Dr. W. James "Jim" Lewis is the Deputy Assistant Director for the Education and Human Resources Directorate at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Lewis is on leave from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), where he is the Aaron Douglas professor of mathematics and Director of the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education. While at NSF, Lewis has served as co-chair of the P-12 Education Interagency Working Group, tasked with coordinating efforts to improve P-12 STEM instruction through efforts across federal agencies.
Lewis began his current position in January 2015. At UNL, he served as chair of the Department of Mathematics (1988-2003), during which time the department won the University-wide Department Teaching Award and an NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. He also was the Principal Investigator for three major NSF grants, the Math in the Middle Institute Partnership (2004-2011), NebraskaMATH (2009-2014) and NebraskaNOYCE (2010-2014).
Lewis has received many teaching awards including his university's Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award and the Carnegie Foundation's 2010 Nebraska Professor of the Year Award. He is also the recipient of the UNL Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women Award for his support of opportunities for women in the mathematical sciences and UNL's Louise Pound-George Howard Distinguished Career Award. In 2015, Lewis was recognized by the Mathematical Association of America's Gung and Hu Award for Distinguished Service and the American Mathematical Society's Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Louisiana State University in 1971.