ACE Fellow, Professor, and Leader in Athens, OH
Bob Klein is a 2019-20 American Council on Education Fellow and Professor in Ohio University Department of Mathematics. He has served also as Interim Dean of Ohio University's Eastern Campus. He lives in Ohio's Appalachian foothills, where he researches issues of diversity, inclusion and access in education at all levels, and in mathematics and rural education in particular. As co-Director of the Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles, he is working to expand his previous work with the Navajo Math Circles project to other indigenous groups across the United States and the world. His team's work with Navajo communities is featured in a PBS documentary, Navajo Math Circles. His board positions include Launch Years National Advisory Board and the Underground Railroad Museum Foundation Board. His Board service has also included Ohio's Educator Standards Board, Teachers2Teachers Global, and the Belmont County (Ohio) Community Improvement Corporation.
Bob works to realize the power of education to transform all lives and communities for the better. In 2018, Bob was adopted into the Bitterwater Clan of the Navajo Tribe--an honor that has him humbled to his core. Recently, Bob co-curated an exhibit with his Bitterwater Clan adopted mother and brother, Sally and Henry Fowler. This exhibit, "Pattern and Disruption: Dine' Lifeways and Embedded Mathematics, at the Kennedy Museum in Athens, Ohio, explored the intersection of the mathematicians' and weavers' voice and vision. He chaired NCTM’s Editorial Panel for Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School and is a representative to the Congress of the Mathematical Association of America. He has published books, journal articles, and photographic images.
He is a father to three daughters. He built his own wooden kayak and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and nature photography.