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Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America
Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching
of Mathematics
Justin J. Price
To the best of our knowledge, a citation was not prepared for the presentation
of this award; however, the following was the citation given for the national
award.
The Mathematical Association of America is pleased to present a 1993
MAA Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics
to Justin J. Price of Purdue University. Professor Price was the recipient
of the 1993 Indiana Section Award for Distinguished College or University
Teaching of Mathematics.
Justin J. Price received his Ph. D. in mathematics at the University
of Pennsylvania in 1956, and he has taught at Comell University and, since
1963, at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he is Professor
of Mathematics. At Purdue, Professor Price has been involved with an exceedingly
wide variety of courses, ranging from Graduate Real Analysis to Freshman
Calculus and from Honors Real Analysis for advanced undergraduate mathematics
majors to special courses for mathematics education majors. He has positively
influenced the lives and careers of an enormous number of students and
colleagues through his teaching and his related efforts. He has authored,
with Harley Flanders, textbooks in calculus, precalculus, and college
algebra. In 1976 he was awarded the Lester R. Ford Award for excellence
in expository writing by the MAA for his article "Topics in Orthogonal
Functions," which appeared in the American Mathematical Monthly,
and his contributions of teaching related articles to the mathematical
literature continue to be appreciated by readers of such journals as The
Mathematics Teacher and The College Mathematics Journal.
Excellence in exposition is not only a quality of Professor Price's own
writings, but also a goal which he has challenged his students to attain
and to carry along with them into their careers. His point of view on
this expectation of students  whether prospective mathematics researchers
or prospective school teachers  is qualitatively the same: to develop
the ability to express mathematical ideas clearly and precisely in a grammatically
correct and readable mixture of mathematical formalism and English. Price's
emphasis on writing excellence in the mathematics curriculum preceded
the acceptance by professional organizations of such efforts as fundamental
adopted principles by at least a decade. And he is currently involved
as a principle investigator in a major NSFfunded project "Enhancing
Teachers' Abilities to Teach Mathematics as Communication."
For his extraordinary success in the teaching of mathematics, excellence
in exposition of the ideas of mathematics and mathematics education, and
positive influence on the careers and lives of students, teachers, and
colleagues, Justin J. Price is deserving of this recognition.

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