Joe Garofalo

Associate Professor of Education; Co-Director, Center for Technology and Teacher Education


  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 1982
  • M.Ed., Indiana University, 1982
  • M.S., New York University, 1975
  • B.A., Lehman College, 1973

I have been in a variety of roles at UVA. I am a mathematics educator, and in this role I oversee the secondary mathematics teacher education program in the Curry School of Education, teach undergraduate and graduate courses in mathematics education, and work with doctoral students. My interests in mathematics education include problem solving, educational technology, and mathematics teacher preparation. My other roles here have been quite different - I have been an associate dean, the Chair of the University's Faculty Senate, and the first faculty member in the history of the University to serve on the University's Board of Visitors. Although these roles are different in many ways, they all involve problem solving of one kind or another.

When not at the Curry School, I have spent much of my time coaching girls' fast pitch softball and trying to learn to play electric blues guitar. Originally from the Bronx, I have a family of UVA and NY Giants football fans. Our two daughters both play trumpet; the younger one currently plays in the UVA Cavalier Marching Band and the older one is a UVA Marching Band alum. They also play a little guitar and bass. When they were younger, both were glad to play along with me, but now I am lucky to convince one of them to jam. Also, we are vegetarians and like to cook (and eat!).

Research Interests


My teaching and research interests are in mathematical problem solving and thinking, use of technology to enhance teaching and learning, and mathematics teacher education.