Dr. Michael C. Hynes is a Pegasus Professor Emeritus and Director of the School of Teacher Education. He attended Kenyon College and received his Bachelor of Science in Education from The Ohio State University. He completed his M.Ed. in Mathematics Education and his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Mathematics Education Track from Kent State University.
After teaching mathematics and science in Akron Public Schools and completing his Ph.D., in 1971 Dr. Hynes joined Florida Technological University in Orlando as an Assistant Professor in the Elementary Education Department. In nearly 50 years of service to UCF, Dr. Hynes has played many roles in the college. He was co-founder of the Center for Education Research and Development (CERD), Founder of Program Evaluation and Educational Research (PEER), founding Director of the Lockheed Martin/UCF Academy for Mathematics and Science (LMA) and the college’s first eminent Scholar. While Director, the K-8 Mathematics and Science master’s degree was created and additional funding from Lockheed funded the Transition to Mathematics and Science Teaching (TMAST) program. He has been Director of Research for the college and the college Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research.
Dr. Hynes professional interests relate to mathematics education, science education, the use of technology in instruction, problem-solving, and the improving the preparation of teachers. He has been very active in obtaining external funding for research. He has received over $4,000,000 in funding in over his career. Dr. Hynes directed a joint project of NASA and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Mission mathematics, that resulted in three books for teacher of mathematics, and Directed the program associated with the NASA Educator’s Resource Center at Kennedy Space Center. Over the years, Dr. Hynes has been published in many journals related to mathematics education and has consulted on several basal mathematics series for elementary schools.
Since 2004, his research and development activity has been focused on the development of a simulator for education known as TeachLivE. With colleagues Charles Hughes and Lisa Dieker, Hynes received $1.5 in funding to accelerate the development of TeachLivE from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The simulator is now licensed by UCF to Mursion, Inc. for commercialization. In 2014 the team received the New Schools Venture Funds: Learning Impact Award, in 2013 the National Training and Simulation Association Governor’s Award for Excellence in Modeling and Simulation Highest honor given by the Association and National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) Award for outstanding achievement in training (2013), in 2012 the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education, Honorable Mention for Leveraging Excellence Award: TeachLivE™ and the Innovative Technology of the Year Award: TeachLivE™, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, 2012.