Lewis begins one-year NSF appointment

Dr. Jim Lewis
Dr. Jim Lewis

Jim Lewis has assumed a leadership position with the National Science Foundation.

Lewis, an Aaron Douglas Professor of mathematics, became deputy assistant director of the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources on Jan. 26. He has accepted an initial one-year appointment in Washington, D.C.

His responsibilities will include shaping strategy, policy and funding priorities related to education and human resources. Lewis will also represent the directorate while interacting with constituencies that include the U.S. Congress and the White House, along with other federal agencies and research funding sources. He will report to the assistant director of NSF education and human resources, who in turn reports to the NSF director.

The Directorate for Education and Human Resources, one of seven within the foundation, aims to ensure the nation’s leadership in discovery and innovation through a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“It is a privilege to have an opportunity to make an impact on mathematics and science education at the national level,” Lewis said. “I look forward to working with the NSF. At the same time, I will miss the day-to-day interaction with my colleagues at UNL and the dedicated staff in the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education. Their support has been invaluable.”

Lewis’ directorship of the center will transition to Judy Walker, chair of the Department of Mathematics, and Wendy Smith, assistant director of the center.