Nira Hativa is professor emeritus of teaching in higher education at Tel-Aviv University (TAU).
Hativa received her undergraduate and masters degrees in mathematics from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and her Ph.D. in math education from Stanford University. Her dissertation research that took place at the Stanford math department, looked to identify “what makes” effective teaching of mathematics. Until recently, she served as the director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and of the project of the online student ratings system at TAU.
During her tenure at TAU she has spent four year-long sabbaticals at Stanford University. One of these was at the Physics Dept. (being sponsored by Nobel laureate Douglas Osheroff) on a grant to improve instruction in that department.
In addition to her many publications in Hebrew, she has published in English five books, two DVD discs (demonstrating effective classroom teaching strategies by 24 award-winning Stanford faculty), and numerous articles and book chapters on issues related to effective teaching in higher education and to student ratings of instruction