Philip Uri Treisman, Ph.D., Executive Director

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Telephone: 512-232-2271
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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.


After studying horticulture and mathematics in several Los Angeles-area community colleges, Uri received a B.S. in Mathematics, summa cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles. 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.

2011–2012 Professional Leadership Roles

Member, the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on the Future of Community Colleges

Member, the American Association of Community Colleges 21st Century Commission Implementation Team

Member, advisory board, the Education Commission of the States Getting Past Go Initiative

Member, board of directors, TNTP (formerly known as The New Teacher Project)

Member, board of directors, Education Resource Strategies

Member, national advisory committee, Military Child Education Coalition

Member, advisory board, the Math Teachers’ Circle

Senior advisor, Aspen Urban Superintendents’ Network

Member, advisory board, the American Federation of Teachers Innovation Fund

Consultant to the Trustees, The Noyce Foundation

Consultant to the Directors, The Dana Foundation

Member, governing board, the New Mathways Project—a partnership between the Texas Association of Community Colleges and the Dana Center

Member, steering committee, Society for Research in Child Development STEM Initiative

Member, education advisory board, the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, Brown University

Senior advisor, University of Georgia System Mathematics Task Force

Member, advisory council, Broader, Bolder Approach to Education campaign of the Economic Policy Institute, Washington D.C.

University of Texas at Austin Service

Member, Task Force on Undergraduate Graduation Rates

Member, Undergraduate Program Review Committee, Mathematics Department

Member, Graduate Studies Committee for Curriculum and Instruction at the School of Education

Member, Graduate Studies Committee for the LBJ School of Public Affairs

Member, Graduate Studies Committee for Science and Mathematics Education

Member, Success Initiative Standing Advisory Committee

Recent National Leadership Roles

Member, advisory committee, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Member, working group, K–12 STEM education, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

Member, national leadership committee, Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP), National Research Council

Executive director, Urban Mathematics Leadership Network

Member, board of judges, Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Prize in Education, The McGraw-Hill Companies

Senior fellow, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2011–2012 (senior partner, 2009–2011)

Advisor, National Research and Development Center on Cognition and Adult Numeracy, 2011

Chief juror and senior researcher, Education of Military Child in the 21st Century, an initiative of the Department of Defense, 2009–2011

Member, board of directors, Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), 2009–2011

Member, scientific advisory board, Living in the New Normal Initiative, Military Child Education Coalition, 2007–2011

Advisory committee member, Council for Opportunity in Education, 2007–2011

Member, mathematics advisory panel, Mathematics Achievement Partnership, Achieve, Inc., 1999–2011


American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC)

American Mathematical Society (AMS)

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Phi Delta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa

Society for Research in Child Development (SRDC)

Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics (TASM)

Texas Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (TEXMATYC)