Roland G Pourdavood (Professor Roland G. Pourdavood), Mathematics Education
 Title: Professor
Full Professor
 Dept: Teacher Education
 Office: JH 325
 Phone: 216-687-2072
 Fax: 216-875-9875
 Email: R.POURDAVOOD@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. JH 325, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Teacher's Dialogue, Teacher's Reflection, Constructivism, Mathematics Reform, School Transformation, Teacher Change,
 
Education:
Ph.D., Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum - Mathematics Education, The University of Oklahoma, 1996
M.S., Applied Mathematics, University of Central Oklahoma, 1993
B.S., Mathematics, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 1990
 
Brief Bio:
Professor Roland G. Pourdavood is a teacher educator whose content area is mathematics education.  However, he chooses a wider readership than the mathematics education community.  He conducts psychosocial research, which has broader implications than the traditional content area of mathematics education.  His interest in social constructivist epistemology influences his research in the areas of teachers dialogue and critical reflections to facilitate teacher change and school reform.  Social constructivist theory claims that an interactively open system must be understood through the process of the systems interaction with the environment.  An interactively open system cannot be studied in isolation.  Social constructivist theory recognizes the importance of individual identity, individual autonomy, and the notion of context.  According to this theory, learning and knowing are built by individuals within the social and cultural milieu.    The notion of experience and social interaction plays a pivotal role in constructivist theory (Cobb, 1994).  His early descriptive research, which focused on teachers dialogic community and self-reflection to facilitate teacher change, has evolved.  His more recent research has concentrated on the implication and application of his theoretical perspectives.  For example, his publications in the journal Focus on Learning Problems in Mathematics shows the evolution of his research.  One of the major goals of his research has been to raise mathematics achievement of African-American students using social constructivist theory.
 
Honors and Awards:
2007/2008 The Cambridge Whos Who recognition

2007 Certificate of Appreciation for chairing the Research Council on Mathematics Learning (RCML) conference in Cleveland

2007 Earned Merit Recognition Award for research and scholarly achievements

2005 Earned Merit Recognition Award for research and scholarly achievements

2005 Earned Fulbright Certificate award from The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and U.S. Department of State

2003-2004 Earned Fulbright Research/lecture award to South Africa for six months

2003-2004 Earned Merit Recognition Award for teaching, research and service

2003-2004 Earned Certification of Appreciation from the Board of Trustees of Cleveland State University for bringing national and international recognition to the University

2003-2004 Earned Professional Leave award

2001-2002 Earned promotion to the rank of associate professor with tenure

2001-2002 Graduate Faculty Professional Travel Award from Graduate Studies and Research ($ 210.00) for scholarly activities

1999-2000 Merit Bonus Awards ($ 2,780.00) for scholarship/creative activities

1999 Scholarly and Creative Achievement of Cleveland State University Faculty, Friends of University Library

1999 Certification of Appreciation for participation in the Transforming Learning Community project and personal commitment to improve Ohios schools, from the Governor of the State and the Superintendent of Public Instruction
1998 Outstanding Young Men of America Award

1997 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, from University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma 1997

1998 Scholarly and Creative Achievement of Cleveland State University Faculty, Friends of University Library

1997-1998 Merit Bonus Program Award ($ 2,700) for scholarship/creative activities

1997 & 1999 Certification of Participation, Praxis III, Pathwise Level I Training

1996 Received Phi Delta Kappa Certification of participation Awards for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
 
Creative and Activities:
2007/2008 The Cambridge Whos Who recognition

2007 Certificate of Appreciation for chairing the Research Council on Mathematics Learning (RCML) conference in Cleveland

2005 Earned Merit Recognition Award for research and scholarly achievements

2005 Earned Fulbright Certificate award from The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and U.S. Department of State

2003-2004 Earned Fulbright Research/lecture award to South Africa for six months

2003-2004 Earned Merit Recognition Award for teaching, research and service

2003-2004 Earned Certification of Appreciation from the Board of Trustees of Cleveland State University for bringing national and international recognition to the University

2003-2004 Earned Professional Leave award

2001-2002 Earned promotion to the rank of associate professor with tenure

2001-2002 Graduate Faculty Professional Travel Award from Graduate Studies and Research ($ 210.00) for scholarly activities

1999-2000 Merit Bonus Awards ($ 2,780.00) for scholarship/creative activities

1999 Scholarly and Creative Achievement of Cleveland State University Faculty, Friends of University Library

1999 Certification of Appreciation for participation in the Transforming Learning Community project and personal commitment to improve Ohios schools, from the Governor of the State and the Superintendent of Public Instruction

1998 Outstanding Young Men of America Award

1997 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, from University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma 1997

1998 Scholarly and Creative Achievement of Cleveland State University Faculty, Friends of University Library

1997-1998 Merit Bonus Program Award ($ 2,700) for scholarship/creative activities

1997 & 1999 Certification of Participation, Praxis III, Pathwise Level I Training

1996 Received Phi Delta Kappa Certification of participation Awards for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation
 
Research Interests:
Professor Roland G. Pourdavood's research in the areas of teachers dialogue and critical reflections to facilitate teacher change and school reform are influenced by his interest in social constructivist epistemology.  He has investigated the change in preservice and practicing teachers beliefs and practices, especially related to teachers dialogue as a medium for construction of knowing and transformation.  In addition, He is interested in knowing and understanding complexities of transforming schools as learning organizations
 
Teaching Areas:
Teaching mathematics content and methods classes to undergraduate and graduates students has been both challenging and rewarding as many students, particularly students majoring in Early Childhood Education,   have come to understand and enjoy mathematics for the first time in their lives.  Professor Pourdavood's on-going research in methods classes has contributed to his personal praxis and has resulted in several publications.  Recently, he developed a graduate/undergraduate Methods course packet and related materials for integrating history, culture, and mathematics applications.  
Courses Taught or Supervised

Undergraduate: Mathematics Methods Pre K-Primary (ECE 415), Math Methods for Middle Childhood Education (EDM 315), Math Methods for Secondary (EDS 315), Secondary Mathematics Field Experience Practicum (EST 380).



Graduate: Mathematics Methods Pre K-Primary (ECE 515), Curriculum and Material for Secondary Mathematics (EDC 515), Practicum in Mathematics Intervention (EDC 522).
 
Professional Affiliations:
Because of his strong commitment to teacher education as well as mathematics education, Professor Pourdavood is involve in a variety of organizations in mathematics education and teacher education.  He is active in each of these organizations either reviewing conference proposals and/or manuscripts for publication, and/or attending conferences.

International

2003  Present International Learning Conference
2004  Present Southern African Mathematics, Science, & Technology Education
National
2004  Present Member of Fulbright Association
1992 - Present National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
1995 - Present Psychology in Mathematics Education-National (PME-NA)
1997 - Present Research Council on Mathematics Learning (RCML)
1997 - Present American Educational Research Association (AERA)
1995 - Present Phi Delta Kappa (PDK)
1998 - Present Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA)

State and Local

1997 - Present Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM)
1997 - Present Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM)
 
Professional Experience:
Teaching, Conducting Research, Grant Writing, Consulting schools for reforming mathematics and transforming schools
 
University Service:
Department Level
          
Chair  Faculty search committee
Mathematics Education Search Committee, SIP, 1997-1998
Member  Faculty search committee
Interviewing Early Childhood Candidate for Term Position, TE,2004
Early Childhood Search Committee, TE, 2002-2003
Department Chair Search Committee, SIP, 1999-2000
Social Studies Search Committee, SIP, 1999-2000
Mathematics Education Search Committee, SIP, 1996-1997
Mathematics Education Search Committee, SIP, 1998-1999
Department Secretary Search Committee, SIP, 2001
            
Other committee work
  
Specialized Instructional Programs (SIP) petitions committee (1996-1999)    
Mentoring part time faculty for Early Childhood Mathematics Methods course ECE 415/515
Chairing Mathematics Education committee for Developing Conceptual Framework and Course Material for Early Childhood and Middle Childhood (2004- present)

College Level

Serving at the PRC committee (2006-present)
Member of Doctoral Studies Committee (1999-2001)
Chair doctoral dissertations (2 completed)
Doctoral dissertation Methodologist (1 completed)
Doctoral dissertation, Member 5 (3 completed)
College of Education petitions committee (1997-2001)
Appointed to doctoral faculty to serve as student advisor (1997-present)  
Appointed as a qualitative research methodologist in mathematics and dialogic communities in education (1996-present)
Participated in Praxis III and Pathwise as a CSU Mentor, a partnership with Euclid Public Schools, 1997-1998 & 1998-1999
Member of the Masters of Urban Secondary Teaching Preparation Program Ad hoc Committee (1997-1999)
Participation in the NCATE accreditation visit, 1997-1999 & 2003-2004
Instructing and advising Comprehensive Exams for Masters in Elementary and Secondary Mathematics, 1996-present
Interviewed Ph.D. Candidates in Urban Education (April 1999-present)
Monitoring and supervising Comprehensive Examination for Master Program (1997, 1998, 2000, and 2007)

University Level

College of Education representative on the CSU-AAUP Collective Bargaining Council (2003-2005)
Collaboration between Arts and Science Faculty and College of Education Faculty for Developing Curriculum for Middle Childhood Mathematics Courses (2002-2003)
Member of Graduate Council, 1999-2001 (SIP Representative)
Member of subcommittee for reviewing and restructuring graduate faculty status membership, 2000-2001
Cooperation with Advanced Manufacturing Center at CSU for conducting workshops for k-12 Mathematics and Science teachers, Summers 1998-2001
Serving in the  Graduation, Convocation, and Assembly Committee 2006-present
Chairing the Graduation, Convocation, and Assembly Committee 2007-present
Serving as a marshal for the 1997-2001,2005-2007 Commencement Ceremonies
 
Professional Service:
International

Reviewer for International Journal of Learning 2005

Associate Editor of the International Journal of Learning, Volume 12, 2005

Writing Imbewu Numeracy Booklet for Early Childhood teachers in poor communities in Eastern Cape, South Africa;

Conducting workshops for k-7 teachers in Port Elizabeth, South Africa;

Engaging university faculty in collaborative research at NMMU

National

Reviewer for professional journals

Mathematics Teacher, (1995present)

Teaching Education Journal, (1998-present)

Focus on Learning Problems in Mathematics (2004-present)

Reviewer for national conference paper presentations

Psychology in Mathematics Education-National (PME-NA) (1998-present)

Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA) (1999)

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) (2001& 2002)

Research Council on Mathematics Learning (RCML, 2001-present)

Service in national organizations

Chairing and hosting Thirty- Fourth Annual Meeting of Research Council on Mathematics Learning (RCML, 2007) in Cleveland, Ohio
  
Research Council on Mathematics Learning (RCML), Executive  Committee Member, Membership Coordinator, (2002- present)

Research Council on Mathematics Learning (RCML), Conference Committee Member (2001-2004)

Regional

Facilitator of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference, Cleveland, OH, November, 6-8, 1997.
 
Community Service:
Local and Global Community Interaction

Collaborative Research with Colleagues at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Department of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (SMATE), Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Collaborative Research with Colleagues at University of Quebec At Montreal (UQAM), Faculty of Education, Montreal, Canada

Research engagement at Shaker Heights High School (two 12 grade classrooms) Supported by NEOCEx and ODE under title of Mass Access and Equity in Mathematics Education for two pre-calculus classrppms, from August 2006-present

Research engagement at Lomond Elementary School (K- 4) and Onaway Elementary School (K-4) under title of Mass Access and Equity in Mathematics Education for integrating arithmetic to algebra, from June 2003-present

Research engagement at Lomond Elementary School (K- 4) from June 1997-present

Research engagement at Lomond Elementary School (K- 4) from June 2002-present, collaboration among Lomond Teacher, university of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), and Cleveland State University, 2002-2005

Transforming Learning Community (TLC), a collaboration among 5 universities, 12 public schools, and Ohio Department of Education, 1997-1999
 
Research Grants:
1.  2006-present North East Ohio Center for Excellence, Co-Director/Co-PI ($88,000)  

2.  2005,Canada, in collaboration with Dr. Nicole Carignan and Dr. Jacinthe Girouy at University of Quebec at Montreal ($77,237.00)

3. 2003-04   U.S. Fulbright Scholar grants to South Africa for six months of teaching and research ($ 26,000.00)

4. 2001 SMARTer Kids Grant for SMART Roomware, in collaboration with Dr., Goodell, external grant supported by SMARTer Kids Foundation ($ 9,550.00)

5. 2001 SMARTer Kids PREP Grant for SMART Roomware, in collaboration with Dr., Goodell, external grant supported by SMARTer Kids Foundation ($ 3,297.00)

6. 2001 SMARTer Kids Grant for NEC Visual Presentation
Products, in collaboration with Dr., Goodell, external grant supported by SMARTer Kids Foundation ($ 2,090.00)

7. 2001    House Bill Funds for Technology, in Collaboration with Dr. Goodell, internal grant supported by COE ($ 30,000.00)

8. 2001 Instructional material for teaching mathematics for Middle
Childhood and secondary grades, six computers and supporting materials, internal grant supported by COE ($ 20,000.00)

9. 2000 Instructional Software for Teaching Middle Childhood Technology Committee, COE ($ 648.55)

10. 1999 Creating a Research Academy Within an Elementary
School: Teachers engage in action research on reading, writing and communication in mathematics. Dr. Lawrence V. Svec is the Principle Investigator/Project Director, from Martha Holden Jennings Foundation ($ 4,000.00)

11. 1999 Transforming Learning Community Grant Award from Ohio Department of Education ($4,000.00)

12. 1999 Computer for the Math Lab from the Dean, COE ($ 3,924.91)

13. 1999 College Technology Committee Awards Faculty Software ($ 2,168.00)

14. 1999 Ohio Sustain Initiatives, in collaboration with COE colleagues, Frank Johns, Ron Abate (($ 49,000.00)

15. 1997 Teaching Enhancement Awards for teaching mathematics methods k-8 ($ 1,992.00)

16. 1997 Teaching Enhancement Awards Program Graphing Calculators ($ 1,970.45)

17. 1997 Small Grants Program for teaching mathematics methods for K-8 ($ 1,965.00)

18. 1996 New faculty Research Challenge Award grand, from The University Office of Research and Economic Development ($ 9,000.00)