We are pleased to announce that Professor Scott Wolpert, Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland (UMD), has been named Senior Consultant to TPSE Math. Professor Wolpert will work with the TPSE Board and staff members to develop and implement innovative strategies to strengthen and expand TPSE’s efforts related to improving graduate education in mathematics.
In his role, he will also work collaboratively with college and university partners, professional organizations, and TPSE’s own Mathematics Advisory Group (MAG) to, as he puts it, "address the changing nature of graduate education to ensure it remains appropriate and relevant" for students' academic needs and career interests. As Professor Wolpert explains, "The graduate mathematics community is in an environment of major change," and through his role with TPSE, he "wants to see that the next generation of students is well-served."
Prior to his current role as faculty member and Chair of the mathematics department at UMD, Professor Wolpert served for three years as Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education, and eight years as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, also at UMD. In addition to his work with the university, he has been a Sloan Fellow, an ICM speaker, a CBMS lecturer, and a Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) lecturer. Most recently, he served as the campus lead for the Adaptive Learning in Statistics (ALiS) project.
Dr. Wolpert already has a history of involvement with TPSE, including serving as a MAG member since it began in 2016. His appointment to the position of Senior Consultant will help TPSE to build and strengthen its burgeoning work supporting graduate mathematics education and preparing students for a wide variety of careers in academia, business, industry and government.