Dr. Beth Herbel-Eisenmann named new Director of PRIME

Beth Herbel-Eisenmann, mathematics education faculty member and Professor from the Department of Teacher Education (TE) at MSU, has been named Director of the Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME) and the Mathematics Education Graduate Program Director, effective August 16, 2022. Beth is a 2000 MSU graduate, and returned to MSU in 2008, saying that she "returned to Michigan State after being in academia for seven years, because of the quality of the teacher education and PhD programs and the opportunities to work with many amazing students and the really exceptional faculty.” 

Dr. Herbel-Eisenmann has been an active contributor to the PRIME program since her return, as well as teaching, serving on committees, and mentoring and graduating many PhD students. Beth has been very active in the national mathematics education realm for years, has won several awards and and from 2019-2022, was on assignment at the National Science Foundation where she was a Program Officer. 

Dr. Ralph Putnam served as the PRIME Director until August, 2022. He was a mathematics education faculty member from the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education (CEPSE), who held the position since January 2019, and was a faculty member at MSU since 1986. He officially retired on August 15, 2022. Congratulations to Dr. Putnam for the leadership he showed during his directorship, and best wishes on his retirement!

To read more about the PRIME director transition, click here



Photos of Ralph Putnam and Beth Herbel-Eisenmann