Professor of Mathematics
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Jim Hirstein received bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Illinois State University and an Ed.D. in mathematics education from the University of Georgia. He has taught mathematics to teachers at the University of Illinois, at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, and has been at The University of Montana since 1989. Research interests include children's development of mathematical concepts, mathematical modeling, and the role of assessment in student learning. He is currently chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Jim was co-director for Assessment of the SIMMS Project, an NSF Mathematics Curriculum Project. He served for two years as Evaluation Coordinator for the Center for Learning and Teaching in the West (CLTW), an NSF doctoral productivity grant. He is currently Assessment Coordinator for the Partnership for Comprehensive Equity (PACE), an NSF Advance grant to promote diversity in science faculty.