Robert Berry Named Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Audrey Breen

Robert Q. Berry, III, the Samuel Braley Gray Professor of Mathematics Education, has been appointed the associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion at the Curry School.

Robert Q. Berry, III, the Samuel Braley Gray Professor of Mathematics Education, has been appointed the associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education and Human Development. As associate dean, Berry will serve on the Dean’s leadership team of the school.

Berry, a member of the Curry School faculty since 2005, will lead the newly formed Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the school. The office will focus on improving the school’s efforts to address racism and other forms of social injustice, both internally and externally, and on contributing to the competence of professionals and applications of scholarship that serve diverse stakeholders in schools, clinics, community, and government agencies.

“This is a very exciting time for our school, as Robert brings a wealth of experience, leadership, and ideas to the role, as well as deep knowledge of the school and its stakeholders,” said Bob Pianta, dean of the Curry School. “We are fortunate that Robert has expressed interest in and enthusiasm for the role and I very much look forward to partnering with him as we launch the new Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and embark on a new phase in the school’s evolution.”

Berry will assume the position beginning later this month.

“I am honored to be able to serve our community in the role of Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” Berry said. “I believe that our community will grow stronger through our collective work. The diversity, equity, and inclusion space will allow us to engage supportively and critically with one another. We will challenge the spaces of marginality and learn from one another.”

Berry has served in a variety of leadership positions, including his current position as past president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the world's largest mathematics education organization. Berry teaches mathematics methods courses in the teacher education program and graduate-level courses. His scholarship and research is focused on equity issues in mathematics education.

Berry has published over 100 articles, book chapters, and proceedings. Berry is a two-time recipient of NCTM’s Linking Research and Practice Publication Award. He was recognized as the 2011 Mathematics Educator of the Year by the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (VCTM) and received the University of Virginia’s All-University Teaching Award in 2011.

Below are a series of news stories featuring Professor Berry and his current work.

Connecting Mathematics Education to Social Justice Issues

Mathematics At Home: Tips and Resources for Parents and Caregivers

5 Tips To Get Your Child Excited About Math

Q&A: Curry Professor Studies the Most Effective Ways to Teach Math—And Make It Fun