Prof. Dr. Stephen Hegedus
Dean of the School of Education
Dr. Stephen J. Hegedus currently serves as the Dean of the School of Education at Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to coming to Southern, Dr. Hegedus was a Full Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with previous appointments as Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Oxford, UK. He is also the founding Director of the Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education, a University Center. His PhD in Mathematics Education was from the University of Southampton, UK. He is the PI/Co-PI of various NSF-funded and US Department of Education (IES)-funded projects. His work is in the development and study of dynamic software environments with associated curriculum focusing on classroom connectivity and haptic (force-feedback) technology. This work also involves the professional development of pre and in-service teachers and large-scale integration of innovative technologies into K-12 curriculum. He has directed a Mathematics and Science Partnership in Massachusetts improving teacher content knowledge and growth within an entire district of grade 4-8 teachers. Research interests also include semiotics specifically the co-evolution of symbolic thinking and digital technologies, and the role of metacognition in advanced mathematical thinking. He has published and presented numerous papers and workshops at local, national and international venues, is the associate editor of several journals. He was awarded the prestigious UMass Dartmouth Scholar of the Year award in 2009.