About the MAA
The MAA Headquarters in Washington, DC in 1921 and today
Source: Library of Congress
There is an organization for people who love the mathematical sciences. A community that values discussion and exposition, for meeting colleagues and building knowledge together. An organization with roots in the nineteenth century and a powerful role in the twenty-first. It's the Mathematical Association of America.
It all began in 1894 with the American Mathematical Monthly - and ever since, the MAA has been providing mathematicians with the best expository articles, engaging problems, and articles devoted to teaching collegiate mathematics. In 1915, we became the MAA. Now we are more than 20,000 strong; faculty, students, practitioners, and people who simply love math. Most important of all, we are colleagues. We gather in Sections, at MathFest, and at the Joint Mathematics Meetings; we catch up on colleagues' activities and hear inspiring talks in mathematics; we help each other grow. In the process, we move our profession forward.
The MAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, independent, membership organization. Twenty-eight of the MAA's 29 Sections have 501(c)(3) status under an MAA group exemption; the Michigan Section has its own 501(c)(3) status under federal law.
The MAA will be the leading professional association in collegiate mathematics, the preeminent provider of expository mathematics, the primary and best source for professional development programs for faculty, and the number one provider of resources for teaching and learning.
Mission Statement (November 16, 2001)
The Mathematical Association of America is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. Our members include university, college, and high school teachers; graduate and undergraduate students; pure and applied mathematicians; computer scientists; statisticians; and many others in academia, government, business, and industry. We welcome all who are interested in the mathematical sciences.
The mission of the MAA is "to advance the mathematical sciences, especially at the collegiate level."
This mission guides our core interests:
We pursue these interests through extensive programs, meetings, and publications, well over one hundred national committees, and 29 regional sections.