Robert Q. Berry, III

Samuel Braley Gray Professor of Mathematics Education


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003
  • M.A.T., Christopher Newport University, 1998
  • B.S., Old Dominion University, 1991

Robert Q. Berry III is the is the Samuel Braley Gray Professor of Mathematics Education and the 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 mathematics education courses. 

Equity issues in mathematics education are central to Berry’s research efforts within four related areas: (a) understanding Black children’s mathematics experiences (mathematical identities and agency); (b) measuring standards-based mathematics teaching practices; (c) unpacking equitable mathematics teaching and learning, and (d) exploring interactions between technology and mathematics education. Berry has extensive experience in classroom observation and is the lead developer of an observation instrument, Mathematics Scan, which measures standards-based mathematics teaching practices. Berry has collaborated on the Children’s Engineering Initiative in the Curry School of Education to use digital fabrication to incorporate engineering design principles into mathematics education. His most recent work has focused on using qualitative metasynthesis as an approach to understanding the mathematics experiences of learners

Berry has published over 100 articles, book chapters, and proceedings. His articles have appeared in the Journal for Research in Mathematics EducationJournal of Teacher Education, and the American Educational Research Journal. 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.