Kathryn Chval

  • Joanne H. Hook Dean's Chair in Educational Renewal
  • Dean of Education
  • Professor


Missouri Center for Mathematics and Science Teacher Education

Areas of Expertise

  • Effective Methods of Teaching Mathematics
  • Teaching English Language Learners
  • Preparing Teachers


Kathryn Chval holds the Joanne H. Hook Dean’s Chair in Educational Renewal in the University of Missouri College of Education. Faculty and professional staff in the College of Education secure external funding through grants and contracts and work in every county in the state to enhance the lives of Missourians.

In Fiscal Year 2016, the college was awarded $31.2 million in competitive, external funding, the third highest total on the MU campus behind CAFNR and Medicine. In addition, the College of Education has the largest graduate student enrollment on the Mizzou campus.

Kathryn is also a Professor of Mathematics Education. Her research focuses on effective preparation models and support structures for teachers, effective elementary mathematics teaching for English language learners, and curriculum standards and policies.

Prior to joining University of Missouri in 2003, Kathryn was the Acting Section Head for the Teacher Professional Continuum Program in the Division of Elementary, Secondary and Informal Science Division at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington D.C., where she oversaw a $56 million budget.

Kathryn has directed or co-directed research teams that received nearly $21 million in funding and has been funded continuously by the NSF since 1995. Additionally, she has authored more than 60 research publications including 17 books and is the recipient of the prestigious NSF Early Career Award and the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Early Career Award. She also spent 12 years at the University of Illinois at Chicago directing NSF-funded projects.