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Stiff Named Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Lee V. Stiff ’78 PHD will be the NC State College of Education’s Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, effective July 1 and through June 30, 2018. Stiff is a professor of mathematics education who has been on the College of Education’s faculty since 1983.

“Dr. Stiff will bring much institutional knowledge and understanding of the faculty experience to this interim position,” said College of Education Dean Mary Ann Danowitz.

A native of North Carolina, Stiff holds a bachelor’s in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s in mathematics from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the College of Education.

Since 1989, he has been a co-author of elementary, middle grades, and high school textbooks in mathematics, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Holt McDougal. From 2000 to 2002, he served as President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

He has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including the Blackmon Award for Excellence in Teaching while on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the Rankin Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education from the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and a Fulbright Scholar Award to the University of Ghana. He was named the College of Education’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2010 and received the Benjamin Banneker Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. This year he received the TODOS Iris M. Carl Leadership and Equity Award.

His publications have appeared in the top-ranked journals in his field, and he is a much sought-after speaker on issues of equity and mathematics education.

As interim associate dean, Stiff will oversee curriculum and academic programs and faculty matters.

He will succeed Ellen Storey Vasu, who will retire July 1. Come July, Vasu will have worked for the UNC System for 43 years, first at UNC-Chapel Hill before joining the College of Education in 1983. At the College of Education, she has served and provided leadership at every level of the college over the past 34 years.