Dr. Rock received his B.S. in Mathematics form Vanderbilt University, M.A. in Mathematics Education from the University of Central Florida, and Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Mathematics Education) from the University of Central Florida. David has taught mathematics in Florida and Mississippi at the middle and high school levels. He was a professor and coordinator of Secondary Education at The University of Mississippi (1998 – 2004) and the chair of the Department of Education at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Prior to his return to Ole Miss, he was Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA (2006 – 2010). He has conducted hundreds of educational workshops and seminars at local, state, and national conferences in which his goal is to increase interest and enthusiasm of the teaching and learning of mathematics. David has received numerous awards including The Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology at the Twelfth International Conference on College Teaching and Learning (2001) and Outstanding Researcher Award for the School of Education at The University of Mississippi (2002).
David has also published numerous articles and co-authored 15 books including Teaching Secondary Mathematics (2013), Scratch Your Brain Where It Itches (2001, 2006, 2008), and Teaching K-6 Mathematics (2003). For the past 8 years, David served as the editor and co-editor of the Palette of Problems in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics journal, Teacher Middle School Mathematics. He Along with his wife Michelle, a former elementary teacher, he has four children: Carly (15), Kyle (13), Katelyn (11), and Cassidy (8).
David and conducted hundreds of seminars including keynote presentations for the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Idaho Leadership Conference on Mathematics and Science.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, He is the developer of Ole Miss Math Challenge which encourages students to utilize the Internet to solve challenging mathematics problems from across the globe. After viewing a contest problem, students submit a solution to the contest site. A return message is sent to each individual answering a problem indicating whether the respondent’s solution was correct or incorrect. If the answer is correct, the student's name and school address is listed on the contest site. At the end of the week, the current problem is retired to a page labeled “Past Problems." Teachers, students, and parents can then access and use these problems for mathematical enrichment and fun! The site receives more than five million hits annually and is viewed by thousands of students from 237 different countries from thousands of schools in more than 5000 cities as well as all fifty U.S. states. This site is listed number 1 on google for math contests. In addition, a new math forum has been created to allow participants to communicate with each other about mathematics. Hundreds of participants share their thoughts about mathematics from across the globe. These problems will stretch your mind in places they have never been stretched before!