Patricia Clark Kenschaft


Patricia Clark Kenschaft (born 1940)[1] is an American mathematician. Formerly professor of mathematics at Montclair State University, she is now a professor emerita there.[2] She is known as a prolific author of books on mathematics, as a founder of PRIMES, the Project for Resourceful Instruction of Mathematics in the Elementary School, and for her work for equity and diversity in mathematics.[3]

Education and careerEdit

Kenschaft graduated from Swarthmore College in 1961, earning a bachelor's degree with honors in mathematics and with minors in English, philosophy, and education. She earned a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963, and then returned to the University of Pennsylvania for doctoral studies, completing a Ph.D. in 1973, while in the same period raising a child and founding a nursery school in Concord, Massachusetts.[4] Her dissertation, in functional analysis, was Homogeneous  -Algebras over  , and was supervised by Edward Effros.[5]

After working in adjunct positions at St. Elizabeth's College and Bloomfield College, she joined the Montclair State faculty in 1973, and was promoted to full professor in 1988.[4] She retired in 2005.[6]

Service to the professionEdit

Kenschaft became the founding president of the New Jersey Association for Women in Mathematics in 1981 and of the New Jersey Faculty Forum in 1988. She chaired the Committee on Participation of Women of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) from 1987 to 1993, the Committee on Mathematics and the Environment of the MAA from 2000 to 2004, and the Equity and Diversity Integration Task Force of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 2003. She served as director of several projects to improve mathematics education in public schools, including PRIMES (Project for Resourceful Instruction of Mathematics in the Elementary School). Kenschaft hosted a live weekly radio talk show called "Math Medley" from 1998 - 2004.[4]


Kenschaft is the author of:[4]

  • Calculus: A Practical Approach (with Kenneth Kalmanson, Worth, 1975)[7]
  • Childbirth, Cooperative Style: Family Experience with Prepared Childbirth and Prenatal Classes (Exposition Press, 1977)
  • Linear Mathematics: A Practical Approach (Worth, 1978)[8]
  • Mathematics: A Practical Approach (with Kenneth Kalmanson, Worth, 1978)
  • Math Power: How to Help Your Child Love Math Even If You Don’t (Addison-Wesley, 1997; Dover, 2014)[9]
  • Mathematics for Human Survival (Whitter, 2002)[10]
  • Change Is Possible: Stories of Women and Minorities in Mathematics (American Mathematical Society, 2005)[11]

Additionally, she edited

  • Winning Women into Mathematics (Mathematical Association of America, 1991)[12]
  • Environmental Mathematics in the Classroom (with Ben Fusaro, Mathematical Association of America, 2003)[13]


Kenschaft was the 2006 winner of the Louise Hay Award of the Association for Women in Mathematics "in recognition of her long career of dedicated service to mathematics and mathematics education" and for her work "writing about, speaking about, and working for mathematics and mathematics education in the areas of K–12 education, the environment, affirmative action and equity, and public awareness of the importance of mathematics in society".[3]

In 2012, she received the Sr. Stephanie Sloyan Distinguished Service Award from the New Jersey section of the Mathematical Association of America. [14]

She was the 2013 Falconer Lecturer of the Association for Women in Mathematics and Mathematical Association of America, speaking on "Improving Equity and Education: Why and How".[2]

Kenshaft was selected a Fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics in the Class of 2021 "for almost 50 years of sustained and lasting commitment to the advancement of underrepresented groups in the mathematical sciences, especially girls, women, and African Americans. Her extensive service, publications, and outreach bring to light racism, sexism, and inequities, always delivered with the message that positive change is possible".[15]


  1. ^ Birth year from ISNI authority control file, retrieved 2018-11-28.
  2. ^ a b "Pat Kenschaft", Past Falconer Lecturers, Association for Women in Mathematics, retrieved 2018-02-27
  3. ^ a b "AWM Awards Presented in San Antonio" (PDF), Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 53 (5): 587, May 2006
  4. ^ a b c d Curriculum vitae, archived from the original on 2013-01-02, retrieved 2020-05-14
  5. ^ Patricia Clark Kenschaft at the Mathematics Genealogy Project. However, see MR2623178 for the full title.
  6. ^ Dr. Patricia Kenschaft retires:Montclair State University CSAM Newsletter (PDF), September 2005, p. 8
  7. ^ Review of Calculus: A Practical Approach:
    • Rodriguez, Dennis M. (March 1977), The Two-Year College Mathematics Journal, 8 (2): 89, doi:10.2307/3027223, JSTOR 3027223{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  8. ^ Review of Linear Mathematics: A Practical Approach:
    • Stenger, Allen (November 2013), "Review", MAA Reviews
  9. ^ Reviews of Math Power:
    • Neil, Marilyn S. (December 1998), Teaching Children Mathematics, 5 (4): 253, JSTOR 41197180{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Arvold, Bridget (January–February 2000), "Review", AWM Newsletter
    • Ziliak, Ellen (October 2014), "Review", MAA Reviews
  10. ^ Reviews of Mathematics for Human Survival:
    • Shulman, Bonnie (October 2002), "Review", MAA Reviews
    • Rauff, James V. (Fall 2002), "Review", Mathematics and Computer Education, 36 (3)
  11. ^ Reviews of Change is Possible:
    • Tawfeek, Danté A. (November 2005), "Review", MAA Reviews
    • Denkowska, Z. (2006), Mathematical Reviews, MR 2167140{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Cohen, Marion (August–September 2012), The American Mathematical Monthly, 119 (7): 616–620, doi:10.4169/amer.math.monthly.119.07.616, S2CID 218549258{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  12. ^ Review of Winning Women into Mathematics:
    • Brunner, Regina Baron (December 1991), The Mathematics Teacher, 84 (9): 770–772, JSTOR 27967421{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  13. ^ Reviews of Environmental Mathematics in the Classroom:
    • Mayes, Robert (March 2004), The Mathematics Teacher, 97 (3): 221, JSTOR 20871564{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Dobler, Carolyn Pillers; Lenth, Russell V. (May 2004), The American Statistician, 58 (2): 175, doi:10.1198/tas.2004.s241, JSTOR 27643537, S2CID 219594617{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Perkins, M. L. (July 2004), The Mathematical Gazette, 88 (512): 334–335, doi:10.1017/s0025557200175266, JSTOR 3620868{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Kaplan, Daniel (2004), "Review" (PDF), The UMAP Journal, 25 (1): 83–85
    • Coupland, Mary (2004), "Review", The Australian Mathematics Teacher, 60 (1): 25–27
  14. ^ Sr. Stephanie Sloyan Mathematics Association of America New Jersey Section Award for Distinguished Service2012 Distinguished Service Award (PDF)
  15. ^ "The AWM Fellows Program: 2021 Class of AWM Fellows". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved 7 November 2020.

External linksEdit

  • Archive of Home page at Montclair
  • Archive of Personal home page