Please consider nominating a colleague, a respected former teacher, or an inspiring speaker for the yearly James P. Crawford EPaDel Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching.
The nomination process is two-tiered. To initiate a nomination, the nominator must submit a one-page nomination cover sheet and nomination letter by December 15 (see below for forms). The Selection Committee will screen the nominations, and around January 1 will invite some of the nominators to submit full nomination packets. The full packets should be completed with the help of the nominee's department chair and submitted by February 1. The award winner will be announced at the spring EPaDel meeting.
Each year, the awardee will also be the official section nominee for the MAA Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.
No matter who you are, we urge you to submit a nomination for the Crawford Award if you have someone eligible and qualified in your department. The first stage of the nomination process is a simple one page form. Self-nomination is not permitted.
Eligibility and Guidelines
Eligibility requirements are based on national criteria. The award is open to College or university teachers who:
- currently teach a mathematical science at least halftime during the academic year in a public or private college or university (from two-year college teaching through teaching at the Ph.D. level) in the United States or Canada. Those on approved leave (sabbatical or other) during the academic year in which they are nominated qualify if they fulfilled the requirements in the previous year.
- have more than 7 years experience in teaching mathematical sciences.
- are currently members in the Mathematical Association of America.
- be widely recognized as extraordinarily successful in their teaching.
"Teaching" is to be interpreted in its broadest sense, not necessarily limited to classroom teaching. It may include activities such as preparing students for mathematical competitions at the college level such as the Putnam Prize Competition or the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, attracting students to become majors in a mathematical science or to become Ph.D. candidates, working with pre-service or inservice teachers, etc.
- have teaching effectiveness that can be documented.
- have had influence in their teaching beyond their own institution.
"Influence beyond..." can take many forms, including demonstrated lasting impact on alumni, influence on the profession through curricular revisions in college mathematics teaching with wide-ranging impact, influential publications or innovative books concerned with the teaching of college mathematics, etc.
- foster curiosity and generate excitement about mathematics in their students.
Preliminary nominations must be received by December 15, and shortly thereafter full nominations, which will follow the format of the national Haimo Award, will be invited. Preliminary nominations must include the following cover sheet and at most two pages of narrative.
Click here to download the nomination cover sheet.
Please complete the one-page form with at most two pages of narrative, and email in PDF form to Doug Ensley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Contribute to the Crawford Award
In 2003, the MAA EPaDel Section Distinguished Teaching Award was named to honor the memory of James P. Crawford of Lafayette College. Professor Crawford was an active supporter of the section teaching award during his life and provided a bequest to the MAA as part of an endowment for the award. This bequest funds about 40% of the award money and the remainder is currently paid from section funds. It was Professor Crawford's intention that his bequest be supplemented with other contributions to fully fund the award. To achieve this goal we ask that you make a donation to the fund.
To contribute, please print and mail the form linked below with your check made payable to the MAA. Remember that all donations to the MAA are tax deductible.
Click here to download the contribution form.
Recipients of the Crawford Award
Below is a list of recipients of the Crawford Award. Those whose names are in bold went on to also receive the national Haimo Teaching Award.
- 2019: Andrew Woldar, Villanova University
- 2018: Maria Lorenz, Temple University
- 2017: Gary Gordon, Lafayette College
- 2016: Robert Ghrist, University of Pennsylvania
- 2015: Pamela Gorkin, Bucknell University
- 2013: Maureen Carroll, University of Scranton
- 2012: Bela Bajnok, Gettysburg College
- 2011: Klaus Volpert, Villanova University
- 2010: John Meier, Lafayette University
- 2009: Barry Tesman, Dickinson College
- 2008: Robert Boyer, Drexel University
- 2007: Annalisa Crannell, Franklin & Marshall College
- 2006: Patrick Brewer, Lebanon Valley College
- 2005: Elizabeth McMahon, Lafayette College
- 2004: Marvin Brubaker, Messiah College
- 2003: If you know the recipient for this year please contact the webmaster.
- 2002: David Hill, Temple University
- 2001: Dennis DeTurck, University of Pennsylvania
- 2000: Anthony D. Berard, Jr., King's College
- 1999: Joanne Darken, Community College of Philadelphia
- 1998: James Crawford, Lafayette College
- 1997: Rhonda J. Hughes, Bryn Mawr College
- 1996: Nancy Baxter, Dickinson College
- 1995: Herbert Wilf, University of Pennsylvania
- 1994: William Dunham, Muhlenberg College
- 1993: David Sprows, Villanova University
- 1992: Doris Schattschneider, Moravian College