2004 Distinguished Teaching Award

Dr. James Reid

Dr. T. James Reid received his B.S in Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University in 1983 and his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Louisiana State University in 1988.  He has spent the last 17 years at The University of Mississippi, where he is a Professor of Mathematics.  He served as Acting Chair of the Mathematics Department in 2001-2002 and is currently the MAA Liaison and Editor-in-Chief for the Proceedings of the Louisiana/Mississippi Section of the MAA.  He has taught a variety of undergraduate mathematics courses, as well graduate courses such as combinatorics.

Dr. Reid is recognized an effective and successful teacher.  He motivates his students to think critically and inductively conjecture about the mathematics they are learning.  His classes are made enjoyable by appropriate interjections of humor and his friendly, helpful manner.  He regularly received outstanding student evaluation in his classes.  In addition he is a popular graduate advisor, having graduated three Ph.D. students and currently advising two more.   

Dr. Reid is active in outreach activities, as evidenced by his participation in  various summer mathematics camps for junior high and high school students and his willingness to conduct two Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Days for the Association of Women in Mathematics.   He has also served for the past four years as the American Mathematics Competition Director of the State of Mississippi.  Dr .Reid maintains an active interest in the scholarship of teaching, having been invited twice to participate in national Calculus Symposia organized by McGraw-Hill. 

An accomplished and well-respected researcher in the area of matroid theory, Dr. Reid received the College of Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year Award at The University of Mississippi in 1993-1994.  He is an active member of both the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society.  He is also a Fellow of the Institute for Combinatorics and its Applications and serves as a Reviewer for Mathematical Reviews. 

Comments: travis@mc.edu