2011 Distinguished Teaching Award
Dr. Connie Campbell
Connie M. Campbell is a professor of Mathematics at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. She received her B.A. from Huntingdon College and her M.S and Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. Connie completed her dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Bill Staton in the area of extremal graph theory and joined the mathematics faculty at Millsaps College in 1992.
Early in her career at Millsaps she began teaching the transition to proof course and this proved (pun intended) to be a pivotal experience. Connie quickly became fascinated with trying to determine what goes on in the mind of students as they are first learning to write proofs. Over time she began to videotape some of her students in small groups as they worked on constructing proofs. Some of the insights she gained from these experiences led to a number of articles, presentations, and collaborations all focused on helping students better develop their proof writing skills. After being encouraged by students and colleagues, Connie wrote Introduction to Advanced Mathematics: A Guide to Understanding Proofs which was published in 2011 by Cengage Learning.
Connie’s passion is teaching mathematics, but she also enjoys agility training with her dog Lucky, reading theology, kayaking, and traveling.