Joseph G. (Joe) Rosenstein
I have been a
member of the Mathematics
Department of Rutgers University, New Brunswick
, since 1969; this year (2015-2016) is my 47th (!) year at Rutgers.
(The photograph was taken at the launch of the MetroMath Center
in November 2003; it looks like I was directing a performance of the MetroMath
anthem, but I was just speaking enthusiastically about the Center's vision and
In the research portion of my career, I wrote a number of articles and
published a research monograph Linear Orderings (Academic Press, 1982)
in textbook form.
For over 30 years I have been heavily involved in K-12 education. This came
about as a result of my serving as Director of the Undergraduate Program in
Mathematics. (Details are in my vita.) In recent
years, I have been involved in the following six major kinds of enterprises
that are described in more detail below (in the same order):
- organizing and directing
professional development programs for K-12 teachers of mathematics,
- organizing and directing a four-week residential summer program for mathematically talented high school students,
- strengthening mathematics
education in New Jersey
through developing the NJ Mathematics Standards and the NJ Mathematics Curriculum Framework,
- directing the New Jersey
Mathematics Coalition, which later evolved into the New Jersey Mathematics
and Science Education Coalition,
- organizing and serving as
founding director of the MetroMath
- writing instructional
materials for K-12 teachers focused on discrete mathematics.
As a result of this work, and in a few cases as part of the Coalition's public outreach
effort, I have prepared a number of articles and
presentations on mathematics education.
Most recently, in October 2014, I published Problem Solving and Reasoning with Discrete Mathematics, a textbook intended both for high school students and for college students intending to be K-8 teachers of mathematics, and also for all those interested in and curious about mathematics; it is available for review and purchase at www.new-math-text.com.
In another arena, I have developed and published Jewish prayerbooks, one
for the prayer services of Shabbat and festivals entitled Siddur Eit Ratzon
and one for the prayer services of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur entitled Machzor
Eit Ratzon; they are available for review and purchase at www.newsiddur.org.)
I have been very active in the havurah movement, both locally, in the Highland Park Minyan, and nationally,
in the National Havurah Committee, which
provides a trans-denominational, egalitarian, participatory, communal, and
spiritual Jewish alternative. I lead guided meditations on Jewish prayers and
psalms, and occasionally publish meditation tapes
and write articles on Jewish topics.
My wife Judy and I have five daughters (Mira, Ariela, Dalia, Neshama, and Nessa), and ten grandchildren, the oldest of whom was born in April 2002 and the youngest in October 2014.
- Mira and her husband Psachya Septimus are proud parents of two sons, Aryeh Leib and Mordechai and one daughter, Devorah Gitel;
- Ariela and her husband Marc Cohen are proud parents of two sons, Amar Metta Medwin and Kayel Steven;
- Dalia and her husband Ozgur Gokirmak are proud parents of a two sons and a daughter, Eytan Atesh and twins Eliana Malka and Samuel Serkan; and
- Neshama and her husband Dan Marcus are proud parents of a daughter and a son, Lauren Tirzeh and Jonathan Shai.
Returning now to my activities in mathematics education, here are some details that are associated with the six bullet points above:
- since 1990, I have directed the Young Scholars Program in Discrete
Mathematics (email email@example.com), a four-week residential summer program
at Rutgers University for 30 mathematically talented high school students.
These programs for teachers and students are sponsored by the Rutgers Department
of Mathematics and the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer
Science (DIMACS); they were
formerly sponsored also by the
Center for Mathematics,
Science, and Computer Education (CMSCE).
- from 1992 to 1997, I
organized and managed the development of the New
Jersey Mathematics Curriculum Framework, a collaborative effort of
the New Jersey Mathematics Coalition and the New Jersey Department of
Education. The purpose of the framework is to provide guidance to teachers
and districts on how to implement the New
Jersey Mathematics Standards adopted by the New Jersey State Board of
Education on May 1, 1996. The 668-page framework was completed in December
1996 and distributed throughout the state in 1997. I served as co-chair of the committee that produced the 1996 standards and of the committee that produced the revised New Jersey Mathematics Standards adopted by the State Board of Education in 2002.
- from 2001 to 2005, I
organized and served as founding director of MetroMath: The Center for Mathematics in
America's Cities, a Center for Learning and Teaching funded by the
National Science Foundation. The MetroMath
was a collaboration
Rutgers University, the University
of Pennsylvania, the City
University of New York / Graduate
Center, and the school districts
of New York, Philadelphia,
Newark, and Plainfield
and had as its goal the improvement of mathematics education in
- since its beginnings in 1991
(until 2007), I have served as Director of the New Jersey Mathematics
Coalition, which later evolved into the New Jersey Mathematics and
Science Education Coalition. State coalitions were formed in order to
generate public support for the changes recommended by the
"standards" of the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics. An important Coalition initiative that I co-directed
(with Warren Crown) was The FANS
Project (Families Achieving the New Standards in Mathematics, Science,
and Technology), which conducted over 1,400 hour-and-a-half workshops for
over 30,000 parents to inform them about the standards and how they can
help their children achieve them.
- since 2001, I have been
involved in writing the following books on discrete mathematics for teachers and for students:
- a set of two volumes that are part of a
series of volumes published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
to help teachers “navigate” through its mathematics standards (“Principles
and Standards for School Mathematics”). These two volumes are
entitled “Navigating through Discrete Mathematics K-12”, the first primarily
for K-5 teachers and the second primarily for 6-12 teachers. These two
volumes were prepared jointly by Valerie DeBellis, Eric Hart, Margaret Kenney,
and myself, and were published by the NCTM in 2009 and 2008, respectively.
- a textbook for mathematics courses to
be taken by prospective K-8 teachers. Written jointly
with Valerie DeBellis, these materials are entitled “Making Math
Engaging: Discrete Mathematics for K-8 Teachers.” The development
of these materials was funded by a grant from the Division of Undergraduate Education
of the National Science Foundation.
as noted above, in October 2014, I published Problem Solving and Reasoning with Discrete Mathematics, a textbook intended both for high school students and for college students intending to be K-8 teachers of mathematics; this text (see www.new-math-text.com) involves major expansion, revision, and refocusing of Making Math Engaging.
And I have an extensive collection of interesting ties which are available
for rental; see catalog for a complete display. In my
spare time (?), I like to do word puzzles (not of the logic type), and
occasionally create crossword puzzles on Jewish
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