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Thomas R Butts
Professor emeritus - Mathematics Educ.
Email Address  tbutts@utdallas.edu    Primary Phone Number 214-526-9705    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
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 DegreeMajorInstitutionYear
 Ph.D.MathematicsMichigan State University1973
 M.S.MathematicsMichigan State University1967
 B.A.Mathematics/EducationKnox College1965
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Research Interests

Since 1986, my writing has largely been devoted to textbooks and other resource materials for students and teachers grades 6 - 14. Included are

  • a High School textbook and other materials on Advanced Quantative Reasoning
  • a High School series on Integrated Mathematics,
  • writing activities for "We All Use Math Every Day" - the outreach program for the NUMB3RS TV shows coordinated by Texas Instruments. [Texas Instruments and NCTM have been providing weekly activities based on the hit TV series, NUMB3RS. Before each new episode, a short, ready-to-use mathematics activity for teachers and students has been posted on the CBS Web site]
  • many contributions to Figure This - a national Media Grant of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics,
  • serving three years on the NCTM [National Council of Teachers of Mathematics] Student Math Notes committee.

Speaking at various meetings is a way of interacting with teachers and/or students. Recent talks include :

  • "Teaching Algebra and Geometry Through Problem Solving"
  • "Art of Questioning: Twenty Questions [or More]"
  • "Teaching Mathematics Through Problem Solving: A Personal Perspective"
  • "Conversely Speaking: the Power of Thinking Backward
  • "Using Mathematics: From Cryptography to Catching Criminals
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  YearPublication  Type
2014, 2015, 2017
Advanced Quantitative Reasoning, Mathematics for the World Us, G. Foley, T. Butts, S. Phelps, D. Showalter
Book
2013
Posing Problems Properly, Defining Mathematics Education, 75th NCTM Yearbook
Book chapters
2003
Functions and Algebraic Methods with E. Phillips and M. Shauglmessy, Harper Collins, 2003 - updated version of Intermediate Algebra: Applications and Problem Solving, 2nd ed.1994
Book chapters
1994
Integrated Mathematics, Books 1- 3, Senior Authors: Rheta N. Rubenstein, Timothy V. Craine, Thomas R. Butts; [8 additional authors] McDougal Littell, Boston, Massachusetts 1994, 1995, revised 1998, 2001, 2003
Book chapters
1993
Guidelines for Teaching Algebra I and II [with 6 others], TEA, 1993
Book chapters
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2011-PresentProfessor emeritusMath Educ.NSMUTDallas
1995-2011ProfessorMath Educ.NSMUTDallas
1981-1995Asst./Assoc. ProfessorMath Educ.NSMUTDallas
1980-1981Visiting Assistant Professor  The Ohio State University
1975-1981Assistant Professor/Executive Officer  Case Western Reserve University
1973-1975Instructor/Acting Assistant Chairman  Michigan State University
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Invited Talks

"Conversely Speaking: the Power of Thinking Backward [talk varies with audience]
NCTM Annual Meeting St. Louis, MO, April, 2006
CAMT: Houston, TX , July, 2006 [featured speaker]
MAA State Conference, UTArlington, April, 2005
Conf. on Mathematics Teaching 6-12, Huntsville, TX Feb. 2004

"Learning Through Questioning
MAA State Conf., Dallas, 2012, CAMT Dallas, 2011 (featured speaker) CAMT: Houston, TX , July, 2006 [featured speaker]

"Teaching Mathematics Through Problem Solving: Algebra and Geometry",
Conf. on the Teaching of Mathematic, Huntsville, TX (Feb.2006)
CAMT, Dallas, TX, July, 2005

Teaching Mathematics Through Problem Solving: A Personal Perspective
Knox College Alumni Mathematics Symposium, Oct. 2005
UTDallas Lifelong Learning Seminar, Sept. 2004

Teaching Mathematical Reasoning: Some of My Favorite Examples [talk varies with audience]
Saturday Morning Math Group, UTAustin 2007, Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching, San Antonio TX, July 2004
National Council of Teachers Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, April 2003
Conference on Mathematics Teaching 6-12, Huntsville, TX Feb. 2002

"Geometry Problems to Motivate and F ascinate " [talk varies with audience]
Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching, San Antonio TX, July 2004
Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching, Houston, TX, July 2003
Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching, Dallas, TX, July 2002
Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching, Dallas, TX, July 1999

"20 Questions [and More] " [talk varies with audience]
Conf. for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching, Dallas, TX, July, 2005
Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching, San Antonio TX, July 2004
Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching, Houston, TX, July 2003
Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching, Dallas, TX, July 2002

"Mathematical Modeling for Teachers and Students "
Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching, Dallas, TX, July 1999
Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching, Houston, TX, Aug. 1997
Conference for Secondary Mathematics Teaching, Huntsville, January, 1997;
Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching, Dallas, TX, Aug. 1996

"Teaching Problem Solving to Teachers and Other College Students "
Amaual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Orlando, FL, Apr. 1989

Numerous talks in Greater Dallas to teacher groups, student groups, inservice groups. Recent examples include workshops at McKim1ey ISD, Frisco ISD, Ursuline Academy, Bishop Lynch HS, Lake Highlands HS, Covenant School

 


University and Community Service

University of Texas at Dallas

MATHCOUNTS (2008-2011)> Dallas ISD Math Olympiads, writer [1999 - 2009)i>

  • American Junior High School Mathematics Examination [sponsored by MAA, NCTM, and 6 other groups] Chair: [1984 -1990] Advisory panel [1990 - ] Texas State Coordinator [1984 - 1992]
  • American High School Mathematics Examination, Advisory panel [1982 - ]
  • Lancaster Math Olympiads for grades 5 - 8. [2006].
  • Activity writer: "We All Use Math Every Day" - the outreach program for the NUMBBRS TV shows coordinated by Texas Instruments [Oct. 2005]
  • Editor, Student Math Notes committee, NCTM [2004-2005 ] , member [2002 - 2005 ]
  • Member, Content Writing Team for NCTM Media Grant: Figure This - Public Engagement and Understanding Initiative [1998 - 2001]
  • Editor, Mathematical Log, the official journal of Mu Alpha Theta, national high school mathematics honorary society, [1990 - 1997]
  • General Chairman: NCTM Southern Regional Meeting, 1998
  • Member: Program Committee 1988 NCTM Annual Meeting
  • General Chairman: NCTM Southwestern Regional Meeting, 1986
  • Greater Dallas Council of Teachers of Mathematics: vice-president [1985-86]; Contest Committee Chairman [1987], acting president [1995 - 1997, 2001,2004 - ]
  • Member - Mathematical Modeling Action Team, Texas SSI, [1997-8]
  • Reviewer for NSF Teacher Enhancement Section [3 times]
  • Southem Association Evaluator [many times]
  • Science Fair judge [many times]
  • Member - Committee on Qualifications UTD [1989 - 1991]
  • Member - Natural Science Dean's Committee on Persormel [1998 - 1999]
  • Member of advisory panel for several local and state projects
  • Site liaison - Woodrow Wilson Foundation Summer Institutes for Teacher Teaching Teachers Program, [1991 - 1994]
  • Reviewer - Texas Mathematics Teacher [2004 - ]
  • College Mathematics Journal [1998 - ]

Case Westem Reserve Universigg and The Ohio State University

  • Staff member for Ohio Regional Conferences in Mathematics Education - an NSF sponsored series of two-day conferences on problem solving, calculators, and general mathematics [1979 - 1980]

Michigan State University

  • Co-director of the "Seminar in College Teaching" for all new graduate teaching assistants.
  • [1971 - 1975]

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