The Mathematical Association of America
Maryland-District of Columbia-Virginia Section
John M. Smith Award Nomination Guidelines
Call for NominationsNominations for the 2016 MAA Section Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics are now being accepted. The Award Selection Committee will determine the recipient of the John M. Smith Teaching Award from those nominated. The awardee will be honored at the Spring 2015 meeting of the Section and will be widely recognized and acknowledged within the Section. The awardee will also be the official Section nominee for the 2016 MAA Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics.
Anyone may make a nomination, but nominations from chairs or MAA liaisons in departments of mathematical sciences are especially solicited. For this reason, this call for nominations is sent to both department chairs and MAA liaisons so that the responsibility for nominations can be shared between them. An outline of the nomination process can be found on the web site http://www.maa.org/awards/teachingawards.htm.
We urge you to submit a nomination for the MAA John M. Smith Teaching Award if you have someone eligible and qualified in your department. Even if not selected this year, it is an honor for someone to have been nominated, and your candidate can likely be nominated again in a future year. Your department will receive recognition for its commitment to excellence in teaching, and the work done in preparing a nomination folder for your candidate is a tribute in itself. Self-nomination is not permitted.
Guidelines for NominationNominees should
* "teaching" is to be interpreted in its broadest sense, not necessarily limited to classroom teaching. It may include activities such as preparing students for mathematical competitions at the college level such as the Putnam Prize Competition or the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, attracting students to become majors in a mathematical science or to become Ph.D. candidates, working with pre-service or inservice teachers, etc.
** "influence beyond..." can take many forms, including demonstrated lasting impact on alumni, influence on the profession through curricular revisions in college mathematics teaching with wide-ranging impact, influential publications or innovative books concerned with the teaching of college mathematics, etc.
Submitting a NominationThere is a two-step nominating process. Initial nominations are made by completing the Short Nomination Form by Friday December 4, 2015. The Section Award Committee will review these "short" nominations, and finalists will be invited to submit a full nomination packet. The full nomination packets will be due on Friday January 22, 2016. Initial submissions may be done either by mail or electronically.
Mail Submissions: Please fill out the Short Nomination Form and send a signed copy to:
Roland Minton, Section Teaching Award Committee Chair
221 College Lane
Salem, VA 24153
Electronic Submissions: Please fill out the Short Nomination Form (doc format, odt format, or pdf format) and email it to: email@example.com
Please use a subject line of John M. Smith Award Nomination. Nomination forms must be attached to the email and must be in either doc, odt or pdf format. Please note that these forms must be signed so a scanned pdf is probably the easiest form of submission.
Nominations must be postmarked or emailed by Friday December 4, 2015. The Section Award Committee will review these "short" nominations, and finalists will be invited to submit a full nomination packet.
The two-step process is designed to make it easy to submit an initial nomination, and so that only a few nominators need to go through the rigorous process of furnishing the full set of materials. Nominators will be informed in mid-December if their candidate is a finalist. For the finalists, the full nomination will include, in addition to the short form,
The Section Selection Committee will select the Section awardee during February and communicate its selection to the national MAA Secretary by no later than March 1, 2016 so that the national Committee can then make its selections. This one-year gap in nominations allows the nominee time to update their package before submission to the national level. The Section awardee will work with the chair of the Section Teaching Award Committee on this revision.
Nominations for someone from another Section should be sent to the Secretary of the nominee's Section.
We look forward to your participation in this exciting MAA venture of taking substantive action to honor extraordinarily successful teaching. We want to see such teaching recognized at all post- secondary school levels. We depend on you to help us identify those who merit such recognition.