Early Career Teaching Award

In 2017, the EPaDel section of the MAA created an Early Career Teaching award so that the EPaDel community can recognize members of the section early in their careers who are extraordinarily successful in their teaching both in their own classroom as well as beyond.

Each year, the awardee will also be the official section nominee for the MAA Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member. In addition, the award carries a cash prize.

Eligibility and Guidelines

Eligibility requirements are based on national criteria. The award is open to college or university teachers who:

A nominee who has just started the eighth year of teaching at the time of the application is still eligible for the award. If a nominee has held his or her doctorate for more than seven years then the nominator must indicate on the nomination form the times that the nominee was not teaching. Common exceptions to the 7-year limit are maternity, paternity, family, or medical leaves. Sabbaticals and postdoctoral fellowships are exceptions only if they involved no teaching and the application does not include accomplishments made during these times.

Nominees should:


To nominate someone for the Early Career Teaching Award, please send an email to our Awards Coordinator, Dr. Ali Alikhani-Koopaei, at axa12@psu.edu. Please include "EPaDel Award Nomination" in the subject, and include the following information:

Recipients of the Early Career Teaching Award

Alder Award Winners

The following are members of our section who have won the national MAA's Alder Award.