Professor Lesser has 3 decades of university teaching (in CO, GA, and TX) as well as experiences as a state agency statistician, full-time high school math teacher, and university-wide teaching center director. At The University of Texas at El Paso (an R1 university 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 has won several state or multi-state teaching awards (e.g., SW-MAA, UTROTA, Piper) and a score of awards in national education contests (e.g., Grand Prize in NSF’s 2019 We Are Mathematics Video Competition). He was selected for the series of prominent statistics educators interviewed in Journal of Statistics Education.
He’s published textbooks and 110+ 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 about 20 years’ worth of service as Editor, Associate Editor, or Assistant Editor for several national journals, including the top two in statistics education research. He’s had over a half-million dollars in external funding (including his latest NSF grant), around 200 (inter)national presentations, and several dozen instances of TV/radio/print media coverage of his activities, ranging from regional NPR radio to CNN.