Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy is Chief Operating Officer for the National Science Foundation. Previously, she was Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Education and Human Resources, a position she held from February 2011. As AD/EHR and is responsible for the leadership of the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). She had served the Foundation in a number of capacities since 2007 including as inaugural director (through an Intergovernmental Personnel Act appointment) of the EHR Directorate's Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings.
From 2007 through 2009, Ferrini-Mundy was a member of the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Subcommittee on Education, and currently co-chairs the Strategic Plan workgroup of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on STEM Education. She is a member of the Mathematics Expert Group of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), and in 2007-2008,representing NSF, she served as an ex officio member of the President's National Mathematics Advisory Panel, and co-chaired its Instructional Practices Task Group. From 1999 - 2011 Ferrini-Mundy held an appointment at Michigan State University (MSU), where she was a University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education in the Departments of Mathematics and Teacher Education, and Associate Dean for Science and Mathematics Education in the College of Natural Science. Her research interests include calculus teaching and learning, mathematics teacher learning, and mathematics and science education policy at the K-12 level. Ferrini-Mundy holds a PhD in mathematics education from the University of New Hampshire. She was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011.