Dr. Stiff has been active in mathematics education for more
than 30 years. He is known for his passion for helping all students learn more
and better mathematics. He contributes to the field through his teaching, research, and service. Selected activities and awards included here reflect some of
his interests and accomplishments.
Modeling good instruction is an ongoing focus of
Dr. Stiff. He believes that quality instruction is based on the knowledge of best
practice and research in the field. Recent courses taught by Dr.
Dr. Stiff has done research on effective teaching strategies in math, the use of problem solving vignettes in teaching the lowest performing students in math, and the use of technology in improving student achievement in math. Pictured is the 1999 NCTM yearbook for which he was the editor.
Stiff has served as a consultant in mathematics education for many
systems and universities across the United States. Recently, he has
consulted with the
Mathematics Department in the development of curricula for freshmen at
in Atlanta; worked locally with math teachers and guidance counselors
course-taking opportunities for all students; and served as curriculum
developer, teacher, and consultant for a middle grades intervention
program at Duke University known as the SENSOR (Student Engineers
Network: Strengthening Opportunities in Research) Saturday Academy.
Dr. Stiff has participated in a wide variety of activities designed to promote mathematics education as a profession as well as the teaching and learning of school mathematics. He has often been recognized for his contributions to the teaching and learning of mathematics.