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Panel Sessions

Mentoring Matters

Thursday, August 7, 1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m., Hilton Portland, 23rd Floor, Skyline 2

The initiation of mentoring programs for all faculty is supported not just anecdotally, but also by data-driven recommendations that appeared in publications such as 2010's "Gender Differences in Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty" and 2006's "Report of the Banff International Research Station's Workshop on Women in Mathematics."   This panel offers several perspectives on mentoring, from individual experiences to programs supported by organizations such as the Association for Women in Mathematics and National Science Foundation.   Additionally, the panel addresses the process of finding the right mentor and having multiple mentors; and best practices for institutions interested in developing and training mentors.

Magnhild Lien, California State University Northridge
Maura Mast, University of Massachusetts Boston
Jacqueline Jensen, Slippery Rock University

Stan Yoshinobu, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Carol Schumacher, Kenyon College
Helen Wong, Carleton College
Courtney Gibbons, Hamilton College

Association for Women in Mathematics

How to Apply for Non-Academic Jobs

Thursday, August 7, 2:35 p.m. – 3:55 p.m., Hilton Portland, 23rd Floor, Skyline 2

Many Mathematics graduates seek academic jobs, but there are a vast number of opportunities for mathematicians outside of academia. Panelists in this session will discuss the non-academic job search process from where to find job postings to interviewing. Panelists with experience in a variety of non-academic positions in business, industry and government will speak about their own experiences and what they look for in potential new hires and future colleagues.

Jessica Deshler, West Virginia University

Allen Butler, Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc
Thomas Grandine, The Boeing Company
Kim Sacra, National Security Agency

Committee on Professional Development

Lessons from Successful Calculus Programs

Thursday, August 7, 4:10 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Hilton Portland, 23rd Floor, Skyline 2

In 2012, the MAA's National Calculus Study, Characteristics of Successful Programs in College Calculus, visited seventeen colleges and universities that had been identified as exhibiting some measure of success in Calculus I. This panel will present some of the findings of what makes for a successful program, reported by category of institution: research universities, regional universities, undergraduate colleges, and two-year colleges.

David Bressoud, Macalester College

Eric Hsu, San Francisco State University
Nina White, University of Michigan
Jess Ellis, San Diego State University
Kate Melhuish, Portland State University

Open Source Resources for Mathematics: Benefits and Costs

Friday August 8, 1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m., Hilton Portland, 23rd Floor, Skyline 2

This panel will include innovators in the development and use of open source resources for mathematics.  A variety of options will be represented ranging from computer software to online homework and Open Textbooks.  Significant time will be reserved for questions from the audience and between the panelists.

Each of the panelists will focus on the use of open source systems and how each can successfully enable end users to do and teach mathematics.  Costs--both tangible and intangible--will be considered and compared to those normally associated with commercial products.  Each panelist will address the advantages and disadvantages of these systems when compared to commercial products--and include any research on the efficacy of using their system for teaching purposes.  Philosophical reasons for supporting open source products will be addressed.  Additionally, avenues regarding how the audience can get involved in contributing to product development will be provided. 

John Travis, Mississippi College
Karl-Dieter Crisman, Gordon College

Davide Cervone, Union University (MathJax)
Jane Long, Stephen F. Austin State University (Sage)
Albert Kim, Reed College (R)
Rob Beezer, University of Puget Sound (Open Textbooks)
Robin Cruz, College of Idaho (WeBWorK)

Committee on Technologies in Mathematics Education
Professional Development Committee

Non-Academic Career Paths for Students who Like Mathematics

Friday, August 8, 2:35 p.m. – 3:55 p.m., Hilton Portland, 23rd Floor, Skyline 2

With events like recent super typhoon Haiyan and super storm Sandy occurring more frequently, many companies have come to realize that there is a greater need to hire those who can measure risk. The need to employ those with quantitative skills will continue to be in high demand. What kinds of jobs are available to those with these analytic and quantitative skill sets? Come to this panel to find out! You'll see that there are jobs in risk management, but also jobs in the tech field as well, Moreover, there are places for mathematicians in non-profits and the government sector too! During this panel we will hear from mathematicians from these various fields. Each panelist will be given the opportunity to describe their non-academic career and how their mathematical coursework prepared them best. Then we will open the floor to questions.

Lisa Marano, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Karen Marrongelle, Oregon University System
Ben Galluzzo, Shippensburg University

Representatives of NBA Trailblazers, Nike, and Galois

Problems Well-Suited for Math Circles

Friday, August 8, 2:35 p.m. – 3:55 p.m., Hilton Portland, Ballroom Level, Grand Ballroom II

Choosing a problem which is suitable for a math circle session is arguably the most important task for a circle leader.  Good problems are crucial not only for a single session – the success or a failure of a math circle depends on problems presented to participants. But what makes a problem good?  Which problems and topics are suitable and why? At the session, a sequence of experienced math circle leaders will present their ideas and share handouts that describe how to run a math circle on a particular topic. A general discussion will follow these presentations.

Tatiana Shubin, San Jose State University
Phil Yasskin, Texas A&M University

Brian Conrey, American Institute of Mathematics
Elgin JohnstonIowa State University
Amanda Serenevy, Riverbend Community Math Center
James Tanton, Mathematical Association of America
Paul Zeitz, University of San Francisco

SIGMAA on Math Circles for Students and Teachers (SIGMAA MCST)

The New Mathways STEM Prep Initiative: Results from the Design Team

Friday, August 8, 3:10 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Hilton Portland, Ballroom Level, Grand Ballroom I

The Charles A Dana Center’s New Mathways Project has begun the work of designing a STEM Prep Pathway serving students from developmental math to calculus. For the past eight months two teams of leading researchers and educators have been gleaning promising practices from the field and synthesizing them in order to determine the Content and Structure of this re-conceptualized pathway to calculus. This panel of representatives from both teams will lead an interactive discussion on challenges of preparing students for calculus, a presentation of their findings, and an overview of the course design. The panel is interested to respond to questions and receive feedback from the audience with respect to their findings and the subsequent proposed design. 

Frank Savina, University of Texas at Austin

David Bressoud, Macalester College
Susanne Doree, Augsburg College
Michael Oertman, University of Northern Colorado
Jim Roznowski, Delta College Emeritus

Chairing the Academic Department:  Advice and Perspectives from the Pros

Friday, August 8, 4:10 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Hilton Portland, Ballroom Level, Grand Ballroom II

Department chairs are called upon to deal with courses, schedules, curricula, research, grants, prospective and current students and facultly, alumni and employers, to name a few.  The specific duties and range of activities can vary between different types and sizes of institutions, as well as departments with different organizational structures and missions.  Nevertheless, successfully chairing a mathematics department uniformly requires the cultivation of new skills, knowledge, and perspectives, along with the collaboration of faculty, staff, students and the administration. For those who have been a chair for a while, are about to embark on their first term as chair, or are thinking about it for the future, this panel session will feature some great advice and reflections on chairing the mathematics department from faculty who have been there.

Jenna Carpenter, Louisiana Tech University

Mark Gockenbach, Michigan Technological University
Charlotte Simmons, University of Central Oklahoma
Linda McGuire, Muhlenberg College

Committee on Professional Development

Integrating Mathematical Software into Lower-Division Mathematics Courses

Friday, August 8, 4:10 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Hilton Portland, 23rd Floor, Skyline 2

This panel session will discuss the use of mathematical software as a teaching tool in math courses and techniques for successful adoption.  In this panel, we will specifically focus on using mathematical software in calculus and calculus-related lower-division courses.   With the growing integration of technology into peoples’ working lives, teaching students to use technology to do mathematics can be instrumental in allowing mathematics to become a tool students can apply throughout their lives. It also provides an additional avenue for students to enhance their understanding of the concepts underlying the calculations, by providing visualizations, or by allowing them to work with large, real-world data sets. The speakers will be content creators and teaching practitioners who will address not only the capabilities of the technology, but also proven best practices for using this technology in post-secondary education. This panel has been organized by the MAA Committee on Technology in Mathematics Education.

Natalie Linnell, Santa Clara University
Wade Ellis, Texas Instruments

Tom Dick, Oregon State University
Bill Bauldry, Appalachian State University
Doug Ensley, Shippensburg University

Committee on Technology in Mathematics Education

Writing for MAA Journals and Magazines

Saturday, August 9, 1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m., Hilton Portland, 23rd Floor, Skyline 2

Would you like to write an article for an MAA journal or magazine?  In this informal presentation, mainly for prospective authors, the editors of MAA periodicals discuss the types of articles wanted, the mechanics of preparation, and the qualities of writing that they wish to encourage. The editors of the online publication Loci will join the editors of Math Horizons, MAA Focus, College Mathematics Journal, Mathematics Magazine, and American Mathematical Monthly in this interactive conversation.
Ivars Peterson, Mathematical Association of America
Scott Chapman, Sam Houston State University

Scott Chapman, Sam Houston State University (Editor, American Mathematical Monthly)
Walter Stromquist, (Editor, Mathematics Magazine)
Michael Jones, Mathematical Reviews (Editor-Elect, Mathematics Magazine)
Brian Hopkins, St. Peter’s University  (Editor, College Mathematics Journal)
David Richeson, Dickinson College (Editor, Math Horizons)
Janet Beery, University of Redlands (Editor, MAA Convergence)

Council on Publications
Communications and the Committee on Journals

Innovative Curricula for Developmental Mathematics

Saturday, August 9, 2:35 p.m. – 3:55 p.m., Hilton Portland, Plaza Level, Broadway III & IV

Last November there was a National Math Summit, which concentrated on new innovations in developmental math courses.  These courses aim to help students understand mathematics and progress to a credit level math course as fast as possible.  Most of these courses are being piloted in two-year colleges, and, with the increasing number of students transferring from two-year to four-year colleges, the goal of this panel is to acquaint the audience with some of the new initiatives.

Joanne Peeples, El Paso Community College

Wade Ellis, Texas Instruments

Amy Getz, University of Texas at Austin
Karon Klipple, Carnegie Foundation
Linda Zientek, Sam Houston State University
Paul Nolting, State College of Florida

Committee on Two Year Colleges (CUTM)
Subcommittee on Calculus Reform and the First Two Years (CRAFTY)

Open Access Publishing in Mathematics:  Who?, What?, Where?, Why?, and How?

Saturday, August 9, 2:35 p.m. – 3:55 p.m., Hilton Portland, 23rd Floor, Skyline 2

This panel is intended to provide both current information and a forum for discussion about open access models of scholarly publishing in mathematics and mathematics education.  Panelists will address how such publishing venues can effectively serve authors and readers, then the session will provide an opportunity for discussion between speakers and session attendees.

Linda McGuire, Muhlenberg College

James Crowley, Executive Director, SIAM
Gizem Karaali, Pomona College
Ted Mahavier, Lamar University
Allegra Swift, Claremont Colleges Library

Committee on Professional Development