Workshop Facilitators


David Bressoud is Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Quantitative Thinking program at Macalester College. He also currently serves as President-Elect of the Mathematical Association of America.

Caren Diefenderfer is Professor of Mathematics at Hollins University. Following on her past grant work at Hollins, she is currently co-PI on the NSF-funded "Quantitative Reasoning in the Contemporary World" project. She is on the board of the National Numeracy Network in addition to serving on the Quantitative Literacy subcommittee of the Mathematical Association of America.

Nathan Grawe is Professor of Economics and Director of the Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge (QuIRK) initiative at Carleton College. The QuIRK initiative has developed a rubric for assessing quantitative reasoning (QR) in student written work.

Rebecca Hartzler is Professor of Physics and Interim Dean for Math and Science at Seattle Central Community College. She is co_PI on the NSF-funded Mathematics Across the Community College Curriculum and has received numerous other QR-related grants. Hartzler currently serves as Secretary of the National Numeracy Network.

Linda Kirstein was the Director of the Quantitative Reasoning Program at Bowdoin College. The Program assesses incoming students and provides support for students enrolled in quantitative courses.

Neil Lutsky is Professor of Psychology at Carleton College. He was the first Director of Carleton's QuIRK initiative. In that role, he led the development of QuIRK's writing-based assessment rubric and program of professional development. Lutsky currently serves on the Board of the National Numeracy Network.

Bernie Madison is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Arkansas. He is also Emeritus President of the National Numeracy Network. Through the Mathematical Association of America, Madison directs national efforts to assessment student achievement. He also is also working on Quantitative Reasoning in the Contemporary World, a set of case studies that support QR instruction.

Cathy Manduca is Director of the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College. SERC supports improvements in science education by organizing workshops and developing web-resources that link teaching resources, pedagogy and discussion.

Suzanne Mente is Assistant Director of Instructional Services and Coordinator of Quantitative Literacy at Alverno College. The Alverno program infuses QR throughout the curriculum and has developed means of assessing it at the college, course and student levels.

Carol Rutz is Director of the Writing Program at Carleton College. She has worked extensively with the College's QuIRK initiative to evaluate quantitative reasoning in student writing.

Milo Schield is Professor of Business Administration at Augsburg College and Director of the W. M. Keck Statistical Literacy Project . He developed and teaches a Statistical Literacy course that helps students interpret the statistics found in news stories, tables and graphs. Schield serves as Vice-President of the National Numeracy Network.

Lynn Steen is Professor of Mathematics and Special Assistant to the Provost at St. Olaf College. A former president of the Mathematical Association of America, he was Project Director for Quantitative Literacy, an initiative of the National Council on Education and the Disciplines. In addition, he has authored numerous books on quantitative reasoning and its assessment.

Donna L. Sundre is Professor of Graduate Psychology and Executive Director of the Center for Assessment and Research Studies at James Madison University. At the Center, Sundre is PI on an NSF-funded project designed to advance assessment of Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning. Goals of the project are to identify new assessment models and barriers to assessment progress, and to assess the generalizability of the Quantitative Reasoning Test (QR) and the Scientific Reasoning Test (SR) to four partner institutions with diverse missions and serving underrepresented student populations. The QR and SR instruments were developed at James Madison to assess collegiate general education learning outcomes.

Christopher Tassava is Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Carleton College. He has worked intimately with the College's QuIRK initiative, helping to secure grants from the US Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the W.M. Keck Foundation.

Corri Taylor is Professor of Economics and Director of the Quantitative Reasoning Program at Wellesley College. She currently serves as President of the National Numeracy Network.

Len Vacher is Professor of Geology at the University of South Florida. He also is Emeritus Director of the National Numeracy Network and currently serves as co-editor of its journal, Numeracy (more info) . Vacher has also spearheaded an effort to teach QR through the use of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum.