B.S., Mathematics, University of California at Los Angeles
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
Philip Uri Treisman is professor of mathematics and of public affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the founder and director of the University's Charles A. Dana Center, an organized research unit of the College of Natural Sciences. His research and professional interests include education policy, mathematics and science education, and community service and volunteerism.
Professor Treisman 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.
Professor Treisman also serves on the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, an initiative of the American Association of Community Colleges. He serves on the boards of The New Teacher Project, Education Resource Strategies, the AFT Innovation Fund, and the Math Teachers' Circle. He serves on the Advisory Committee of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education and on the Getting Past Go Initiative of the Education Commission of the States. Treisman is a senior advisor to the trustees of several foundations, including the Noyce Foundation and the Dana Foundation. Professor Treisman serves as a senior advisor to the Aspen Urban Superintendents Network and to the expanded Urban District Leadership Networks (UDLN), which serves urban districts' chief financial officers, chief academic officers, directors of mathematics, and directors of literacy instruction. He founded the Urban Mathematics Leadership Network, which is now part of the UDLN.
Professor Treisman is a member of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) National Advisory Committee. He is currently serving on the Science Advisory Board of MCEC's Living in the New Normal Initiative, which is charged with developing effective strategies for addressing the stressors related to the deployment of a parent and the trauma associated with a parent's illness, injury, or death.
Professor Treisman served as chief juror on the Department of Defense Secondary Education Transition Study, which examined the effects of high mobility in military families on the education of their children, and as a juror on the U.S. Pacific Command School Transition Study, which examined issues related to the transfer of school-age military children to and from the Hawaii public schools. He is also senior researcher on the U.S. Army's Education of the Military Childó21st Century Initiative.
Since 2008, Professor Treisman has served on the STEM working group of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Carnegie Institute for Advanced Study Commission on Mathematics and Science Education. Treisman also served on the International Benchmarking Advising Group, a collaboration of the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Achieve, Inc.
In past years, Professor Treisman served on the National Academy of Sciences Mathematical Sciences Education Board and on its Coordinating Council for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education. He also served on the Leadership Team of the Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP), a nonprofit organization created by the National Academy of Sciences, whose mission is to create new knowledge to solve urgent problems of American education. From 2003 to 2006, Professor Treisman chaired the New York City Chancellor's Mathematics Advisory Panel. From 1995 to 2004, he served as president of the board of the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications. He has also served on the College Board's Commission on the Future of the Advanced Placement Program and on numerous College Board committees and commissions concerned with equity and mathematics achievement.
Professor Treisman was a founding board member of the National Center for Public Policy in Higher Education and served on the Policy and Priorities Committee of the Education Commission of the States. He was a founding board member of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), an award-winning program that nurtures students' high academic achievement and college-going aspirations. He created the Emerging Scholars Program, which now exists in various forms on more than 200 college campuses.
In 1994, Texas Governor Ann Richards appointed Professor Treisman as a founding member of the Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service; he was reappointed by Governor George W. Bush in 1996. He also served as the first vice president of the Texas Foundation for Volunteerism and Community Service.
Professor Treisman 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, Treisman is an advocate for equity and excellence in education for all students.