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Dana Center Role

Dave leads the policy work at the Center, which includes in-depth policy analysis and the development of tools and briefs for systems, regions, and states.

Before Joining the Dana Center

Dave spent over 20 years at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he was a professor for various courses across the mathematics curriculum in the Department of Math and Computer Science. While there he cofounded an Emerging Scholars program to retain minoritized students.

During his time at St. Mary’s, Dave was Director of Project NExT (New Experiences Through Teaching) from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) from 2014-2021 and Director of Strategy and Implementation for Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Math (TPSE Math) from 2020-2021.


Ph.D., Mathematics (Harmonic Analysis), University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.A., Mathematics, University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.A., Mathematics, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Selected Professional Activities

Member, MAA Committee on the Inclusivity Prize (2020–2022)

Founder and director, Southern Maryland Math Circle, a math enrichment program for local middle school and high school students (2014–present)

Member, Dana Center Mathematics Pathways Leadership Fellows (2017–2020)

Co-organizer, Math Chairs for Racial Justice (2020)

Member, TPSE Math’s Mathematics Advisory Group (2016–2020)

Editorial board member, MAA’s Math Horizons (2013–2020)

Panelist, Teaching for Mathematical Sciences Research Institute’s Postdoctoral Fellows (2020)

Selected Publications

Kung, D., & Speer, N. (2020). What could they possibly be thinking!?! Understanding your college math students (MAA Notes series, Vol. 90). Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America.

Kung, D. (2019). Math for social justice: A last math class for responsible citizens. In G. Karaali & L. S. Khadjavi (Eds.), Mathematics for social justice: Resources for the college classroom (AMS/MAA Classroom Resource Materials, Vol. 60, pp. 61–66). Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society.

Hamman, K., & Kung, D. (December 2016/January 2017). A delicate balance: Quantitative literacy and equity. MAA FOCUS, 36(6), 14–15. 

Hauk, S., Speer, N. M., Kung, D., Tsay, J.-J., & Hsu E. (2013). Video cases for college mathematics instructor professional development. Retrieved from

Kung, D., & Speer, N. (2013). Do they really get it? Evaluating evidence of student understanding of power series. PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, 23(5), 419–433.

Developed Courses

Mind-Bending Math: Riddles and Paradoxes, The Teaching Company’s Great Courses (July 2015): 
This 24-lecture course explores the ageless riddles that have plagued even the greatest thinkers in history—confounding the philosophical, mathematical, and scientific minds grappling to solve them. Students learn how to break down, examine, and solve these famous quandaries.

How Music and Mathematics Relate, The Teaching Company’s Great Courses (February 2013): 
This 12-lecture course gives students a new perspective on two of the greatest achievements of human culture—music and math—and the fascinating connections that help them more fully appreciate the intricacies of both.

Selected Presentations

From teaching math to teaching students: Transforming classroom norms among college math instructors. Presented at Johns Hopkins University’s Workshop on Mathematical Norms, Baltimore, MD (September 2019).

The state of professional development in higher ed mathematics: Today and what’s NExT. Presented at MAA MathFest, Cincinnati, OH (August 2019).

The roles of pedagogy and educational research in diversifying STEM fields. Invited plenary speaker at Transforming Research in Undergraduate STEM Education conference, St. Paul, MN (June 2017).

Selected Honors

Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award: Top honor in college mathematics teaching in the United States, given annually to three people by MAA (2021)