Resume of Jerome Dancis, Ph.D.


Department of Mathematics,        University of Maryland,          College Park,  MD  20742-4015

Telephone: 301 345 2973    e-mail:

            U.S. Citizen


B.S. (Applied Math with 40-credit physics minor),  Polytechnic Inst. of Brooklyn,  1961  

Ph.D. (Math)  University of Wisconsin,  1966



April-July, 2007  I am an official of the state of California, appointed by the California State Board of Education to be a Content Review Panel (CRP) member.  I will ensure that four mathematics textbook series, submitted for adoption for the Grades 4-7 Intervention Program are accurate and aligned to the especially good California mathematics standards.

1966-Jan. 2005.  Lecturer, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Math, University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP).   (Mostly) 

*  Taught Pre-calculus, Calculus, Abstract Algebra, Linear Algebra for Engineers, Applications of Linear Algebra, Geometry, Topology (abstract geometry – graduate and undergraduate), Programming in Basic for Calculus, and Probability. 

*   Member of several undergraduate mathematics curriculum committees, which changed curriculum, wrote course syllabi and chose textbooks.

1969-1970      Research Associate, University of Chicago.   

1961 (Summer)    Physicist,  U.S. Naval Research Laboratories, Washington, D.C.


Consultant work.

2005  (September 8-11) Member of validation study team for Math [teachers of] (grades 6-12) assessment,  American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence

2004  Member of the Mathematics Standards Study Group (MSSG), which met to provide advice to state school mathematics supervisors about revising state mathematics standards. [Noted in the Notices of the AMS  (American Math Society, a professional organization of college math professors) at]  Financed by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

2000  Mathematical Advisor for Harcourt's Grade 6 mathematics textbook.  Ensured accurate mathematics, appropriate conceptual development, and alignment with the [1999] California Mathematics Content Standards.  Changes helped and were crucial to getting book accepted by the California Board of Education.

2004  and 2001  Reviewed drafts of and suggested improvements for two college math textbooks, which were later published by Prentice Hall.

1988  Refereed article for American Educator (journal) 

1987  Consultant to Magnet Program at Suitland H.S. (Prince George's County, MD)



1969-1970    Office of Naval Research (ONR) (post-doctorial) Fellowship     

1995-1996    Lily-Center for Teaching Excellence (UMCP) teaching fellow


Elected Positions

1991-1994    Senator - Campus Senate, University of Maryland

1968 and 2002  Member, Policy Committee, Math Dept.,  University of Maryland


Selected Education Articles


Maintain my own educational website, with links to many reports listed in this resume.


Selected  Class Notes  and  How-to-Teach  articles (#1-7 are on my website)

1.   "Supposedly Difficult Arithmetic Word Problems   --  Keep It Simple for Students (KISS)" (2003)      Provides simple unified methods for solving difficult word problems.   It's appendix is:

2.   "Algebraic Word Problems"  -  Provides solutions and lesson plan for a few difficult Algebraic Word Problems.

3.   "Toward Understanding and Remembering How to do Hand Calculations with Fractions"   Using the methods of this paper will considerably reduce the need for memorization and homework. Also, it will reduce students making "dumb" mistakes.

4.   "Reading Instruction for Arithmetic Word Problems: If Johnny can't read well and follow directions, then he can't do math".   (2005)   Written for teaching regular students, but much is doubly useful for teaching at-risk and special students.

5.   "Pattern Mis-Recognition [in Math Instruction]"  (2004)   Contrasts correct versus Mathematically wrong pattern recognition.

6.   "Calculus Background for Linear Differential Equations" (1999)  Useful Calculus problems for future engineering and physical science students.

7.   "Student modeling of physical phenomena as they derive standard integral formulae - - One way to reduce proof phobias",  Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies (PRIMUS),  XI (2001) 124-146. Promotes understanding of  this aspect  of AP calculus.  The editor wrote: "This is a wonderful paper. I live this approach when I teach integration at [the U.S. Military Academy] West Point "honors" students. …  It is wonderful.  We need to publish this work.  … I apologize for missing [your] talk. I would have jumped on you for the journal!!!"

8.   "The effects of measurement errors on systems of [simultaneous] linear algebraic equations", International Journal of Mathematics Education for Science and Technology,  (1984). Crucial for real life calculations.  Makes a college senior level topic accessible to high school seniors.


Selected Math Pedagogy Articles

1.   "Group learning helps minority students excel at university", Cooperative Learning 12 (Oct. 1991) pp. 26-27.  Earlier version appeared in The Maryland Federation Teacher IV*2 (May 1988), Page 3.  Half of article quoted by Al Shanker in weekly advertisement in "The Week in Review" section of New York Times, August 14, 1988, p.7.  Parts quoted in Washington Post, (March 7, 1989), p. B3.  (Expansion on my website and was on reading list for Claryce Evans's teaching mathematics course at Harvard University (1993))

2.   "Toward a lean and lively calculus course - with small group discovery work and more emphasis on understanding", Undergraduate Mathematics Education (UME) Trends, ( May 1995).

3.   "A Guided Small Group Discovery Method",  ibid. (July 1995).

4.   "Middle school math teaching and how it harms our children", (The cover article.) Humanistic Mathematics Network Journal, Issue #20, July 1999 Pages  3-7.  Avoiding this NOT TO DO list will improve instruction.

5. "Changing the Subject    Or Would you hire a good clarinet teacher to teach your child the violin?", ibid. Pages  7-9

"From the Editor" page:  "Every week or so, we are confronted with newspaper articles about new proposals to reform the teaching and learning of mathematics.  Some of the proposals have merit."

"The situations described in the two articles by Jerome Dancis, beginning on Page 3, are not mentioned in editorials or proclamations from a governor's office.  The victimization of those students is ignored by the politicians and editorial writers.  I hope that the publication of the articles will contribute to an awareness of and the repair of the scandalous situation."

6.   "The Texas Method and the Small Group Discovery Method", coauthor Neil Davidson, printed by Legacy of R. L. Moore Project at Center for American History, Univ. of Texas, Austin. (1999) Also at or access from


Education Policy

"Goals for high school Instruction in Mathematics." (1999) (on my website)

There are 25 of my newspaper education articles listed on my website at

            My article "A better way to give scholarships," was forwarded to all members of the Senate of Maryland by the president of the Senate of Maryland.

My work prompted 5 opinion articles in The New York Times, Washington Post and Baltimore Sun.   I was quoted in 10 newspaper articles in USA TODAY, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, The CQ Researcher (CQ is for Congressional Quarterly), Ft. Worth Weekly.


Education Talks

1999  Panelist at the "Discovery-based Teaching of Undergraduate Mathematics Courses" session at the Mathematics Association of America (MAA) annual meeting.

1999  "Student derivation of standard integral formulas - One way to reduce proof phobias", leadoff presentation at the "Proof in Math Education" session at the annual MAA meeting.

1998    Panelist at the Discovery Learning Conference, Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX.

1991   Joint Calculus Reform Seminar and Math Education Seminar, UMCP

1992   Invited talk at [College] Freshman Year Experience conference on Science and Technology Education at Worchester Polytechnic Institute in Worchester, Mass.

1992   Invited to talk at International [College] Faculty Development Conference.

Advisor. 2005  Member of Math advisor team for Certificate in Teaching Math to Diverse Learners in Secondary Grades  at Johns Hopkins University School of Professional Studies in Business and Education  (


Alerted supervisors of mathematics of Prince George's County (MD) Public School System (PGCPSS) to serious flaw in grading methods.  Subsequently, mathematics supervisor conducted workshop for mathematics teachers on appropriate grading methods. (1987)    Supervisor later invited me and I served as member of PGCPS Mathematics Program Area Team.  Advised supervisor about math curriculum.  (1990)


Pedagogy.  Was trained in Discovery Learning Method of instruction, complete with how to divide problems into student-appropriate bite-size pieces from my (National Academy of Sciences) professor, R.H. Bing.   Learned Small Group Discovery Method of instruction from Univ. of Maryland Math Education Professor Neil Davidson, past president of the International Cooperative Learning Society.  With Davidson, wrote article on both methods.  Devoted 15% of class time to group guided-discovery learning.  More guided-discovery learning occurred as homework. Devoted 100% of class time to guided discovery learning in topology (abstract geometry) classes.

In all my classes, in late 1970's, taught my students enough APL programming so that they could do computer calculations for all the math in the course. Taught uses of graphing calculators to calculus and pre-calculus classes.                  

            I am a proponent of word problems and have written articles on them.


Math research.  Wrote two research papers on how to speed up math calculations on computers for solving large systems of simultaneous equations that arise in engineering.  Wrote ten research papers on abstract geometric (topology) and ten on matrix algebra.  (Listed on my website.)


Membership    Mathematics Association of America (MAA)    (professional educational association of college mathematics teachers.)