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Resources for Department Heads

Resources for Department Heads

A brief (and incomplete) list of websites offering information to help run a mathematical sciences department,

Keeping in Touch

The Combined Membership List (, is supported by AMS (, MAA (), SIAM (, AMATYC (, AWM ( and the CMS ( You can look up members using a variety of filters. Be sure to keep your own contact information current, as well.

MAA Liaisons (/liaisons) serve as a resource for information from the national office to their department colleagues and to respond with comments and suggestions for ways the MAA can better serve their department. MAA Sections (/sections) provide a regional network to support faculty at all stages of their careers through sessions at meetings and programs such as Section NExT. See the MAA professional development pages (/programs) for details on these and other MAA programs.

Directory of Institutions in the Mathematical Sciences ( on the AMS website contains a list of institutions, arranged by state, which includes contact information and names of department heads.

The Joint Policy Board for Mathematics ( is a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society (, the American Statistical Association (, the Mathematical Association of America (), and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (

The Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences ( is an umbrella organization consisting of sixteen professional societies all of which have as one of their primary objectives the increase or diffusion of knowledge in one or more of the mathematical sciences. Its purpose is to promote understanding and cooperation among these national organizations so that they work together and support each other in their efforts to promote research, improve education, and expand the uses of mathematics.

Assessment and Your Department

The Statistical Abstract of Undergraduate Programs in the Mathematical Sciences in the United States ( (updated every five years), is available from the Conference Board for Mathematical Sciences website (

The AMS, MAA, ASA and Institute of Mathematical Statistics ( sponsor the Annual Survey of the Mathematical Sciences ( (The AMS also offers Towards Excellence ( as a free download.)

The MAA Guidelines for Programs and Departments in the Mathematical Sciences (/guidelines/guidelines.html) and CUPM Guidelines (/cupm) present recommendations that deal with a broad range of curricular and structural issues that face mathematical sciences departments and their institutional administrations.

The MAA project, Supporting Assessment in Undergraduate Mathematics (SAUM) (/saum) developed general guidelines and examples to help develop assessment programs for particular courses (or blocks of courses) and entire programs. A 2006 MAA Notes volume of articles and case studies is available on-line, as is a self-paced tutorial on assessment.

A recent project of the MAA Committee on Consultants produced the report Guidelines for Serving as a Consultant in the Mathematical Sciences, available with other resources related to department/program review at /ProgramReview.

Targeted Information on the Undergraduate Program

The CUPM Guidelines listed above offer a range of goals and examples related to specific groups of students. Background material is available through the CRAFTY Curriculum Foundations Project (/cupm/crafty).

In 2001, CBMS published The Mathematical Education of Teachers (, now known as the MET report. The full report is available through the CBMS website. The MET report serves as the basis for the MAA Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers (PMET) project (/pmet).

The National Research Council ( of the National Academies of Science ( released BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists ( in 2002. The report is available from the National Academies Press website (, along with many other reports. The MAA project Meeting the Challenges: Education Across the Biological, Mathematical and Computing Sciences collected resources for those wishing to address the significant need to reexamine quantitative training in the life sciences. Much of this can be found in the MAA Report, Math & Bio 2010: Linking Undergraduate Disciplines (/mtc), which we anticipate putting on-line soon. See /mtc.

Supporting Faculty Development

The MAA PRofessional Enhancement Program (PREP) serves as the umbrella for faculty development opportunities, including the PREP workshop program (/prep), Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers (PMET) (/pmet) and Supporting Assessment in Undergraduate Mathematics (SAUM) (/saum).

Project NExT ( supports young faculty through both national and section level programs.

Special Interest Groups within the MAA (SIGMAAs) (/sigmaa) offer a way for members with shared interests to connect with each other through special activities at regional and national meetings, and through targeted communications coordinated through the MAA.

Information on these programs as well as targeted resources to support grant writing and other professional activities are available through /programs as well as the Mathematics Digital Library,

Student Resources

Information for mathematics students is available through professional society websites, including AMS (, MAA () and SIAM ( The American Statistical Association ( has information on statistical careers. The Society of Actuaries ( and the Casualty Actuarial Society ( sponsor the Be An Actuary website (

The Project for Nonacademic Employment (, sponsored by the AMS, MAA, and SIAM, offers a variety of career information, as does the Sloan Project ( The AMS Mathematical Moments site ( provides examples of the role of mathematics in a variety of applied fields.

More career information, including career profiles and information on obtaining the MAA Career Profiles brochure, We Do Math! (/careers/brochure.html), is available on the MAA Student Career and Employment Resources page (/students/career.html).

The AMS recently launched a new service for students, called Headlines and Deadlines for Students (, that provides regular email updates.

Information on the Putnam Exam (/awards/putnam.html) (for undergraduates) and American Mathematics Competitions( (for middle and high school students) is available through MAA Online (). The Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP) ( sponsors both the Mathematical Contest in Modeling and the Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling.

Student paper sessions are sponsored by the MAA Committee on Undergraduate Activities and Chapters at MathFest, with travel grants available to Student Chapter members. The undergraduate student poster sessions at the Joint Math Meetings offer another opportunity for students to participate in national meetings. The MAA Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences (/rumc) program provides support for regional conferences that provide significant opportunities for students to present their work to their peers. The MAA Student Chapter (/students/chapter_index.html) program is currently under review, as part of the ongoing MAA strategic planning initiative, and we hope to enhance this programââ?¬•s ability to support local faculty effort to involve students in mathematics activities outside the classroom.

MAA Online

We think that MAA Online () offers the best place to start your search for mathematics-related information on the web.

A significant component of MAA Online is the Mathematics Digital Library (MathDL) (, which now encompasses the MAA book reviews, Classroom Capsules, Journal of Online Mathematics and Its Applications (JOMA), Digital Classroom Resources and more. Convergence (, the online magazine for the use of history in the classroom, is also linked from MathDL. MathDL is also the lead site in the Math Gateways project, which will soon launch and offer a portal to more than a dozen mathematical sites, providing a common search engine that we anticipate will enhance mathematics faculty's ability to locate resources across the web.

Other Organizations (not already mentioned above)

The purpose of the Association for Women in Mathematics ( is to encourage women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.

The National Association of Mathematicians ( has always had as its main objectives, the promotion of excellence in the mathematical sciences and the promotion of the mathematical development of underrepresented American minorities. It also aims to address the issue of the serious under-representation of minorities in the workforce of mathematical scientists.

Comments? Let us hear from you. We are always looking for ways to improve the information we make available.

Prepared by Michael Pearson, MAA Director of Programs and Services,