Professor Lesser has 3+ decades of university teaching (in CO, GA, and TX) as well as experiences as a state agency statistician, statistical consultant, high school math department chair, and university-wide teaching center director. At The University of Texas at El Paso (a Carnegie R1 research university and HSI by the US-Mexico border), he is Professor (of Mathematics Education) in the Mathematical Sciences Department as well as a UTEP Distinguished Teaching Professor. He’s won national and state teaching awards (e.g., ASA Waller, SW-MAA, UT-ROTA, Piper) within and beyond his discipline and a score of awards in national education contests (e.g., Grand Prize in NSF’s 2019 We Are Mathematics Video Competition and a top prize at eCOTS 2022). He was extensively interviewed about his statistics education career in Journal of Statistics Education.
He’s co-authored national math textbooks and published 125+ peer-reviewed, well-cited papers on statistics education, language, culture, equity, engagement, teacher preparation, misconceptions, intuition, and STEAM. His extensive service to the profession includes co-organizing major conferences and decades’ worth of editorial terms for his field’s top scholarly venues. He’s had over a half-million dollars in external funding (including his most recent NSF grant), 200+ (inter)national keynotes or other presentations, and dozens of TV/radio/print media coverages of his activities, ranging from regional NPR radio to CNN.