UNT names new Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science dean

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 15:36
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DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas has named GlĂȘnisson de Oliveira dean of the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS). He will begin serving as TAMS dean in January 2015.

"GlĂȘnisson de Oliveira brings a wonderful combination of enthusiasm, creativity, energy and experience to the important position of TAMS dean," said UNT Provost Warren Burggren. "TAMS is one of UNT's signature programs, and I am delighted that we have been able to attract leadership of this caliber."

De Oliveira has a Ph.D. in theoretical physical chemistry from Purdue University, and most recently has served as director of the Rhode Island STEM Center, department chair and professor of chemistry at Rhode Island College.

"I am so excited to join UNT and TAMS," de Oliveira said. "I look forward to working with UNT and the community to expand partnerships, increase diversity and build on the TAMS program's long history of excellence."

De Oliveira has a history of enhancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics education from the kindergarten through 12th grade and at the undergraduate levels in Rhode Island. His work has been funded through science and education grants from multiple agencies, including a $12.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

"We are looking forward to welcoming de Oliveira to the TAMS community," said TAMS Director of Academic Programs Donna Fleming. "Under his leadership, we will work together to ensure the continuing success of this outstanding program at UNT."

De Oliveira is replacing former TAMS Dean Richard Sinclair, who recently retired after 22 years with the program.

About TAMS

TAMS is a two-year residential program at UNT that allows exceptionally talented students to complete their freshman and sophomore years of college while receiving the equivalent of high school diplomas. Students enroll in the academy following their sophomore year of high school, live in a UNT residence hall and attend UNT classes with college students. After two years, they enroll at UNT or another university to finish their bachelor's degrees.