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ISMAA Annual Meeting


The 2011 Annual Meeting of the Illinois Section of the MAA


We are pleased to announce that the Illinois Section of the Mathematical Association of America is planning the Ninetieth Annual Meeting, which will be held at North Central College in Naperville, IL, April 7 - 9, 2011 (Friday and Saturday).


The conference includes the following events:  



More information is available at http://ismaa.knox.edu/2011SpringMeetingB.htm.


From the Section Chair


Iraj Kalantari


Western Illinois University

Macomb IL 61455





I write this message as the Chair of the Illinois Section of the Mathematical Association of American for the current year. The Board of Directors held its fall 2010 meeting last September at the downtown campus of De Paul University and more information about that meeting will be coming to you in the form of the minutes of the meeting.

One of the main topics of discussion was the upcoming 2011 Spring meeting that will be held at the North Central College on April 7-9, 2011.  More information on that will also be available to you, but here I ask you to consider putting it on your calendars.  The list of speakers is rich and we hope to have a large gathering.

Below, please be reminded of items for your consideration and possible action: 

• I ask the chairs of the mathematics departments to consider inviting, in particular, the newest additions to their department to consider becoming members of MAA and attending the spring meeting (and perhaps cover their registration and travel expenses to our ISMAA spring meeting – we are doing that in our department).

• Encourage your department to become an Institutional Sponsor of the ISMAA.  


• Nominate a deserving colleague for an ISMAA Distinguished Award (teaching or service). 

• Promote attendance and participation of your undergraduate and graduate students at the spring meeting.

• Consider presenting a talk at the spring meeting.

• Encourage your new colleagues to become members of MAA (and thus of ISMAA).

• Consider becoming a member of the Board of Directors of ISMAA.  Lanette Poteete-Young (Past Chair and leading the of Nominating Committee) welcomes your contacting her if you are inclined or if you can suggest a name.

• We are fortunate to have invitation and support of the Illinois State University and chair George Seelinger to slate our 2012 meeting at their campus at Normal Illinois. 

Please Consider volunteering your institution to host a meeting of ISMAA sometime.

If you have any other questions about the ISMAA please feel free to contact me.


Become an Institutional Sponsor

ISMAA has changed the levels of Institutional Sponsorship. Free student registration at the annual meeting comes with each level. The base level, Ordinary Sponsorship ($50), allows unlimited student registration at the annual meeting. The higher levels, Supporting Sponsorship ($90) and Speaker Sponsorship ($150), have all of the benefits of Ordinary Sponsorship PLUS two free faculty registrations. Those who choose Speaker Sponsorship will be listed as an underwriter of a plenary speaker at the ISMAA meeting.

Regular registration at the meeting is approximately $20 (on-site would be approximately $25), so those schools who would normally choose Ordinary Sponsorship may wish to consider the Supporting level. However, to make life easier on our secretary-treasurer (and faculty who wish to avail themselves of the "free" registration) please contact Jon Johnson by e-mail for the procedure prior to registering for the Annual Meeting. A copy of the form is also available online. Sponsorship forms should be mailed to:

Dr. Jon Johnson
ISMAA Secretary/Treasurer
Mathematics Department
Elmhurst College
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Looking for ISMAA Awardees

The ISMAA Awards Committee has extended the deadline for the section Distinguished Teaching and Distinguished Service awards to March 12, 2011. This is to enhance the likelihood of having section awardees this year. The section awardees will be presented at the ISMAA annual meeting, held at North Central College in Naperville, IL,April 7 - 9, 2011. We strongly encourage all members to take the time and nominate a colleague worthy of the awards.

For the guidelines on eligibility and nomination please visit the MAA Teaching Award web page. Questions about the ISMAA awards should be addressed to the ISMAA Awards Committee Chair Olcay Akman (oakman@ilstu.edu).


Illinois Section of the MAA Project NExT Program


Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is a professional development program of the MAA, with major funding provided by the Exxon Education Foundation, and additional funding from several other sources. This program is designed to support new college faculty in their teaching, scholarly, and professional activities and and to help these new faculty members to get involved in the mathematical community beyond their own institutions.

The success of Project NExT on the national level has prompted a number of MAA sections to organize their own local versions of this program. The Eleventh Annual ISMAA Project NExT Program will be held in conjunction with the ISMAA annual meeting at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, April 7, 2010- April 9, 2010.

Up to nine 2011 ISMAA Project NExT Fellows will be selected. Anyone within their first four years of teaching mathematics (after finishing a master's or doctoral degree) at any two or four-year college or university in Illinois is eligible, as well as any graduate students at universities in Illinois who are completing their PhD this year and have a position in Illinois for the 2011-2012 academic year. 2011 ISMAA Project NExT Fellows' meeting registration, pre-conference workshop registration, opening banquet fees, and Friday and Saturday lunches at the annual meeting will be paid for by the ISMAA Project NExT for the 2011 and 2012 ISMAA Annual Meetings.

The 2011 Program will begin on the morning of Friday, April 8, 2011 with the conference workshop. The workshop is followed by an opening lunch at which new ISMAA NExT fellows will have an opportunity to get to know one another as well as other sectional Fellows and national NExT Fellows. The ISMAA Project NExT program will conclude on the afternoon of Saturday, April 9, 2011, following the closing address of the ISMAA meeting. After a brief box lunch, the group will reconvene for a session devoted to professional development opportunities in the ISMAA and the MAA. This year we will match new ISMAA NExT Fellows with a Mentor at the meeting. It is expected that each Mentor-Fellow pair will continue to communicate about professional development issues throughout the following academic year.

Application materials for 2011 ISMAA Project NExT Fellows can be accessed via the links below. For further information, please contact the Director for the ISMAA Project NExT Program:

2011 ISMAA Project NExT Application (MS Word)
2011 ISMAA Project NExT Application (pdf)

Tim McMurray
Department of Mathematics


The registration deadline for the 2009 ISMAA Project NExT Fellows is February 28, 2011.

News From Around the Section


North Central College


The Department has hired two tenure-track faculty: Neil Nicholson, Ph.D., University of Iowa 2007 in knot theory, previously taught at William Jewell College; Katherine Heller, Ph.D. University of Virginia 2010 in operator theory, currently a Project NExT fellow.


Rockford College


 Dr. Filiz Dik has been tenured and promoted to associate professor.

Olivet Nazarene University


Mrs. Nicole Enzinger was hired as an assistant professor. She has a Masters in Mathematics Education from DePaul University and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at Illinois State University.

Dr. Justin Brown was selected as a Project NExT fellow for the 2010-2011 year.