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CMP Staff in the Spotlight: James Fey

Release Date: January 23, 2015

James Fey

James Fey is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Maryland. For three decades, the focus of his professional scholarship has been a series of projects that have designed, developed, and tested innovative curricula and instructional materials for middle and high school mathematics, with special concentration on algebra. He was project director for the NSF-funded Computer Intensive Algebra project, and he has been a principal investigator on the NSF-Funded Connected Mathematics Project and the Core-Plus Mathematics Project since their inception. Those projects emphasized development of curriculum materials to support problem-based instruction, especially the kind of functions-oriented approach to algebra that will be the centerpiece of this new project. They resulted in publication of widely used instructional materials, empirical research on efficacy of the innovations, and theoretical essays on mathematics curriculum and instruction.

In addition to his administrative and curriculum development experience from the three major projects, Dr. Fey was project director for the NSF-funded Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation and the Mid-Atlantic Center for Teaching and Learning. From 2008 – 2010 he completed a two-year rotation as a visiting scientist in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings at NSF where his program officer responsibilities focused on review, award, and monitoring of grants for projects in the Discovery Research K-12 program.