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Panel Sessions

Advocating for Your Career and Yourself

Thursday, August 2, 1:30 p.m. -2:50 p.m.


How to obtain the resources to build a productive academic career is not a standard component of the graduate curriculum. From asking for a raise to securing institutional and external resources, this panel will discuss how faculty find and ask for resources needed for teaching, research, and other creative endeavors. What are appropriate requests and how can you effectively make them to help further your own career as well as the profession? This topic is of concern to mathematicians at all stages of their career, but it is probably most relevant for early and mid-career faculty.

Zsuzsanna Szaniszlo, Valparaiso University
Leigh M. Lunsford, Longwood University

Martha Abell, Georgia Southern University
Linda Braddy, Tarrant County College
Richard Cleary, Babson College

Sponsor: Project NExT Peach dots

Best Practices for Teaching Mathematics Online

Friday, August 3, 1:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.


The MAA Professional Development Committee is sponsoring this panel discussion on best practices for teaching online. In this session panelists will share what has worked well for them, what needs to be improved, and what they would not do again. This session will have three panel members with each member having considerable experience in delivering online courses.

Organizer: Kyle Riley, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Radu Cascaval, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Erica Hastert, Early College of Arvada
Linda Sundbye, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Sponsor: MAA Professional Development Committee

Nonacademic Career Paths for Undergraduate Mathematics Majors

Friday, August 3, 3:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.


You’re about to earn a degree in mathematics. Now what? You may be surprised to know that teaching isn’t your only option; in the “real world,” mathematical knowledge is a valued commodity, and there are many interesting job opportunities for mathematicians in nonacademic settings. Whether you are a mathematics student looking for a job once you graduate or an advisor looking for advice to give to future job-seeking students, this session will help you gain new perspectives on nonacademic career experiences and what employers value in their employees. Panelists will share their paths to their current positions and offer advice to others looking for employment in similar venues.

Pamela Richardson, Westminster College
Violeta Vasilevska, Utah Valley University

Erin Valenti Bawa, Monticello Associates
Stephanie Fitchett, Transamerica
Emilie Purvine, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Tyler Rust, Fast Enterprises

Sponsor: MAA Committee on Undergraduate Student Activities (CUSA)

Using Your MAA Departmental Membership

Friday, August 3, 4:30 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.


The relatively new MAA Departmental Membership allows member departments to give free student memberships to as many students as they wish. But once your students are all members, what do you do? This panel will explore how departments are using MAA resources with their student members to enrich teaching, create Math Club activities, generate capstone experiences, and more. We will also talk about strategies for managing your membership to get the most out of it.

Organizer: Kira Hamman, Penn State Mont Alto

Ximena Catepillan, Millersville University
Diane Davis, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Joyati Debnath, Winona State University
Larry Gratton, Berea College
Fernando Gouvea, Colby College

Sponsor: MAA Membership Committee

How to Apply for Jobs in Academia and Industry after Your PhD

Thursday, August 2, 4:30 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.


This session is aimed at graduate students and recent PhDs. An overview of the employment process will be given with ample opportunity for participants to ask questions. Questions that will be addressed include: How do you find which jobs are available? How do you choose which jobs you want to apply for? What are academic and other employers looking for in the materials that you send? How should you tailor your application materials for the job that you are applying for? How do schools conduct interviews?

Edray Goins, Purdue University
Eric Eager, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse

Panelists: TBA

Sponsors: The MAA Committee on Graduate Students and the MAA Committee on Early Career Mathematicians.