Robert Q. Berry III

College of Education

Robert Q. Berry III Ph.D. is the Dean of the College of Education at the University of Arizona. He is also a professor and holds the Paul L. Lindsey and Kathy J. Alexander Chair. Berry is the immediate Past-President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). In 2022, Berry was elected to the National Academy of Education, an honorific society of U.S. members and international associates based on outstanding education scholarships.

Equity issues in mathematics education are central to Berry's research efforts with four related areas:

  1. Understanding Black children's mathematics experiences
  2. Measuring standards-based mathematics teaching practices
  3. Unpacking equitable mathematics teaching and learning with issues of social justice
  4. Exploring interactions between technology and mathematics education

Berry is the lead developer of a mathematics classroom observation instrument, Mathematics Scan, which measures standards-based mathematics teaching practices.

Berry co-edited the 2020 bestseller book, High School Mathematics Lessons to Explore, Understand, and Respond to Social Injustice. Additionally, he is the co-editor of two upcoming books, Upper Elementary Mathematics Lessons to Explore, Understand, and Respond to Social Injustice and Success Stories for Catalyzing Change. His articles have appeared in the Journal for Research in Mathematics EducationJournal of Teacher EducationEducational Studies in Mathematics, and the American Educational Research Journal. Berry has authored more than 100 publications and has made major presentations worldwide. Berry is a two-time recipient of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Linking Research and Practice Publication Award and received the University of Virginia's All-University Teaching Award in 2011.

Berry is a first-generation college graduate who received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Old Dominion University, his Master's of Arts in Teaching:  Mathematics degree from Christopher Newport University, and a Ph.D. in Culture, Curriculum, and Change (Mathematics Education) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Rachel Barton, Director for Faculty Affairs/Assistant to the Dean