zollman resides in DeKalb and has been a member of the NIU faculty for nearly a decade.


The NIU Department of Mathematical Sciences traditionally has been one of the country’s largest programs for certification of secondary mathematics teachers. The department also has one of the nation’s three largest middle school mathematics endorsement programs.