of the Mathematical Association of America
Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching
Johnny E. Brown
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 who has also won his own institution's award for
Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching as well as several other awards for
service and teaching more limited in scope. Moreover, he has been successful
in teaching every kind of course in the department, from calculus for
non-majors, through mid-level courses for majors and non-majors, to advanced
analysis courses. He is an annual speaker in his campus's seminars for
freshmen and sophomore students designed to inspire students and help
them succeed in their college experience.
of his success in teaching is his commitment to his students' learning.
His students write that he is "enthusiastic about the subject matter"
he is teaching, that "he goes the extra step" for them, and
that his "enthusiasm ... inspires ... his students".
But his success
and contributions go far beyond his campus's borders. He is regularly
the face of mathematics in summer programs to increase minority junior
high and high school students' interest in math and science. He spends
a great deal of his time participating in programs across the nation that
encourage students and young faculty, especially African-American students
and faculty. At these events, he is both an educator and a role model
for the young people in exhorting them to focus on and excel in their
study of mathematics and eventually to enter math careers.
This year's recipient
is an exemplar of the kind of teacher all of us concerned about our students
and the future of mathematics would like to become!
It is my privilege
to present this award to Johnny E. Brown, of Purdue University, West Lafayette.
Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America
March 28, 2003
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