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Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America
Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching
of Mathematics

Citation to

Lowell Beineke

The Indiana Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics annually recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of Section members who have been identified as extraordinarily successful teachers in the mathematical sciences and whose teaching effectiveness has been shown to have had influence beyond their own institutions.

This year's recipient is an excellent teacher in the traditional mold. He is willing to try new methods, but is not at all interested in the fads that have come and gone over the years. He has a sense of humor with a British flavor that makes his classes more pleasant, but he doesn't waste any time. He likes to present lectures without notes and is willing to spend large amounts of time grading homework and other assignments to an extent well beyond what most of us do.

The previous characteristics are those of many good teachers. What makes this year's recipient stand out is his commitment to the students that goes far beyond the ordinary. He helped start several student organizations at IPFW and has been actively involved in them. He has been elected to FACET at Indiana University, and has made presentations about teaching. He has directed several Ph.D. theses even though there isn't a doctoral program at IPFW.

He writes papers of interest to students and gives talks at student meetings. He often invites his students to his home, and hosts parties for the Math Club. In short, his interest in the students extends to their lives beyond the classroom. This obvious interest in the students is not lost on them. It is my privilege to present this award to Lowell Beineke, of Indiana University - Purdue University, Fort Wayne.


Steve Carlson, Chair
Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America
March 14, 1997

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