Bob Klein

ACE Fellow, Professor, and Leader in Ohio, USA

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Bob Klein serves as Chair and Professor of the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Foundations in the College of Education at Eastern Illinois University. A 2019-20 American Council on Education Fellow, Klein spent almost 18 years in various roles at Ohio University. These include: Professor and Provost Fellow for Student Success Initiatives (Ohio University Department of Mathematics), Interim Dean (Ohio University Eastern), Interim Associate Dean (Ohio University Lancaster). He is passionate about the transformative power of education and views administrative leadership as a powerful way to serve students and to promote access and equity. His scholarly work includes books, articles, presentations, congressional briefings, and a museum exhibit (Pattern and Disruption: Dine' Lifeways and Embedded Mathematics). These focus on rural education research, Indigenous educaiton, equity in mathematics education, community partnerships, and more. As co-Director of the Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles, he is part of a talented team whose work has included the Bluebird Math Circles, a PBS documentary, Navajo Math Circles, and the opportunity to meet and work with thousands of students and hundreds of teachers who share a dedication to making the world better through education. His board positions include or have included Launch Years National Advisory Board and the Underground Railroad Museum Foundation Board, Ohio's Educator Standards Board, Teachers2Teachers Global, and the Belmont County (Ohio) Community Improvement Corporation.

He chaired NCTM’s Editorial Panel for Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School and was a representative to the Congress of the Mathematical Association of America.

He is a father to three daughters. He built his own wooden kayak and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and nature photography.

  • Work
    • Academic Leader & ACE Fellow
  • Education
    • PhD 2003, The Ohio State University