Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

Department of Mathematics


Lawrence H. Shirley

Professor and Co-Assistant Chairperson
Ph.D., Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria
Interests: ethnomathematics, mathematics teacher education
                  and curriculum implementation, history of

Office:   7800 York Road, 333
Phone:   410-704-3500
Fax:   410-704-4149

Lawrence Shirley, Ph.D.
Spring 2015
Office Hours:

Monday:  11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Wednesday:  11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Friday:  11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
and by appointment

Lawrence Shirley is a mathematics educator with special interest in the history and culture of mathematics and ethnomathematics. Between 2001 and 2011, he served as Associate and Acting Dean of Graduate Studies. He is originally from Arizona and has a B.S. in mathematics and history from Caltech, an M.Ed. in comparative and international education from Illinois, and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from Ahmadu Bello University (Nigeria). After Peace Corps service as a high school mathematics teacher in Sierra Leone, he taught mathematics education at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria for fifteen years and was head of the mathematics education section. He has been at Towson University since 1989 and previously served as Vice-Chair and Acting Chair of the Mathematics Department and has returned as Co-Assistant Chair for 2013-15. He is a past-president of the North American Study Group on Ethnomathematics and the organizer of the Fourth International Conference on Ethnomathematics in July 2010. He was married for nearly thirty-six years to the late Alberta Ohenewah Shirley and has two grown children, Jeff Shirley and Emily Sweet, and step-daughter, Takyiwah Adisi.





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