Texas Tech University

Jerry Dwyer named interim chair of Curriculum and Instruction

Robert Stein

April 17, 2019

Jerry Dwyer

Professor Jerry Dwyer has been named interim chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I).

Dwyer is currently director of the Center for the Integration of STEM Education and Research (CISER), which is part of the College of Education. He focuses on issues of mathematical education and outreach, and he has developed a wide range of K-12 outreach projects.

"I am honored to be chosen as interim chair of the department," Dwyer said. "We have an outstanding faculty, and I hope that I can facilitate their work as research scholars and foster a spirit of productive collegiality."

A search for a permanent department chair is on hold until a new permanent dean of the College of Education is appointed.

Dwyer's current research interests include the mathematical education of teachers, the scholarship of outreach, computational mathematics and complex dynamics. He has published over 30 articles and organized national panels and directed several large funded outreach programs. Dwyer has obtained more than $18 million in external funding for these programs.

He has also worked for many years in computational mechanics related to fracture, composite materials and glaciology. Dwyer earned a Ph.D. in computational mathematics from the National University of Ireland.

C&I offers advanced degrees that prepare curriculum leaders, researchers and professors with the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to analyze, construct and evaluate curricula in ways that create optimal learning conditions for all learners.