When John Dossey ’65, M.S. ’68, accepted a faculty associate position in the Mathematics Department in 1967, little did he and his wife Anne (Hodel) ’68, know it was the beginning of an Illinois State career. With a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Illinois, John started a tenure-track position in 1971.
He served on numerous university and National Academy of Sciences committees; was president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; distinguished visiting professor of mathematics at the U. S. Military Academy in West Point; and chair of the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences.
Focused on international comparisons of student performance in mathematics and the development of new forms of assessment of mathematics learning, John authored or coauthored more than 120 texts or research monographs/papers.
He was named a Distinguished Professor in 1986 and Distinguished Alumnus in 2007. The most important and enjoyable part of his ISU years was working with students.
He and Anne have fond campus memories—from their 1963 meeting in class to the present. They are proud that ISU remains focused on students and quality teaching. They relocated in 2012 to Arizona, where they enjoy family, playing golf and pickleball, and global travel.
Contact the Dosseys by email at jdossey@IllinoisState.edu or write to 65111 East Crystal Ridge Court, SaddleBrooke, AZ 85739.