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Panel Sessions

Living Proof: Stories of Resilience Along the Mathematical Journey

Thursday, August 1, 1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 263

Description

As mathematicians we know that struggle finds us all. There are the usual difficulties with content, but many of colleagues face more subversive trials. Struggling with mathematics is part of the journey, but it should not be soul-crushing, nor should it involve gender, race, sexuality, upbringing, culture, socio-economic status, educational background, or any other attribute. Over the past year, the panelists have collected short stories from all corners of the mathematical community. These stories are written to inspire current students across the country as they face individual struggles and will be published as a joint project by the MAA and AMS. This session will provide a chance for the panelists to discuss how the project started and evolved, the process of soliciting pieces, how to get copies of the collection, and then open it up to a Question & Answer session on struggle and resilience in our discipline.

Organizers:
Emille Lawrence, University of San Francisco
Matthew Pons, North Central College
David Taylor, Roanoke College
Allison Henrich, Seattle University

Panelists:
Emille Lawrence, University of San Francisco
Matthew Pons, North Central College
Hortensia Soto, University of Northern Colorado
David Taylor, Roanoke College
Pamela Harris, Williams College

 

MAA Departmental Membership: Taking It to the Next Level

Friday, August 2, 1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 263

Description

MAA departmental membership is much more than free student memberships! Join panelists from a variety of institutional settings to discuss how to tailor the myriad benefits of departmental membership to your particular needs. Conferences, books, journals, Great Courses, the online Career Resource Center – the list is long. Come share your ideas and get inspiration for your own students and institution.

Organizer:
Kira Hamnan, Penn State University

Panelists:
Ximena Catepillan, Millersville University
Joyati Debnath, Winona State University
Spencer Hamblen, McDaniel College
Alicia Prieto Langarica, Youngstown State University

 

Career Paths in Business, Industry, and Government

Friday, August 2, 10:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 263

Description

You’re about to earn a degree in mathematics. Now what? You may be surprised to know that teaching isn’t your only option. Mathematical knowledge is a valued commodity, and there are many interesting job opportunities for mathematicians that don’t necessarily involve teaching. 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 career experiences in business, industry, and government 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 fields.

Organizer:
Emille D. Lawrence, University of San Francisco
David Stone, Georgia Southern University
Jeb Collins, University of Mary Washington
Aihua Li, Montclair State University

Panelists:
Richard Uber, Air Force Institute of Technology
Ryan Snyder, State Auto Insurance Companies
Mary Sefcik, Cleveland Clinic
Deming Zhuang, Citi Group

Sponsor:
MAA Committee on Undergraduate Students (CUSA)
MAA Committee on Business, Industry, and Government Mathematics (BIG)

 

Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching as an Integrated Application in Core Mathematics Major Courses

Thursday, August 1, 3:00p.m. - 4:20 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 263

Description

Core courses in the math curriculum often include problems attending to specific application areas such as science, engineering, and business. These problems serve to emphasize the utility of the mathematics in the areas, to legitimize the application area as requiring deep mathematical thinking, and to help students understand the breadth of career opportunities for mathematicians. The MAA META Math project (NSF DUE 1726624) is focused explicitly on adding “secondary teaching” to the list of legitimate application areas of mathematics by creating resources and training on the integration of curriculum materials for every math major course. In this session, panelists will share course materials and classroom activities that have been developed and successfully integrated into a traditional undergraduate major course with the goal of inspiring future teachers to engage in deep thinking about how the mathematics is connected to secondary school content. There will also be at least one panelist representing META Math researchers who are measuring the impact of these materials on the attitudes, recruitment, and retention of students preparing to become teachers as well as the attitudes of mathematics instructors toward their students who are pursuing a career in teaching.

Organizer:
Doug Ensley, Shippensburg University
Elizabeth Fulton, Montana State University

Panelists:
Elizabeth Burroughs, Montana State University
James Tanton, Mathematical Association of America
Rick Hudson, University of Southern Indiana
Lisa Berger, Stony Brook University

Sponsor:
SIGMAA on the Mathematical Knowledge of Teachers (SIGMAA MKT)

 

Jumping into IBL Teaching: Reflections by First-Time Practitioners

Friday, August 2, 3:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 263

Description

Curious about Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) but not sure where to start? So were they! In this panel, faculty who have recently taught an IBL-style course for the first time will reflect on their experiences. Panelists will share a typical day in the classroom along with lessons learned about what worked well and what they would change in the future. Courses represented will range from entry-level to upper divisional.

Organizers:
Angelynn Alvarez, SUNY Potsdam
Sarah Wolff, Denison University
Robert Kelvey, The College of Wooster

Panelists:
Emily Barnard, Northeastern University
Judit Kardos, The College of New Jersey
Sarah Nelson, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Kristen Pueschel, Penn State University New Kensington
Adam Giambrone, Elmira College

Sponsor:
SIGMAA on Inquiry-Based Learning (SIGMAA IBL)

 

Building a Community of Practice to Prepare Graduate Students to Teach Undergraduate Mathematics

Saturday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 263

Description

College Mathematics Instructors Development Source (CoMInDS) is an NSF funded MAA project whose purpose is to provide resources for faculty who are preparing graduate students teach undergraduate mathematics (TAPD). In order to serve those faculty, CoMInDS goals include:establishing a professional community of practice for providers of TAPD;offering professional development and resources for TAPD;developing an online resource suite of TAPD instructional materials and research. The MAA's Higher Logic platform is a general tool for community building within the MAA membership and beyond. Its essential functionality is centered around the sharing of resources and the support of conversations around them. In this panel, we will show how CoMInDS is using MAA's new community platform for communication and resource-sharing to support for PD for CMI’s. The panel will consist of 4 presentations: an overview of MAA's new online platform for building communities;a tour of how to use the resource suite of instructional materials related PD for CMIs;a description of how you can contribute resources to the suite;a discussion of how we are using the new platform to build an online community of practice for providers of PD for CMIs.

Organizer:
Jack Bookman, Duke University

Panelists:
Doug Ensley, Shippensburg University
Teri J Murphy, University of Cincinnati
Jack Bookman, Duke University
Emily Braley, Harvard University

 
Year: 
2019

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