Larry Lesser

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El Paso Texas, 79968
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Larry M Lesser
Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Statistics/math educator Lawrence (Larry) Lesser's teaching (in Colorado, Georgia, and Texas) is enhanced by prior experiences as a state agency statistician, full-time high school math teacher, and UTEP teaching center director. His statistics/math education interests include teacher education, misconceptions/intuition, language/ELL/culture, equity, and engagement. His research/scholarship includes 120+ peer-reviewed papers and books and has led to awards, service on 5 (inter)national research or editorial boards, and on elected/appointed offices/committees in national organizations, and grants (such as 2012-16 and 2015-20 NSF grants, for which he is PI). His innovations have generated textbooks, invited plenaries at regional/national conferences, radio/TV appearances, and national, regional, and statewide recognitions including: the American Statistical Association’s 2021 Waller Distinguished Teaching Career Award, 2016 Minnie Stevens Piper Professor award, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning faculty award from the 2012 International Sun Conference on Teaching and Learning, a 2011 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award from the UT System, the 2010 Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics Award from the Mathematical Association of America’s Southwestern Section, and awards in several national educational contests. See www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/lesser/background.html for more information.


  1. Mathematics education
  2. Statistics education
  3. Equity
  4. Teacher education
  5. Language and culture
  6. Humanistic mathematics