Gerald R. Rising

Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeriti

 436 Baldy Hall
 716-432-3287
 insrisg@buffalo.edu


Learning and Instruction
Mathematics content for college humanities students
American mathematics education politics and history
Gifted mathematics students
Mathematics content for teachers
Content for gifted mathematics students at all levels

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Mathematics Education, New York University, 1965
  • M.S., Mathematics, University of Notre Dame, 1961
  • Ed.M., Education, University of Rochester, 1951
  • B.A., English, University of Rochester, 1948
  • additional graduate studies at Princeton University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Syracuse University

    Employment History

    "Nature Watch" columnist for The Buffalo News, 1991—

    State University of New York since 1966: Distinguished Teaching Professor, 1986–; emeritus October 1992. Associate Director, New York State Summer Institute for Mathematics and Science Students, 1988, 89; Chair, Department of Instruction, 1973-76. Instructor, National Science Foundation Summer Mathematics Institutes, 1967-70. Visiting Lecturer, Didsbury College, Manchester, England, 1974

    Assistant Director, Minnesota School Mathematics and Science Teaching Center and Research Associate, Mathematics Department, University of Minnesota, 1964-66; Mathematics Director, Minnesota National Laboratory, Minnesota State Education Department, 1964-66; Visiting Professor, Cornell University (Shell Merit Program for Science and Mathematics Teachers) Summer 1966

    Mathematics K-14 Coordinator, Norwalk, Connecticut Public Schools, 1960-64; Lecturer, University of Connecticut, 1963; Lecturer, New York University, 1960-61

    Mathematics Teacher and Department Chair, various upstate New York secondary schools, 1948-60; Lecturer, University of Rochester, 1958-60; Great Books Leader, 1952, 1956

    Military Service: U. S. Navy, 1944-47, Communications Officer and Assistant Navigator in Atlantic and Mediterranean, 1946-47

    Selected Activities and Awards

    • Co-Founder and former Co-Director, University at Buffalo Gifted Math Program, 1978–.
    • Director, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1975-78; Writing Team Member, Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics, 1987, 1988; member: Research Advisory Committee, 1975-78, Joint Committee (with American Statistical Association) on the Curriculum in Statistics and Probability, 1966-72; Liaison with Mathematical Association of America, 1970-71; Instructional Affairs, 1964-67, chair, 1966-67
    • National Advisory Board member, Comprehensive School Mathematics Program, St. Louis, 1964-82, chair, 1979-82; National Advisory Board member, Project for the Mathematical Development of Children, Florida State University, 1974-76; Advisory Board member PRISM (Priorities in School Mathematics for the 1980’s) Project, Ohio State University, 1977-78
    • Editorial Board member, Journal for Children's Mathematical Thinking, 1976–85; department editor, The Arithmetic Teacher, 1972-74; editor, Professional Growth for Teachers, Mathematics, junior high school and senior high school editions, 1962-63
    • Co-director, Five States Evaluation Project, University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Education Department, 1964-66
    • Speaker at over 100 state, regional and national meetings including Mathematical Association of America (Niagara Falls, 1983; New Orleans, 1972), International Congress of Mathematics Educators (Berkeley, 1981), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (major speaker list, 1966-68), American Psychological Association (New York, 1966), American Association for the Advancement of Science (Montreal, 1965); papers, lecture series, or seminars at Cornell University, Bowdoin College, Teachers College Columbia University, Amherst College, Williams College, Wesleyan University, University of Minnesota, Dayton University, SUNY at Albany, Daemon College, Michigan State University, McMaster College, York University, and in Canada: Queens University (Ontario), Memorial University (Newfoundland)
    • Co-director (with Peter Hilton and Ed Esty), National Institute of Education Conference on Basic Skills and Learning in Mathematics (Euclid, Ohio, 1975)

      Awards: 2008 Paul MacClennan (Western New York) Environmental Citizen of the Year Award; WNYMATH Outstanding Mathematics Educator, 2005; Honorary Member, Golden Key National Honor Society, 1992; SUNY Faculty Exchange Scholar, 1986-88; Chancellor’s Award, 1981. American Association for Higher Education for Exceptional Service to Undergraduates, 1986. University at Buffalo International Student Organization Certificate of Excellence, 1983; Alpha Lambda Delta (freshman honor society) honorary member, 1982; Student Association Distinguished Teacher, 1980; University at Buffalo Foundation Outstanding Faculty Member, 1979.




Selected Professional Publications


with Thomas Romberg, et al., NCTM Mathematics Curriculum and Evaluation Standards(Reston, Virginia, NCTM, 1989).

“The Making of a Professional Mathematics Teacher” and with Burt Kaufman, “For Gifted Mathematics Students: Project MEGSSS” in Proceedings of the Fourth International Congress on Mathematical Education, Boston, Birkhauser, 1983, pp. 118-21, 692-94

with Joseph B. Harkin. The Third ‘R’: Mathematics Classroom Teaching in Grades K-8. Belmont, California, Wadsworth, 1978, 335 pp.

with Judith M. Tanur, et al., eds. Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown. San Francisco, Holden-Day, 1972, 2nd ed., 1978. 496 pp. (also published in German and Portuguese)

with Stephen I. Brown, “Alternatives to Chi-Square,’ Mathematics Teaching 85 (December 1978): 24-29

with Stephen I. Brown, “One Third Cherokee: Problem Solving, Teaching, and Intuition,” Educational Studies in Mathematics 9 (1978): 1-19

with Stephen I. Brown and Lawrence N. Meyerson, “The Teacher Centered Classroom“ in Organizing for Mathematics Instruction, Reston, Virginia, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1977, pp. 186-97

“What are the Basic Skills of Mathematics?” and with Peter Hilton, “Thoughts on the Status of Mathematics Education Today“ in Peter Hilton, Gerald Rising, and Ed Esty, eds., Proceedings of the Conference on Basic Mathematical Skills and Learning, Washington D.C., National Institute of Education, 1976, I, 148-60; II, 33-42

with Stephen I. Brown, “The New Crisis in School Mathematics,” Search l, 3 (Spring 1876): 4-12; reprinted New York State Mathematics Teachers’ Journal 18, 8 (October 1976) 17-21, translated by Iannes Hatzechristos in Mathematike Epitheorese 25 (December 1983): 42-63

“Statistics in United States Schools: 1974 and 1984” in Proceedings of the Conference on Teaching Statistics and Mathematics for the Social Sciences, London, Ontario, University of Western Ontario, January 1975, pp. 23-30

“The Egyptian Use of Unit Fractions for Equitable Distribution,” Historia Mathematica 1 (1974): 93-94

with Joseph B. Harkin, “Some Psychological and Pedagogical Aspects of Mathematical Symbolism,” Educational Studies in Mathematics 5 (1974): 255-60

with Donovan A. Johnson and Emil J. Berger, “Using Models as Instructional Aids” in Instructional Aids in Mathematics, Washington, D.C., National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1973, pp. 232-96

with Richard A. Wiesen, eds. Mathematics in the Secondary School Classroom. New York, Thomas Y. Crowell, 1972. 420 pp.

with Donovan A. Johnson. Guidelines for Teaching Mathematics. Belmont, California, Wadsworth, 1966, 2nd ed., 1972. 544 pp.

“Translation Patterns,” Primary Mathematics 8, 3 (1970): 178-85

“Number” and with Brother Alfred, “Mathematical Operations” in Encyclopedia Britannica Junior (Chicago, Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., 1969)


School Mathematics and other Texts

(currently writing two books tentatively titled About Mathematics and The Math Wars)

Inside Your Calculator: From Simple Programs to Significant Insights (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Interscience, 2007), 288 pp.

with Eileen Schoaff. Advanced BASIC: A Structured Approach for MS BASIC. St. Paul, Minnesota, West, 1988. 429 pp.

with Vincent Haag, et al. Challenge: A Program for the Mathematically Talented, Volumes 1-4. Menlo Park, California, Addison Wesley, 1986, 1987. Each 180 pp.

with John Graham, et al. Unified Mathematics, Books 1-3. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1981, 2nd ed., 1985. 430, 620, 650 pp.

with Ray C. Jurgensen, et al. Geometry. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1975, 2nd ed., 1978. 527 pp.

with Frederick Mosteller, et al., eds. Statistics by Example, 4 Volumes. Reading, Massachusetts, Addison Wesley, 1973. 125, 145, 166, 146 pp. (also published in a two volume Japanese edition)

with Sigmund A. Smith. Heath Mathematics: Grade 7 and Grade 8. Lexington, Massachusetts, D. C. Heath, 1973. 436, 532 pp.

consulting author with Clyde A. Dilley, et al. Heath Elementary Mathematics, Books K, 1-6. Lexington, Massachusetts, D. C. Heath, 1971, 2nd ed., 1975