Philip Uri Treisman, Ph.D., Executive Director

Philip Uri Treisman, Ph.D., Executive Director

Phone: 512.232.2271

Philip Uri Treisman is professor of mathematics and of public affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the founder and executive director of the University’s Charles A. Dana Center, an organized research unit of the College of Natural Sciences. His research and professional interests span mathematics and science education, education policy, social and developmental psychology, and community service and volunteerism.

Dana Center Role

Uri is responsible for setting the Center’s vision, overall direction, and strategy. He is actively engaged in the design of new Center initiatives and chairs the Center’s senior leadership team.

Before Joining the Dana Center

Uri was the E.M. Lang Visiting Professor of Mathematics and Social Change at Swarthmore College and a senior leader of the Professional Development Program—an initiative of the Special Opportunity Program of the University of California Academic Senate, Berkeley Division.


Uri received a B.S. in Mathematics, summa cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles, after studying horticulture and mathematics in several Los Angeles-area community colleges. He received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied both mathematics and education. Leon Henkin was his doctoral advisor and is the model for his professional career. In all his work, Uri is an advocate for equity and excellence in education for all students.

Selected Awards and Honors

Uri has received numerous honors and awards for his efforts to improve American education. For his research at the University of California at Berkeley on the factors that support high achievement among minority students in mathematics, he received the 1987 Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievement in American Higher Education. In 1992, he was named a MacArthur Fellow. In December 1999, the magazine Black Issues in Higher Education named him one of the outstanding leaders in higher education in the 20th century. The Harvard Foundation of Harvard University named him “2006 Scientist of the Year” for his outstanding contributions to mathematics. Uri was invited to present the Kay Gilliland Equity Achievement Lecture at the NCSM 2015 Annual Meeting. The Education Commission of the States announced Uri as one of four 2015 ECS Distinguished Senior Fellows that will serve as advisors to the ECS leadership team.