Executive Advisor for Math and Science Education Policy, Texas Instruments
Richard J. Schaar is the Executive Advisor to the Office of Education Policy of the Educational and Productivity Solutions (E&PS) Division of Texas Instruments, Incorporated (TI). In this capacity, Dr. Schaar advises TI and it’s customers in the areas of math and science education policy. He has also served as Senior Vice President of Texas Instruments, Incorporated and as President of TI’s Education and Productivity Solutions business, which he lead to a leadership position in educational technology and professional development.
An active leader in educational reform, Dr. Schaar served on the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources. In addition, he has been deeply involved in the efforts around Finding Common Ground in PreK-12 mathematics education. In this capacity, Dr. Schaar co-chaired the IUPUI Finding Common Ground Conference sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA.)
Currently, Dr. Schaar serves on the Board of Math for America and chairs the Business Advisory Panel for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA.) He also is currently the chair of the Design Committee of Change the Equation (CTEq.)
Dr. Schaar was appointed President of Educational & Productivity Solutions in July, 1997. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Purdue University, a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics from the University of Chicago, and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Schaar has also been recognized with a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He served on the mathematics faculty of the University of Southern California.