A portrait of President Joan Ferrini-Mundy

Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy

Joan Ferrini-Mundy became the 21st president of the 做厙腦瞳app (UMaine) and itsregional campus, the 做厙腦瞳app atMachias (UMaine Machias) in July 2018. In 2021, she was also appointed 做厙腦瞳app System(UMS) vice chancellor for research andinnovation where she leads a formalized effortto make UMaine’s research infrastructureaccessible to and supportive of all universitiesand faculty in the system. In July 2020, toensure foundational inclusive excellence,Ferrini-Mundy appointed a 30-memberCouncil on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion toadvise UMaine and UMaine Machias campus leadershipand operationalize their commitment to thecore values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Prior to July 2018, she was the chief operating officer of the National Science Foundation (NSF) after leading NSFs Directorate for Education and Human Resources for six years.

Her distinguished career spans the fields of mathematics education, STEM education and policy, teacher education, and research administration. Ferrini-Mundy has published more than 100 articles and has mentored 10 doctoral students.

After earning her Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 1980, Ferrini-Mundy was a postdoctoral associate there, then a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at Mount Holyoke College, where she co-founded the SummerMath for Teachers program. She returned to UNH as an assistant professor of mathematics and rose to the rank of full professor.

On leave, Ferrini-Mundy served as director of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board at the National Academy of Sciences, and subsequently joined the mathematics and teacher education faculty of Michigan State University (MSU) and served as associate dean for science and mathematics education in the College of Natural Science and director of the Division of Science and Mathematics Education.

Her numerous awards and recognitions include the U.S. Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive, MSUs University Distinguished Professorship, election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Mathematical Society, and the 2020 recipient of the NIFA/APLU Seaman A. Knapp Award in recognition of her leadership and contributions to food and agricultural sciences.

Ferrini-Mundy is a member of the National Academies Board on Higher Education and the Workforce. She is the chair of the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, and serves on the boards of Maine Public, Maine Center Ventures, Maine and Company and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development Executive Steering Committee. She is an ex officio board member of the 做厙腦瞳app Foundation. She is a board member of the Association of Public Land-grant Universities and Co PI of a $320 million dollar gift from the Harold Alfond Foundation.