Heaton selected for named professorship

Ruth Heaton
Ruth Heaton

The College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is pleased to announce Ruth Heaton, Ph.D, has earned the William, Mary, Mollie and Margaret Gilmartin Professor of Mathematics Education named professorship.

Being selected to hold a named professorship is a distinct honor that recognizes the accomplishments of the recipient, the excellence of the college and the generosity of its supporters.

Heaton has been a professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education since 1995. The University of Nebraska recognized her with an Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award, and she received the CEHS Swanson Award for Teaching Excellence. Heaton earned her Ph.D. at Michigan State, her master’s at the University of Vermont and her bachelor’s at the University of Minnesota.

Heaton’s scholarship is focused on improving the mathematical learning of all students in preschool through elementary school, especially students considered most at-risk of school failure, through qualitative classroom-based studies of teaching and teacher learning. Additionally, she has developed several school partnerships to study the learning of math coaches and administrators related to supporting teachers as learners.

This named professorship is made possible by a generous gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation from the estate of Margaret G. Sadler who wished to honor her parents William and Mary Gilmartin and her sister Mollie. Margaret was a 1929 CEHS graduate.