Darryl Yong ’96

Darryl Yong, PhD, McGregor-Girand Chair in STEM Equity Innovation and Research and Professor of Mathematics, has served as an associate dean overseeing diversity, equity, and inclusivity initiatives and faculty development, the inaugural director of the Claremont Colleges Center for Teaching and Learning, and director of the Mathematics Clinic Program. His research focuses on secondary and tertiary mathematics education. He is primarily interested in how secondary-school mathematics teachers deepen their content knowledge for teaching, gain leadership skills, and learn new pedagogical strategies, particularly through peer communities. He serves on the steering committee for Math for America Los Angeles, a non-profit organization that he helped to start in 2007, and has worked closely with the Teacher Leadership Program of the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute since 2003. He was recognized for this work by the American Mathematical Society with the 2020 Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics.

Yong also carries out research on effective strategies for teaching and learning mathematics in higher education, including a four-year controlled study of flipped classroom instruction at Harvey Mudd. He has a special interest in inclusive pedagogy and seeks to broaden participation in the mathematical sciences.

Yong received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvey Mudd in 1996 (along with a second major in music), a master’s degree in applied mathematics from Claremont Graduate University in 1996 and a PhD in applied mathematics from University of Washington in 2000, where he was a Huckabay Teaching Fellow. He was a von Kármán postdoctoral instructor at Caltech from 2001-2003.

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