Office of African-American Affairs
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Tel: (434) 924-7923
Fax: (434) 924-0513
Dr. McClain joined the staff of the Office of African-American Affairs as an assistant dean in the fall of 2011. His primary responsibilities are to mentor, advise, and support undergraduate students enrolled in mathematics and mathematics implicit courses at the University. In addition, he is in the process of developing a course that explores the mathematics of change and chance.
Dr. McClain's career in education began in 2002 when he was a National Science Foundation STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) teaching fellow in Norfolk Public Schools. He later worked as a mathematics teacher and instructional specialist in Portsmouth Public Schools. Most recently, he was a mathematics test development specialist at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C.
In addition to his practical experience in mathematics education, Dr. McClain has published several articles in refereed journals related to the experiences of Black students in mathematics classes. His core research focus is related to mathematics achievement identity development of Black undergraduate students. Specifically, he seeks to gain a better understanding of the factors that influence the development of identity.
Dr. McClain studied mechanical engineering at Old Dominion University, earning Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Education from the University of Virginia.