Judith Sowder is a Professor Emerita of Mathematics and Statistics at San Diego State University. She is a past editor of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education
and a past member of the NCTM Board of Directors. In 2000 she received
the Lifetime Achievement Award from NCTM. In 1996 she received a San
Diego State University Alumni Association Award for Outstanding
Teaching, Work, and Contribution to the University and Community.
Judith has published research in many journals, books edited by others
and books she edited or wrote, primarily dealing with children’s
development of number sense, and the instructional effects of teachers’
mathematical knowledge at the elementary and middle school level. Her
most recent is a chapter on “The Mathematical Education and Development
of Teachers” published in the Second Handbook of Research in Mathematics Education,
edited by F. Lester, and published in 2007 by NCTM and InfoAge. Judith
was the primary author of the middle grades content chapter of the
recent CBMS document The Mathematical Education of Teachers.
Judith served on the steering committee for the International Group for
Psychology in Mathematics Education from 1992-1996. She has received
funding for several research projects from the National Science
Foundation and the U. S. Department of Education and funding from
Qualcomm to develop, with Nadine Bezuk, a Professional Development
Collaborative. She is also a past director of the Center for Research
in Mathematics and Science Education.
Judith continues consulting work on many projects, and she is presently
working, with Larry Sowder and Susan Nickerson, on the publication of
mathematics curriculum materials for teachers, Reconceptualizing Mathematics, to be published by W. H. Freeman.
In January 2012 a conference with invited guests locally and from around the country was held at CRMSE as a tribute to Judith's career. Click here to download the program. To view (or download) photographs taken at the Judy Sowder Tribute, please click here. Click on the first thumbnail to view the photos as a slide show.